World Rugby: New Zealand to experiment with two referees

Australia's National Rugby League has used two referees since 2009
Two referees are now a common sight in rugby league in Australia

World Rugby is to trial the use of two on-field referees in New Zealand's 2016 provincial championship.

The decision follows a review of the rules by rugby's governing body.

Each referee's responsibilities have not been specified but it is thought the second official will police a new offside line a metre back from rucks.

Two referees have never been used in rugby union before but Australia's National Rugby League has had two on-field officials since 2009.

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