Rugby World Cup 2015: World Rugby officials keen to reduce TMO time

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Rugby World Cup organisers are keen to reduce the time taken for Television Match Official (TMO) decisions.

England's win over Fiji had stoppages of 10 minutes and eight seconds for incidents referred to the TMO.

"It's worth noting that just 28% of stoppage time in the opening match was taken up by the TMO process," said World Rugby match officials selection committee chairman John Jeffrey.

"But we are committed to reducing that while not compromising on accuracy."

He added: "As such, all involved - referees, TMOs, technicians and television producers - are working together to achieve that."

TMOs now have access to Hawk-Eye technology and simultaneous multiple-angle replays in real-time and slow motion, along with a zoom-function, to help them make decisions.

"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," said Jeffrey.

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

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