The Guinness Six Nations Championship, which
kicked off with some thrilling games over the weekend, is using
AWS (Amazon Web Services) analytics, machine learning, and deep
learning services to deliver more in-depth insight into the
Championship and enhance the match experience for rugby fans
around the world.

 As well as providing the technology behind
the live broadcast of on-screen match data and statistics, AWS
will also power other aspects of the Six Nations Championship
across the official website.

“I am excited to welcome AWS to the Six Nations family,” said Ben
Morel, CEO, Six Nations Rugby. “With AWS now powering the
Championship, we have the opportunity to place unparalleled
innovation at the core of our rugby experience, for fans around
the world. This is a major boost for our Championship and a clear
signal of our ambition to embrace innovation in all areas that
will benefit our fans.”


Guinness Six Nations 2019 Team Captains. Click to enlarge.

For years,
rugby has embraced new technologies to continually evolve the
game. It was one of the first sports to introduce a video match
official, and now with AWS, Six Nations plans on bringing a number
of other technological firsts to the sport, including using
predictive analytics for the first time.

 For the 2019 Six Nations
Championship, seven new kinds of statistics will be launched that
are significantly more dynamic than those featured in previous
broadcasts. New statistics will look at scrum analysis, play
patterns, try origins, team trends, ruck analysis, tackle
analysis, and field position analysis.

Through the use of
advanced AWS technology it will be possible to predict the success
of a scrum through the analysis of pack weights, player
experience, and historical data as well as give a complete
analysis of the ruck. This will analyze speed, cleanouts, steals,
infringements, and time spent in the ruck to show the relative
dominance of teams in the most important areas of the game.

 The
use of artificial intelligence and machine learning technology
from AWS will drive new insights into the game and will set the
standard for what rugby fans around the world expect from their
sport broadcasters. These new statistics will be generated by
gathering live data from the game, streaming them into AWS to
store and do analytics, and then delivering these insights back to
the live broadcast for viewers in over 170 countries to enjoy.

“We are delighted to be working
alongside one of the world’s most storied, most iconic, and most
respected sporting events,” said Andy Isherwood, Vice President
and Managing Director EMEA, AWS. “Throughout this year’s
Championship, and into future seasons, the Six Nations team will
be able to develop new, advanced statistics that give
unprecedented insight and understanding to the game. As we
continue to add greater capabilities to our Machine Learning
services, we will bring these to rugby fans, around the world.”


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Pictures of the Asia Rugby Sevens Olympic Games Qualifier in Hong
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Pictures of Singha Thailand Sevens 2015
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Pictures from the 2013 British Irish Lions Tour in Hong Kong
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Pictures of Hong Kong Sevens 2014
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Pictures of Hong Kong Sevens 2013
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of Chartis Cup 2012
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Cathay Pacific / HSBC Hong Kong Sevens 2012
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