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New Technology Helps Monitor Players

New Technology Helps Monitor Players
July 25
11:00 2017

With the challenge to put together a good team come the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan, the technology used today will aid Fiji in selecting capable players to represent the country.

Vodafone Flying Fijians coach John McKee knows the difficulty of getting players together but said with technology they have now that they didn’t have before, they are able to monitor players both locally and overseas without having to physically travel.

“Coaching Fiji and being involved in a high performance rugby in Fiji is always going to have its challengers,” McKee said.

“We live far away from where many of our players play and the biggest challenge for us is communicating with our players and getting them together.

“That is something that is unique to the Pacific and although it is a challenge, we are creative in working out ways that work for us. I think you see with the more consistent performance of the team now and the work we have put into making trips overseas to see players in their clubs.

“We use a lot more technology now to track players, and have much better systems for downloading games and statistics from overseas to really give a strong idea on what the form of our players are in.

“That doesn’t apply to just ones who have been playing in the Flying Fijians but other players as well here in Fiji and across the globe.

“That is a big challenge but I think we now have some good systems and processes in place so that we know at any time who our best players are and who’s playing well.”

Fiji had a flawless Pacific Nations Cup winning both of their games against Tonga and Samoa where they booked their place in the 2019 Rugby World Cup.

However, McKee says, the level that the team is playing at now needs to go up a notch if they want to stand a chance of making it into the knockout rounds.

“Proper support structures for the team will be crucial for the players when they go into camp. I’m happy with where we are heading, we certainly have not got to the end of the road or on the top of the mountain yet.

“We have got to go to the World Cup with the goal of getting into the playoffs and that is a massive challenge. “You look at the quality of the teams around the world, I am happy with where we are and that we have made a lot of progress and I know we need to be better.

“The players need to learn to work a bit harder to reach new heights required, we need to work hard around our support structure for the team so that the team genuinely gets world class support when they are in camp and when they are in assembly.”

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