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Kenya to track rugby players via GPS devices

Kenya: For the first time, the national rugby sevens team will have GPS devices monitoring its performance. Kenya Rugby Union (KRU) has partnered with service provider Gammin to roll out the system that will allow coaches to make calls on players by using data availed by their performances in matches and training.

This emerged during the naming of the squad for the next two legs of the HSBC World Sevens Series in Wellington, New Zealand and Las Vegas as the competition reaches its mid way mark with Kenya lying sixth on the log.

“We will start using the GPS systems as early as next week. The units are already in the country and we will start with ten units to monitor ten core players including the seven on the pitch,” said Philip Jalango, the national team”s elite performance official at KRU.

“The system helps in monitoring the heart and work rate of the player. We will be able to make decisions in an informed way such as during substitutions. We will know whether the player is tired or is not training since we can monitor a player every day,” added Philip.

Team captain, Andrew Amonde, hailed the introduction of the satellite system saying it would help in evaluating the players” output.

“They will enhance the performance of our players and help the management in building better players. We are looking forward to see the positive things they will bring to our team and we welcome them,” the skipper added.

Amonde will lead out the team to New Zealand and Las Vegas that sees Michael Wanjala, who missed out on the Port Elizabeth party back to the team with former skipper, Sydney Ashioya among the non travelling reserves.

“The most important thing to understand is that the changes are positional and we are looking at the combinations to work through. Non-travelling reserves are crucial because it”s a crucial time and there is a short turn around between New Zealand and Las Vegas and Hong Kong and Japan,” Felix Ochieng, the assistant coach and analyst who named the squad outlined.

Source: All Africa