O2 launches Matchday app for rugby fans

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O2 has launched Matchday, an app which allows rugby fans to listen to a live feed of referees’ microphones

O2 has today launched an application which delivers a live feed from rugby referees’ microphones to fans’ smartphones.

‘Matchday’ is available for download to Apple devices, with an Android version coming soon. It will allow users to hear every decision the referee makes and will also track social media for commentary.

International referee Nigel Owens said the app was an example of how transparent the sport is, and will demonstrate the skills involved in being a referee.

O2’s head of priority and sponsorship Mark Stevenson said: “We’ve developed the technology using fan feedback and it will continue to evolve throughout the RBS 6 Nations as rugby lovers put it through its paces. O2 has a strong heritage supporting England and the Ref!Link feature means those fans who can’t journey to Twickenham still get the amazing live stadium experience.”

O2 recommends using wifi to run the app, adding that data usage will be charged at the standard rate according to customers’ data agreement or package.

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