Hawk-Eye set for international debut

Twickenham Stadium where Hawk-Eye is set to debut during England-France on Saturday
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England's World Cup warm-up game against France at Twickenham on Saturday will be the first international rugby fixture to feature the use of Hawk-Eye, World Rugby has confirmed.

The technology is designed to improve the speed and accuracy of decision-making by television match officials and improve player welfare by giving the independent doctor the ability to quickly replay incidents.

The Hawk-Eye system, which comprises up to 36 cameras positioned around the pitch, offers multiple angle replays in real time, slow motion and includes a powerful zoom option and will be in place throughout the World Cup following a successful trial in the Guinness PRO12.

The system was first developed in 2001 for television presentational purposes within cricket coverage. Hawk-Eye is also used as technological method of adjudication across a variety of other sports including tennis, badminton and football.