Wednesday 22nd March 2017

Canterbury club rugby players and coaches are among the first in New Zealand to utilise video analysis technology, Hudl, in their premier club competition.

In 2016, the Canterbury Rugby Union introduced Hudl to clubs in the Hawkins Cup Metro competition for the first time. The software allows teams to upload and access match video from games throughout the competition in order to review performance and analyse opposition for upcoming fixtures.

Canstaff Crusaders Academy Manager Aaron Webb says the technology enables teams to isolate specific areas of their game for analysis and has resulted in improved performances by coaches and players.

“Hudl has proved a really valuable tool for talent identification, and we are thrilled that Canterbury and Tasman are the first rugby unions in New Zealand to implement this video analysis technology at club level,” Webb said. “Our coaches and players have seen benefit from being able to review performances, hone their skills and share information easily through the web-based analysis portal.”

Hudl New Zealand & Pacific Islands Manager Matt Toulson said the software allows grassroots coaches and players access to the video analysis technology implemented at an elite level early on in their sporting careers.

“We aim to provide teams with a platform that enables them to upload, edit and share the footage that is most valuable to them, whether that be for individual player analysis, coach development or team performance,” Toulson said.

After the success of 2016, some clubs have opted to extend the implementation of Hudl’s technology into their Colts teams as well. 2017 will see a continuation of this initiative in the Hawkins Cup Metro competition, when the season kicks off on 1stApril.

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