Tuesday Feb 21, 2017

Fascinating insight to technology's role in modern rugby

Fascinating insight to technology's role in modern rugby
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Modern-day rugby is a lot more than just 30 players on a pitch knocking ten bells out of each other and scoring tries. Technology now plays an increasingly large role in the preparation and recovery of teams.

This brilliant video from the Ricoh Rugby Change Series focuses on the use of technology in analysing the performances of several Aviva Premiership sides. Various parametres are monitored, from player welfare and condtioning, to match-day tactics.

Heart monitors and GPS devices are perhaps the most common technologies used among teams. Players’ work rate and attrition are carefully studied to determine what sort of diet they need going forward, as well as letting the coaching staff know how intensive their training regime should be if they are carrying any injury.

Drone cameras add to the analysis of training-ground moves during the week, giving both attack and defence coaches a perfect understanding of what works and what doesn’t.

While the insight this sort of technology gives is fascinating, leading coaches and players maintain that instict should still be encouraged on the field of play. Teams must use the gizmos on offer productively and not become dependent on them.

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  •  stroudos
    stroudos

    Anyone see this clip of Jacob Zuma being heckled as he fumbled over Van der Westuizen's name? https://www.facebook.com/vanniekaap.co.za/videos/1275390432542841/

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  •  stroudos
    stroudos

    Interesting and insightful. Can't say I learnt anything as such, but this is a nice behind-the-scenes piece. The mos intriguing but I thought was where several of the coaches said they use all these data to back up their own gut instincts and subjective opinions. Not saying this is wrong, but it's generally not a great way to use research. As the advertising guru David Ogilvy said: a fool uses research the way a drunk man uses a lamp-post; more for support than illumination.

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  •  stroudos
    stroudos

    How dare you!! Wash your mouth out with soap and water Mr H. Collisions, big hits, dirty play, trysavers and rib-breakers are the very cornerstone, nay bedrock no less, of this wonderful website.

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  •  ssh
    ssh

    great to see this article on here. Perhaps you guys could take note and stop the endless posting of collision after collision after collision.

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