Jaco Peyper (Gallo)
London - Rugby World Cup organisers are
committed to reducing delays caused by Television Match Official (TMO)
decisions following a series of controversial incidents in the first eight
Rugby World Cup matches.
Lengthy hold-ups have infuriated spectators
and television audiences around the world at the start of the global showpiece
World Rugby Match Officials Selection
Committee chairman John Jeffrey said 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 said in a statement on
"The TMO process is used to make sure
the correct calls are made to protect the integrity of the game."
In Friday's opening match between England
and Fiji, the clock was stopped for 10 minutes and eight seconds while referee
Jaco Peyper referred six incidents to the TMO.
Jeffrey said 28 percent of stoppage time in
that game was taken up by the TMO process, adding that he was committed to
reducing that while not compromising on accuracy.
"As such, all involved - referees,
TMOs, technicians and television producers - are working together to achieve
that," he said.
Tournament organisers sought to clarify the
"The TMOs are tasked with promoting
accurate and consistent decision-making," they said.
"The objective of the TMO system is to
ensure accurate and consistent decisions are made on the field in a timely and
efficient manner," they added.
"The TMO is a tool to help referees
and assistant referees with their on-field calls and the referee remains the
decision-maker who is in charge of the process."