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Munster Rugby

Founded in 1879- Munster Rugby are one of the most successful teams in European Rugby having won the Heineken Cup twice in 2005/6 and 2007/8 and winning the Celtic League in 2010/11. Munster currently compete in the Pro 12 League and European Champions Cup and have two stadiums- Thomond Park in Limerick- where they play their European matches and Independent Park in Cork.

Munster Rugby started using Catapult Technology in the 2012-13 season when Bryce Cavanagh was Head of Fitness- the Club initially invested in the Catapult System with 25 units to cover most of their Senior squad. In 2015 the Club upgraded to the new Catapult S5 system which included a number of new hardware features including: Glonass satellite antennae for improved satellite reception.

In addition the Club upgraded their software to the new Openfield Cloud based analytics package which has the flexibility to investigate trends within data sets, customisable dash boards, one click reporting and the option to write custom algorithyms.

Munster use the Catapult system to monitor all training sessions plus in matches to look at a number of metrics including: total distance, high intensity distance, metres per minute, player load, heart rate and repeated high intensity efforts.

In the Guiness Pro 12 League 9 of the 12 teams use Catapult technology including: Leinster Rugby, Glasgow Warriors, Edinburgh Rugby, Cardiff Blues, Newport Gwent Dragons, Scarlets, Ospreys and Treviso Rugby. In the Aviva English Premiership 9 of the 12 teams use Catapult technology including: Saracens, Exeter Chiefs, Northampton Saints, Wasps, Harlequins, Gloucester, Newcastle Falcons, Worcester Warriors and London Irish.

“Any data collection we use needs to positively influence the way Munster prepares, and the Catapult GPS system definitely does that. The speed of download, ease of interface, and the accuracy of the data the Catapult system provides allows us to gain detailed feedback for our players. This feedback is used to provide objective load monitoring, along with helping organise future session content. The technology maximises individual playing performance in training and helps reach peak performance in games.”

Aled Walters- Munster’s Head of Fitness

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