New Zealand Rugby has been focused on leading, supporting, growing, and promoting the game of rugby union since 1892 — a time when sport was not synonymous with technology. The organisation has direct relationships with its members, including all 26 Provincial Unions, Investec Super Rugby clubs, and commercial and charity partners, as well as international rugby bodies and stakeholders, such as the New Zealand government. At the heart of all of that are the players. See also: Data analytics and wearables in professional sports (TechRepublic) According to performance analytics manager Jason Healy, NZ Rugby now finds itself in a pretty dynamic environment when it comes to its use of technology. And while he told ZDNet it’s a “whole lot of work” for an organisation like NZ Rugby to provide its teams with some “pretty cool tools” to keep advancing their performances on the field, the ability to quickly analyse data for insights is critical moving forward. SAS has been working with NZ Rugby and the All Blacks for seven seasons. The relationship dates back to 2013, when NZ Rugby adopted SAS Visual Analytics to replace a spreadsheet-based reporting process. Since then, the ability for rugby’s national sporting body to take advantage of player, team, match, and competitor data has come a long way. NZ Rugby collects and manages data for all national teams including the All Blacks on the SAS platform, as well as those playing in the international Investec Super Rugby competition and the national provincial competition, the Mitre 10… [Read full story]
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