Have you got the right team, both on and off the pitch?

Have you got the right team, both on and off the pitch?

The 6 Nations has been a huge fixture in family life growing up and I have early memories (and photographic evidence) of my father, brothers and I in matching shirts cheering on childhood heroes. As I get older, it becomes hard not to notice that Rugby (and sport in general) is evolving. If you can forget for a minute that he was talking about Healthcare at the time, Sir Muir Gray has a point….. “In…

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Using business analytics to generate real-time insight in rugby

Using business analytics to generate real-time insight in rugby

I started playing rugby at the age of 11, when I moved to secondary school. I must confess, when I began I felt certain that I wouldn’t enjoy it, and that I’d pursue football as I grew up instead. How wrong I was; since then I’ve represented my school, several clubs, and my University. I sometimes find myself explaining my passion for the sport to my friends, family, or colleagues. Trying to describe the exhilaration…

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A Tweet to England

A Tweet to England

Author: Cheryl Clarke, IBM UK Brand Systems & Advertising IBM are more than just the provider of match analytics for England Rugby. Yes, we’re probably best known for the IBM TryTracker tool, which fans use to enhance their insight and enjoyment of the game. However, we have a genuine passion for the game, just as the fans in the stands do. To mark England winning the 2017 RBS 6 Nations and their undefeated 18 match…

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Hidden tactics for players of every age – rugby meets analytics

Hidden tactics for players of every age – rugby meets analytics

It’s December 1st 2012, and I can’t believe what I’ve just seen, perched high in the South stand at Twickenham. Yes, sometimes the All Blacks let their opponents run up some early points, but then, as always, they’d thought “we’d better play some rugby here”, and just like that England’s fifteen-point lead was cut to one. Here’s what happened next… England stepped up in response, Chris Ashton flew over the try line with a characteristic…

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