Tissot, who has been the Official Timekeeper of a number of rugby events in the past, was chosen for its expertise. Bringing its innovative spirit to the TOP 14, as it did to the RBS 6 Nations by synchonising the in-broadcast and in-stadium timing, Tissot will now develop new timing solutions for the TOP 14. As well as displaying the match time alongside the pitch at all TOP 14 games, new rules from the 2014/15 season mean that the goal-kicker only has one minute of preparation time before they must kick for goal. In order for the referee to validate this, Tissot will also provide a clock at the pitch side for this purpose. Tissot will also provide live on-screen match timing that will be broadcast in 170 countries.
Commenting on the new partnership, François Thiébaud, President of Tissot, said: “Tissot is very proud to be the Official Timekeeper of the TOP 14, which gathers the best rugby players in the World. These Championships are the perfect platform for us to be showcasing our timing expertise in a highly intense environment, which at the same time represents the brand perfectly. Many of the core values of rugby, such as teamwork, respect, discipline and of course a love for sports, are shared at Tissot.”
Paul Goze, President of the French National Rugby League stated "The LNR is delighted to welcome Tissot to the TOP 14 team for an exclusive partnership in French rugby. Tissot will bring added technological value to all the matches, in which every second counts. It was only natural for the championship that is considered to be the world’s most attractive, to partner with a brand that is a leader on the international front.”