10 February 2019 04:30
Get the biggest rugby stories by email Subscribe Thank you for subscribing We have more newsletters Show me See our privacy notice Could not subscribe, try again later Invalid Email Technical issues have caused confusion for the match officials and TV viewers during Wales' Six Nations match with Italy. The match was actually delayed for a couple of minutes as the referee couldn't hear his Assistant Referees due to a problem with their microphones. There were confused conversations between Mathieu Raynal, Wayne Barnes and Shuhei Kubo as they looked to solve the issue - eventually kicking off as planned. And then 15 minutes into the match it became apparent that Raynal couldn't hear from his TMO. You can follow the latest live updates here.
The technical fault also seemed to cut out the referee's microphone feed for the TV coverage - with many viewers taking to Twitter to make their dismay known. Jonathan Davies had a second-half try chalked off with the help of the TMO, with headphones being brought out to Raynal to hear from TMO David Grashoff. There have been issues in previous games with referees not being able to hear from their fellow officials. Back in 2016, Nigel Owens had to have a mobile phone carried out to him so he could speak to his TMO when reviewing a potential try. Sign up for the very best in news and views from The Irish Times sports team Google ID Surname Email