Major League Rugby Expands GPS Capabilities with Catapult Partnership
SALT LAKE CITY (January 15, 2020) – Major League Rugby (MLR) has decided to partner with the global leader in sports technology, Catapult, to improve the training and performance metrics for the entire league. Catapult designs wearable technologies that have revolutionized how athlete analytics are measured.
Catapult has global customers in 137 countries and 39 sports across more than 2,500 teams. Their North American reach includes 29 of the 32 National Football League (NFL) teams and all 31 National Hockey League (NHL) teams, among many other professional leagues. Overseas Catapult is partnered with over 200 elite club and international rugby teams including Rugby Australia and the Saracens.
Catapult has provided athlete wearable technology for the MLR to improve monitoring of athlete development. Catapult’s groundbreaking technology is designed to reduce athlete injuries and optimize the rehabilitation process, which will prove to be crucial across the MLR 17-week regular season that kicks off February 8.
MLR Commissioner George Killebrew has worked with Catapult previously for the Dallas Mavericks and said, “I’m pleased to be partnering with Catapult once again to utilize their top of the line sports technology capabilities. I know the difference that their products can make for professional athletes and I feel this partnership is crucial for continued development of our athlete’s training, and our league analytics.”
Catapult Chief Executive Officer Will Lopes is excited to work with an innovative and forward-thinking organization like Major League Rugby, stating “rugby is one of our areas of expertise in using technology to improve the performance of elite athletes, so we look forward to working closely with MLR to drive the evolution of the physical nature of the league and its teams. We’re dedicated to continuing to engineer the most advanced technology in elite sport and remain obsessed with working with like-minded associations like MLR.”
About Major League Rugby –
Major League Rugby is a professional rugby league that is entering its third season (2020) and represents the highest level of competition in North America. The league evolved from 7 teams in 2018 to 12 teams in 2020, featuring 11 from the United States and one from Canada distributed across an Eastern and Western Conference. The competition follows a league plus knockout format where teams play 16 regular season matches for a chance to advance to the playoffs. Matches are broadcast on CBS Sports Network, Facebook Live (for international viewers) and on different platforms in each local market. MLR prides itself on its incredible athletes, the passionate community behind them, and its strong values of Respect, Inclusivity, and Tradition.
About Catapult –
Catapult exists to build and improve the performance of athletes and teams. With precision engineering at the intersection of sports science and analytics, Catapult products are designed to optimize performance, mitigate the risk of injury, and quantify return to play. Since 2006, Catapult has provided sports technology to the world’s leading sports organizations. Chelsea FC, Bayern Munich, the New York Giants, Oklahoma City Thunder, English Cricket Board, Scottish Rugby Union, Houston Astros, and Boston Bruins have all benefited from Catapult insights. Catapult has over 340 staff based across 24 locations worldwide, working with over 3000 elite teams from 39 sports in 139 countries globally. Catapult Group International Limited (CAT) is listed on the Australian Stock Exchange.
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