It is believed that Rugby World Cup 2015 is the most tech savvy play of the year. Rugby World Cup first started in 1987 and with crazy fans and large audience has increased since , the tech companies are showing off at the Rugby grounds. The Rugby World Cup will see more of reality stadium tours, the best instant replay tech ever seen, fantastic apps that let you compete with the best players in the world as well as the smartest kit and ball to ever grace the game.
Here is the guide to the tournament’s biggest tech that is surfacing around this years Rugby.
Did the ball go over the line- Watch the Hawk Eye!
Have you ever known about such a high tech being used to display the replays in football and tennis to eye the ball going over the line? This tech known as Hawk Eye is made its way to the Rugby World Cup now.
According to reports the World Rugby –the sport’s governing body – trialled the Hawk-Eye SMART technology during the Guinness Pro12 season, with the support of Sky Sports. It also carried out trials at the World Rugby U20 Championship in Italy in June with the input of broadcaster ITV. The aim of the trial was to see if HawkEye can enhance player welfare while “strengthening the accuracy and efficiency of the television match official (TMO) decision making process”. In other words, to see if can help determine whether the ball went over the line. With the HawkEye’s ‘SMART Replay’ system, the TMO will have access to simultaneous multiple angle replays in realtime and slow motion. Medical staff will also have access to asses head injuries from impact. Therefore Rugby Word Cup 2015 is now to showcase innovation and performance to a record global audience.
Wanna view 360 degree view of the Rugby Stadium- Have the augmented reality tours
Augmented Reality Tour is being used to give the audience to focus 360 degree interactive experience. With easy to use you just have to scan your ticket with your smartphone using the Blippar App and unlock 360 degree view of the stadium you are watching the play. You will also get a match preview courtesy of three of the greatest England players ever: Jonny Wilkinson, Lawrence Dallaglio and Will Greenwood and also be able to see the view from your seat and have access to navigational tools that’ll help you get to the match. This technology acts like a window into the stadium itself.
The Gilbert ball- Even Have the Replica
The Gilbert Ball is the latest in Gilbert’s Match XV line. It has come up with new surface compound to give better grip without compromising the ball’s durability. Also the surface of the ball has now quicker water dispersion. Not only for the players handling this high tech ball you can also buy and try its replica from the official store.
Going for Ear Commentary Service- Be At The Stadium
Are you not aware of the rules of the Rugby Game. Or do you wish to tune in with the singing from the opposition. With all this now available with high tech ear pieces now you can inside the ground be able to buy an in-ear commentary service – similar to that available at other sporting events such as cricket and snooker – where they will be able to listen to ITV’s coverage or just hear the referee explain his decisions via the Ref!Link service as well as a new service that will explain the game to novices. The ear-pieces will cost £10 – which is £2 more than the current Ref!Link headsets – and are on sale at all Rugby World Cup venues. Also you will have films explaining the game to rugby novices will be free to download in advance of the tournament and will explain things such as kicking, line-outs and other bits of rugby jargon.
3 D Kit- A facelift for Rugby Players
Don’t be surprise to know that the Rugby players will be having a 3D kit. England’s home kit is white as usual, but the rose emblem has been given a bit of a facelift. It’s been 3D injection moulded and developed through rapid prototyping technology. The shirt also features contoured ‘ball deadening’ grip placement to complement the players’ physiques. The new kit involved more than 220 hours of testing and over 250,000 miles of travel to perfect the design. It’s the lightest kit that maker Canterbury has ever produced, which should help the players stay quick on their feet with minimal moisture absorption. It will not let players overheat, or freeze if it gets cold. Its super enhanced fit technology was developed through positionspecific 3D bodymapping to support the various physiques of the modern rugby player, from stacked to extremely stacked. You can get yourself this kit for £120.
Live Rugby Games- The broadcaster
iTV with exclusive broadcast rights will provide live coverage of every single match throughout the six weeks of the tournament, hosted by England, with a line-up of legends from across the world of rugby providing the very best insight and analysis from the opening fixture on September 18, through to the final on October 31. Not only will it show the vast majority of the games live on ITV1 – relegating huge ratings winner The X Factor to Sunday nights – it will also show the lesser matches on ITV4.
- Joining lead presenter John Inverdale in ITV’s pack to lend their experience and expertise to the tournament coverage will be a team of pundits who can draw upon personal experience of compeYng for the sport’s greatest prize, the Webb Ellis Cup.
- Jonny Wilkinson, Lawrence Dallaglio and Jason Robinson, members of England’s victorious 2003 team, along with their coach Sir Clive Woodward, former Ireland captain Brian O’Driscoll, former Wales captain Gareth Thomas and former Scotland coach Sir Ian McGeechan.
- South Africa’s 1995 World Cup winning captain Francois Pienaar, former New Zealand captain Sean Fitzpatrick, part of the side which won the inaugural tournament in 1987 and Australia’s Michael Lynagh, who triumphed in 1991, all return to the ITV punditry team for a fifth successive Rugby World Cup.
- Also part of the analysis team will be former Australian scrum-half George Gregan, who won the trophy in 1999, as well as England Women’s World Cup winner Maggie Alphonsi, and former England internationals Ugo Monye and David Flatman.
- Joining them will be presenters Mark Durden-Smith and Craig Doyle alongside a wealth of experience in the commentary box including Nick Mullins, Miles Harrison, Jon Champion, Martin Gillingham and Simon Ward, plus co-commentators Geordan Murphy, Scob Hastings, Shane Williams and Ben Kay.
- Bringing viewers all the action, colour and drama from in and around the stadia will be reporters Jill Douglas, Gabriel Clarke and Martin Bayfield.
More than half of rugby fans is now hooked to on their smartphones while watching the game at home, and 44 per cent doing so at the stadium.With all the big brands sponsoring the game in these latest technological advancement it will be more fun and a memorable event in history.