British and Irish lions use ‘breakthrough real-time’ technology

British and Irish Lions become world’s first sports team to use ‘breakthrough’ real-time technology that monitors performance, well-being and recovery to shape training load as they aim to beat South Africa

  • British and Irish lions have the latest player performance technology enabled player
  • They want to overthrow South Africa in the Test series starting this week
  • Lions is the first sports team in the world to use the PLAYER.Connect dashboard











The British and Irish Lions have deployed the latest player performance technology in their bid to topple South Africa in the Test series starting on Saturday.

The Lions are the world’s first sports team to use the PLAYER.Connect dashboard designed to improve performance, wellness and recovery.

Data is collected in real time from the various devices worn by players, such as GPS trackers and heart rate monitors, into one dashboard for easy viewing, analysis and processing.

The British and Irish Lions have taken advantage of the latest player performance technology

Warren Gatland's outfit is the world's first sports team to use the PLAYER.Connect dashboard

Warren Gatland’s outfit is the world’s first sports team to use the PLAYER.Connect dashboard

Previously, because all data had to be collected manually by an analyst, the information was not available until two days after the event, limiting the value of the data.

It has been used throughout the Lions tour thus far, including shaping decisions about when players should be replaced in-game and monitoring training load to prevent injuries.

“The Vodafone PLAYER.Connect platform is a huge breakthrough in performance monitoring,” said Lions Head of Strength and Conditioning Paul Stridgeon.

“The dashboard allows us to maximize the output of our current monitoring and helps us make a detailed analysis of all wellness, training and competition data during the tour.

“We are already starting to see the benefits and are confident that using this platform will support our ambition to beat the Springboks.”

Lions took a clear win over DHL Stormers on Saturday in the run-up to the South African series

Lions took a clear win over DHL Stormers on Saturday in the run-up to the South African series

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