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Wales' Rugby World Cup Team ­sing Swansea ­ni App

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Rugby iPad app

The MatchPad was tested by the Welsh team at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium.

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The Wales national rugby team is using MatchPad, a Swansea University-developed iPad application, to simplify match information and help understand the team's performance at the Rugby World Cup.

The Welsh team has three analysts who collect data about all aspects of each game, including set pieces, restarts, and tackles made or missed.

MatchPad produces a visual timeline during the game so analysts and coaches can review video and additional information on the events of the match. "They collect so much information--that's the basic problem and the app just tries to simplify the task for them," says Swansea researcher Philip Legg.

The Welsh team tested the system during friendly matches before traveling to New Zealand for the World Cup. "It has been a very good tool in terms of looking at key instances of the game and how they interact with each other," says the Welsh Rugby Union's Rhys Long.

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