The Irish team at Fox Sports are getting ready to make their mark in the final stages of the first of the summer’s major rugby union tournaments.
With the first game on Saturday, the All Blacks will face Wales at Twickenham on Saturday afternoon and the second game in Cardiff on Sunday.
A total of 10 games have been made available so far, with three games in the UK.
The final of the tournament will be held on Tuesday at the Millennium Stadium, home of the London Irish, in Cardiff, the home of their provincial rivals, Munster.
With a number of key games on the line, the Irish squad is preparing to take the field on Saturday.
While there are no immediate plans to release any more details about the players to be involved, there are many aspects to consider as they prepare for the weekend.
The most intriguing aspect is the presence of a new tracking device in the game.
The new device, which will be used by broadcasters to monitor and report on matches, is a combination of GPS technology and the company’s proprietary technology to track players on a game-by-game basis.
Fox Sports’ head of rugby, Mike Ross, said the technology would allow the All Black team to “see” and “see past” the players and other players on the pitch, potentially revealing where they were being tackled, tackled, pushed, kicked, tackled again and so on.
“The idea is that we have this technology that will give us an early glimpse of where players are on the field and we can track them,” Ross said.
“We are in a unique position to use this technology to really get a feel for who’s on the scene, and who’s not.”
We can track a player, for example, if they are being tackled on the touchline, then the game will be updated with the exact location of the tackle.
“It will be interesting to see how the game goes and what players they are going to see.”
Ross said that if it is the case that the All-Black team is being monitored on the game’s touchline in Cardiff and that information is then shared with broadcasters, that would be an exceptional case.
“You could see what players are doing and where they are.
The key thing is we want to have an advantage over our competitors, so if we do that we can use it to our advantage,” Ross added.
Fox’s new technology will also allow the broadcasters to provide an insight into the performance of players who are part of the All Blue squad.
“This is a game changer,” Ross noted.
“It will give broadcasters an insight to what the players are capable of doing and what their strengths and weaknesses are, so we can make the best decision for the game.”
Ross added that the technology is only the beginning of a series of advancements which the All Blues are working on to ensure they are at the forefront of the sport.
“There’s a whole bunch of technologies that we’re building and putting in place.
We’ve got the technology in place now, but we’re working on the whole system,” Ross explained.”
And we’re looking at the potential of this technology and what it can do.
We’re also working on how we can enhance our game as we’re starting out with a new team.”
Fox Sports has been in the business of delivering high-quality rugby union coverage for over a decade, with more than 1,300 matches produced each year.
“As a sport, we’re at the end of the tunnel.
The game is getting older, we have more and more TV channels and more people watching, but it’s getting harder and harder to get rugby on the big screen,” Ross stated.”
I’m proud of what we’ve achieved, and what we’re doing to ensure that we don’t lose our edge, but there’s a lot more work to do.”
If we can continue to deliver on the level that we’ve shown to date, and continue to make the right decisions and look for the best players in the world, we will continue to be the game to beat.
“The All Blacks squad for Cardiff will be announced on Sunday, August 10, with the game being played in Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium.