NRL referees will be sporting brand new whistle technology next round in a move that will see the instruments fitted with special GPS tracking technology.
Aussie startup BlowThePea will supply the updated whistles to the NRL before next week in a bid to reduce the amount of wear and tear on the adjudicative devices.
“We are stoked to have landed the contract with the NRL,” BlowThePea CEO Steve Klim told us.
“Our whistles have peas inside them that are linked with a special app that will help the refs find them after they have blown them out of their whistles,” Klim added.
The new GPS technology is expected to revolutionise the performance of Matt Cecchin.
“Yesterday I blew 78 penalties and had to forage through the grass to find the pea several times,” Cecchin said.
“Being able to keep tabs on the pea will revolutionise my game and cut down on long stoppages.”
Despite being awarded the contract by the NRL yesterday, BlowThePea says it is concerned the deal may have been blocked by Ben Cummins.
“We have received several written warnings from Cummins that our contract was not written on a symmetrical letter head and he has also pinged our Chief Operating Officer for being offside – frankly in a business context we don’t know what that even means,” a confused Klim said.
NRL referees will be given a training run with the GPS whistles on Tuesday.