World Rugby has taken aim at the World Cup over issues in refereeing inconsistencies over the opening weekend of the tournament.
There were various complaints regarding officiating over the first round of games, including the inconsistency of decision making at the breakdown, as well as the controversial tackle by Reece Hodge on Fiji’s Peceli Yato which left him concussed. Despite match officials deeming the tackle legal during the game, Hodge has since been cited and faces a disciplinary panel later this week.
In a surprise move, the governing body has criticised some of the decisions made saying they “were not consistently of the standards set by World Rugby” but promised a higher standard in the weeks to come.
The statement reads:
“Following the usual review of matches, the match officials team recognise that performances over the opening weekend of Rugby World Cup 2019 were not consistently of the standards set by World Rugby and themselves, but World Rugby is confident of the highest standards of officiating moving forward.
“Elite match officials are required to make decisions in complex, high-pressure situations and there have been initial challenges with the use of technology and team communication, which have impacted decision-making. These are already being addressed by the team of 23 match officials to enhance consistency.
“Given this proactive approach, a strong team ethic and a superb support structure, World Rugby has every confidence in the team to ensure that Rugby World Cup 2019 delivers the highest levels of accurate, clear and consistent decision-making.”