ASX-listed wearable technology company Catapult has added a third major deal in as many weeks signing a four-year agreement with the Welsh Rugby Union (WRU).
The deal means Catapult will provide the WRU with hardware and software analytics solutions across nine teams at both international level and in the PRO12 including Cardiff Blues, Newport Gwent Dragons, Ospreys and Scarlets.
WRU chief executive Martyn Phillips said: “The WRU is delighted to extend the use of Catapult tracking units within our high-performance pathway.”
The WRU plans to explore live match-day tracking using Catapult’s stadia technology, ClearSkyII, paving the way for the governing body to team up with broadcast partners to offer up live metrics to viewers.
Karl Hogan, Catapult’s global head of league & data partnerships, added: “The WRU is a great example of an elite sport governing body that is forward thinking and innovative. That makes them a great partner for Catapult to work with in both driving increased athletic performance and also exploring opportunities to showcase the broadcast capabilities of our technology – especially Clearsky. Whereas we have had previous relationships with the national and some regional teams, we are delighted to now be expanding this to all nine teams via a centralised agreement.”
Catapult has been aggressively pursuing deals with national governing bodies and professional leagues recently. The WRU agreement follows a recent approval to test their wearable technology in Major League Baseball and a league-wide partnership with Argentina’s professional basketball league La Liga Nacional de Básquetbol.