Munster ups performance with Apple

Munster Rugby fans will remember the moment when Peter Stringer scored the try that put the club on course to win its first Heineken Cup in 2006. Not known as a runner or considered a threat, Stringer saw his opposite number was out of position and rounded the blindside of the scrum to take the ball across the line. It was an audacious move that had been intricately planned in the run up to the game, using video analysis with Apple equipment provided by Compu b.

 George Murray, Chief Video Analyst at Munster Rugby using iPad in the new High Performance Centre, Limerick

George Murray, Chief Video Analyst at Munster Rugby using iPad in the new High Performance Centre, Limerick

Over ten years later and George Murray, Munster’s Performance Analyst, has lost count of how many times video has helped turn a game. “It’s so pervasive now, in preparation for a game, at half time and during the game. My role is to use video and work with the coaching staff to increase our win percentage,” he said.

The club has a High Performance Centre in the grounds of the University of Limerick, a state-of-the-art three-storey facility that includes gyms, video rooms, a lecture theatre and a Performance Analysis Centre built around Apple technology. Six iPads, 16 iMacs and Apple TVs for streaming video to different-sized monitors and screens, are in constant use by squad players, academy players, coaching staff and the three performance analysts. 

The Apple hardware is all supplied and configured by Compu b to create a world-class performance analysis suite.

Away from home, Apple TVs are used in the changing room to stream critical footage at half time team talks. During the match, it’s iPad time. “We take HD feeds from the TV trucks and stream video to them during matches, using software to edit specific incidents we think are useful,” explained Murray. “This is also relayed to the senior coaching staff, sitting in the stands behind Apple Cinema Display screens.”

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