STATSports, the world’s leading company in GPS performan ce data, has today announced that they will become the official high performance supplier of the All Blacks, the most successful national men’s rugby team of all time.
STATSports will provide their cutting edge technology to the All Blacks, All Blacks Sevens and Black Ferns Sevens on a long-term deal until 2024.
STATSports currently partner four of the top five teams in World Rugby men’s international rankings in England, Ireland, South Africa and now the All Blacks, and are known to millions of sports fans globally as the elite wearable technology that can now be bought by consumers who play sport at all levels. England internationals Elliot Daly and Anthony Watson are long-standing STATSports ambassadors and have been involved in the development of the technology from a rugby standpoint.
The All Blacks join a rapidly-expanding network of top international sports teams from the New York Yankees to India cricket, as STATSports cements its global dominance working with over 500 elite organisations in 60 countries. In football the technology is used daily by the best players in the world, including Cristiano Ronaldo, Megan Rapinoe, Lionel Messi, Alex Morgan, Mo Salah and Neymar, plus top European teams including Manchester United, Liverpool, Arsenal, Juventus and PSG, as well as the biggest international teams such as Brazil, England and Belgium.
STATSports performance trackers will be worn by players during training and matches, allowing coaches to track over 200 metrics live, including; distance, speed, intensity and collisions throughout the games, leading to live decisions in training and on matchday based on the data. STATSports are peer reviewed as the most accurate and reliable data, so the All Blacks are working with the best.
The long term goal is for STATSports and the All Blacks to make their technology available to all aspiring New Zealanders at every level of rugby, with the technology allowing New Zealand coaching staff the chance to track the player development at all ages.
Richard Thomas, Chief Commercial Officer for New Zealand Rugby said: “We’re looking forward to developing our relationship with STATSports and have been impressed with their technology – not least in recent years. We look forward to welcoming them to the All Blacks family and in turn we’re delighted to be part of their incredible network of top international sporting teams.”
Sean O’ Connor, co-founder of STATSports, added: “This is another great milestone in the sustained global expansion of the STATSports network. We’ve worked with Rugby clients all over the world for several years but taking our relationship with the All Blacks to the next level as their official high performance partner benefits both parties. Their pedigree and success in world rugby across men’s and women’s teams is second to none. And with every new sports team we partner it enables us to cement and develop our technology and take all our athletes and sporting federations to the next level.”
The All Blacks are the most successful international men’s rugby side of all time. The All Blacks Sevens are one of the most successful sevens teams in history, with 12 World Rugby Sevens Series titles and four Commonwealth Games Gold medals, while the Black Ferns Sevens have dominated the World Sevens Rugby Series, with five world titles since 2012 and are the current Olympic champions.