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Game Analysis Reports

Game Analysis Reports

World Rugby Game Analysis tracks how rugby is being played around the world at all different levels. Our main focus is player welfare, the game and the laws.

What we do

We analyse all international rugby and every major rugby competition in the world. This means we analyse over 3,000 matches every year (15s and sevens) and are responsible for supporting a number of areas in World Rugby:

  • Player welfare – provide research and surveillance in all aspects, including head injuries, instrumental mouthguards and tackle technique 
  • Shape of the game – monitor how rugby is being played around the world (men, women, sevens, u20, wheelchair)
  • High performance (Match officials) – provide analysis to support referee performance and consistency
  • High performance (Teams) - provide analysis to support international teams so that they can be competitive
  • Working groups - produce quantitative data in specific areas of the game including law trials
  • Video support – provide videos for online education and resources 

Our approach to reporting

World Rugby Game Analysis reports are produced to comprise an analysis of all aspects of play together with the approach and performance of all the participating teams. 

The following key areas are assessed:

  • Rates of scoring and conceding, and the effectiveness of each team in attack and defence
  • Possession source, location origin and activity in the build-up of all tries
  • Effectiveness of each team in the retention and stealing of possession
  • Approach and success of each team at the breakdown
  • Activity of each team in passing, phase play and kicking
  • Performance of each team at set-piece (restart, scrum and lineout)
  • Discipline of each team

Questions and contact

If you have any questions concerning any aspect of the Game Analysis reports please contact Rhys Jones World Rugby's Game Analysis Manager.