In the Coronavirus lockdown period for all sports Leicester Tigers are once again leading the way forward.
In my first blog on this subject “ Rugby Balls 🏉”. I wrote about how the Old Farts at the RFU had proposed changing some of the rules to accommodate the Governments requirement for social distancing.
This was followed by “ Rugby Balls 🏉🏉” which showed how our creative coaching team could lift us from the bottom of the league back up to our rightful position challenging for honours in Europe. Albeit this may not be this year☹️
Now in these desperate times for sport, British technology is coming to the rescue. A technology company in London called “Sportable” has been trialing a new smart rugby ball with a computer chip which could be a game-changer. Importantly, it is being tested at LEISTER TIGERS, so we will have the advantage of a head start.
The all-knowing chip can track the ball position, spin rate, direction of travel, altitude, air pressure and temperature …. and probably the time of day as well as keep score.
The pedestrian Rugby Football Union and their coach, Eddie Bones, think the new smart ball can be used to transmit to referees when the ball is passed forward, …. or knocked on ….. or not thrown straight in the line-out ….. or properly touched down for a try. Admittedly this would save at least half the game time, while the officials spend endless minutes looking at TV replays.
However, the Tigers head coach, Jordan Murphy, has an even better plan. He and his eleven or so other assistant coaches, who all have spent hours playing games on computers, have hacked into the smart ball programme. They have reprogrammed the chip to show that Leicester Tigers players never throw the ball forward. … never ever knock it on …. always throw it straight in the line out ….and without fail touch down trys . As an added advantage the ball has been programmed to swerve away from the posts should the opposition manage to convert a try .
Thanks to Jordan, “ Next season should be a game changer!”