Following the 2015 Rugby World Cup, and leading up to the Six Nations Championship, Catapult is pleased to finalise a contract to exclusively supply the Australian Rugby Union with advanced GPS tracking and data technology, as well as the signing of the Romanian national rugby team.
Going into 2016, Catapult Group International Ltd. has long-term agreements with the following rugby teams:
- Ten out of 12 of the English Premiership, including Saracens, Halequin FC, Wasps FC, Gloucester, Exeter Chiefs, Newcastle Falcons, and London Irish
- Two thirds of the Guinness Pro 12, including all of the Scottish and Welsh teams, as well as Munster and Leinster from Ireland
- Half of France’s Top 14
- Three of the five world’s best rugby national teams
- An exclusive relationship with the Australian Rugby Union, which covers the Wallabies national team, all Australian-based Super Rugby teams and Under 20s, men’s and women’s Rugby 7s and ARU referees.
Ben Whitaker, ARU general manager pathways and performance, said the partnership with Catapult represents a major project within the organisation’s 2016-2020 High Performance Strategic Plan to deliver collaborative systems and processes to all of Australian Rugby’s elite teams.
“Importantly we have had all elite teams including the Qantas Wallabies, Qantas National Sevens teams and Super Rugby clubs engaged in this decision making process — and all will be beneficiaries of this centralised model,” he said.
Following another league-wide consolidation by the AFL in appointing Champion Data and Catapult as the exclusive athlete tracking data suppliers for the next five years, it is expected other data-driven rugby leagues and governing bodies will follow this approach.
With Catapult experiencing over 200% growth for its CAT stocks on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) in its first 12 months as a public entity, the company will be well-placed to take advantage of these opportunities in 2016 as it continues to develop its rugby-specific metrics and reporting.