Newry-based STATSports adds New Zealand rugby sides to growing international portfolio

Newry-based STATSports has added Super Rugby sides, the Blues, Hurricanes and Chiefs to its growing rugby portfolio
Gareth McKeown

THREE New Zealand professional rugby union sides have become the latest teams to sign up with Newry-based STATSports.

The sports analytics company has added Super Rugby sides, the Auckland Blues, Wellington Hurricanes and Waikato Chiefs to its growing rugby portfolio, which already includes the national teams of Ireland, England, France and South Africa as well as club heavyweights Leinster and Saracens.

The New Zealand rugby teams will benefit from the most accurate GPS tracking technology currently available through STATSports' APEX system.

STATSports co- founder and chief operating officer, Sean O'Connor said they are pleased to grow its rugby business.

“We're delighted to have signed up with three of the clubs we most admire in world rugby. Our technology means they'll be able to get deep insight into the performance of their players and make sure that each and every one of them are operating at the peak of their abilities," he said.

Phil Healey, head strength and conditioning coach for the Blues added:

“We are delighted to be in partnership with STATSports, who are world leaders in GPS technology and training load management. Our aspirations are to be the best, so working with the best is a vital step in achieving this goal.”

As well as rugby, STATSports is also a key player in the soccer world.

The GPS tracking company has an elite client list which includes Manchester United, Arsenal, Manchester City and Liverpool, as well as top Italian team Juventus, plus the English, German and Brazilian international federations.

The deals with the Super Rugby teams follow the Newry company's landmark agreements with US Soccer, the Chinese Football Association and the Brazilian Football Confederation for its APEX device.

The innovative technology is used by many of the world's biggest sporting organisations across the English Premier League, La Liga, Serie A, MLS, NFL, NBA, rugby union and the GAA.

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