Video | Business Headlines | Internet | Science | Scientific Ethics | Technology | Search


Super Scrum Analyser Holds Big Potential For Rugby

Media release

4 June 2002


Rugby coaches are about to get a hitech addition to their coaching weaponry, and its designers believe it is possibly the first of its kind anywhere in the world.

Silver Fern NZ Ltd, with staff and students from Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology (CPIT), are gearing up to test the prototype of a scrum analyser. It will allow coaches to analyse an individual's scrum performance and so build the ultimate rugby scrum for power and safety.

Lin Colling, Silver Fern Managing Director, says the scrum analyser is the happy marriage of a concept developed by his rugby equipment marketing company in conjunction with the applied electronic, computer and software design by the polytechnic. The four month research project was assisted by the Foundation for Research, Science and Technology with $23,000 in funding through Technology New Zealand.

The scrum analyser takes an existing piece of rugby training equipment - the scrum machine- and adds an electronic sensor system linked to pads on the machine. Each pad provides readings telling a coach how each player is performing in the scrum and enables a detailed and downloadable analysis of technique and weight application. The recorded readings can be analysed in more detail on a computer at a later time.

"It has the capability to make fine comparisons on the forces within a scrum on an individual basis. It's the next generation on from existing machines which only tell the combined pushing weight," says Mr Colling. "We believe there's nothing like this anywhere in the world."

Mr Colling says the analyser will also play a role in ensuring scrums are safer. "Because a coach will be able to analyse how each player is pushing - down as well as forward- they can correct the individual technique to ensure the scrums don't collapse or pop up."

The 62-year-old company specialises in rugby equipment and products, but this is its first foray into the hitech end of the market. Mr Colling believes it will add value to the business as well as take training equipment into a new era.

Mr Collings says that although he expects there to be strong interest from rugby coaches in Australia, Europe and South Africa, he'd like to keep the innovation within New Zealand for as long as possible, to give the All Blacks every advantage in the leadup to the World Cup. The company is currently looking at on-field trials at the start of the next rugby season with a regional team.


For more information:

a.. Lin Colling, Silver Fern, 09 579 5208 (025 741 609) b.. Paul Wilson, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, CPIT, 03 940 8134, 021 164 5577 c.. Sue Pauwels, Foundation for Research, Science and Technology (Christchurch office) 03 377 9340 mobile: 025 497 114.

Backgrounder 1. Technology New Zealand is a set of government-funded business support schemes that provide funding to support R&D projects in business. 2. Around $35 million is available each year to help companies develop new products or processes, build human capital within businesses and provide access to information and expertise. 3. Technology New Zealand is part of the Foundation for Research, Science and Technology.

Prepared for Technology New Zealand by Jan Sedgwick, Carrara Communications, 09 579 7270

© Scoop Media

Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines


DIY: Kiwi Ingenuity And Masking Tape Saves Chick

Kiwi ingenuity and masking tape has saved a Kiwi chick after its egg was badly damaged endangering the chick's life. The egg was delivered to Kiwi Encounter at Rainbow Springs in Rotorua 14 days ago by a DOC worker with a large hole in its shell and against all odds has just successfully hatched. More>>


Trade: Key To Lead Mission To India; ASEAN FTA Review Announced

Prime Minister John Key will lead a trade delegation to India next week, saying the pursuit of a free trade agreement with the protectionist giant is "the primary reason we're going" but playing down the likelihood of early progress. More>>



MYOB: Digital Signatures Go Live

From today, Inland Revenue will begin accepting “digital signatures”, saving businesses and their accountants a huge amount of administration time and further reducing the need for pen and paper in the workplace. More>>

Oil Searches: Norway's Statoil Quits Reinga Basin

Statoil, the Norwegian state-owned oil company, has given up oil and gas exploration in Northland's Reinga Basin, saying the probably of a find was 'too low'. More>>


Modern Living: Auckland Development Blowouts Reminiscent Of Run Up To GFC

The collapse of property developments in Auckland is "almost groundhog day" to the run-up of the global financial crisis in 2007/2008 as banks refuse to fund projects due to blowouts in construction and labour costs, says John Kensington, the author of KPMG's Financial Institutions Performance Survey. More>>


Health: New Zealand's First ‘No Sugary Drinks’ Logo Unveiled

New Zealand’s first “no sugary drinks logo” has been unveiled at an event in Wellington... It will empower communities around New Zealand to lift their health and wellbeing and send a clear message about the damage caused by too much sugar in our diets. More>>


Get More From Scoop

Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news