It will be the first in England to have an official timekeeper wielding a klaxon under an experiment announced by the Rugby Football Union last night.
The experiment - common practice for years in Australia - applies only to the First Division, with each of the 10 clubs having been sent a klaxon and stop-watch by the union. The RFU's referees' committee believes the experiment will lead to an increase in playing time.
What is certain is that time-keeping will be more accurate, with the clock stopped promptly for injuries and 40 seconds after a place-kicker has indicated he is going for goal - in other words, as now. Once the klaxon sounds, play will end with the next stoppage. The running time will also be kept, using a second clock, so that the RFU can ascertain the percentage of time during which the ball is in play.Reuse content