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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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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How a personal passion can bring business success

How a personal passion can bring business success

As the parent of a young rugby player, Jack, I have travelled around the UK and supported school rugby union, school rugby league, club rugby union and club rugby league teams through the teenage age groups, right up to county level. I can safely say I am very proud of Jack’s accomplishments. My involvement started back in 2011 and since then I have taken my family to fixtures at Twickenham to see England and some…

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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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Behind the Scenes with IBM TryTracker

Behind the Scenes with IBM TryTracker

The IBM TryTracker helps players, pundits and punters get a better understanding of England Rugby’s performance. This second-screen experience is available on the England rugby website and aims to engage fans, whether they are new to rugby or are experienced. Insights generated by IBM TryTracker enhance conversations about the game, before, during and after. The aim of this article is to provide some insight into what goes on “behind the scenes” during the build-up and…

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