RWC bosses keen to reduce TMO delays

Date published: September 22 2015

Rugby World Cup bosses have clarified the role of Television Match Officials following several controversial incidents during the tournament's opening round of matches.

The tournament opener between England and Fiji at Twickenham lasted more than 100 minutes as referee Jaco Peyper referred six incidents for reviewal to his TMO, Shaun Veldsman.

And there were seveal other lengthy hold-ups which infuriated fans and global television audiences during the other seven matches played so far.

World Rugby's Match Officials selection committee chairman John Jeffrey said via a press release that the technology available was invaluable.

"The TMO is a part of the match official team and the fantastic technology available is a tool to be used in the making of key decisions during matches," he explained. 

"The TMO process is used to make sure the correct calls are made to protect the integrity of the game.

"It's worth noting that just 28 per cent of stoppage time in the opening match of this Rugby World Cup was taken up by the TMO process but we are committed to reducing that time further while not compromising on accuracy. 

"As such, all involved – referees, TMOs, technicians and television producers – are working together to achieve that."