Newry based STATSports has signed a deal with the Irish Rugby Football Union to provide its GPS tracking and performance monitoring technology for every senior professional rugby player on the island of Ireland.
The sports technology firm will supply the Ireland men’s, women’s, U20’s and representative teams as well as the national 7’s squads with its Apex device which tracks players during games and training, and provides actionable feedback to coaching, athletic performance, and medical staff.
It has also reached an agreement to supply all four Irish provinces.
Leinster and Munster have been added to its client list which already included Ulster and Connacht, as well as 20 other major rugby union clubs.
The deal highlights Ireland’s strong position within the field of Sports technology and will be of major benefit to Irish rugby in terms of all teams working off the same set of measurable performance indicators.
“We are delighted to have STATSports as the official provider of GPS player tracking devices for Irish Rugby,” said Nick Winkelman, the IRFU’s Head of Performance & Science.
“Having tested existing solutions on the market, it was clear that STATSports was a world-class business with a world-leading performance analysis solution in the APEX unit.”
“In high-performance sport, and particularly in an environment where player welfare is a key priority, it is a necessity for our provinces and representative teams to have access to quality data that can inform and shape performance, recovery and injury prevention.”
“As STATSports’ oldest client, Ulster Rugby was an early adaptor to the use of GPS technology,” added Jonny Davis, Head of Athletic Performance at Ulster Rugby.
“I am delighted that the long-standing relationship with Ulster Rugby is able to continue through the central contract that the IRFU has put in place with Statsports.”
“For the first time, all four provinces will be using the same system to enable the power of four for the benefit of the National Team at all representative levels. STATSports Apex hardware and software is the gold standard and unparalleled in the world of GPS Technology for the accuracy of the data it provides.”
“Having all four provinces using our revolutionary Apex device is huge for us at STATSports,” said company co-founder and Chief Commercial officer Sean O’Connor.
“We are proud to offer a world-class product to not only the national team but all four provincial teams throughout Ireland who compete at the highest level of club rugby in Europe. Plus, with STATSports being founded in the island of Ireland, it is even more significant”.