State of Origin kicks off its first 2017 clash next week at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, screened Live into all 5 cities.
This year Nine coverage will include a GPS player tracking system, with info on speed, distance covered, heat maps of where players have been on the field.
Executive Producer of Nine NRL Ben Clark says: “We’re really excited to add the Telstra Tracker to our State of Origin broadcast. It has been a massive effort by all parties to make this happen, with viewers the big winners.
“The data we’ll display will take the audience deeper into the inner sanctum of what’s available to players and coaches during a match and give everyone watching a greater understanding of what it takes to play rugby league at the ultimate level.”
The Telstra Tracker is made possible through a collaboration between Nine, the NRL, NSWRL, the QRL along with a global leader in GPS player tracking, Catapult. Together they will unveil a system that NRL clubs and coaches have been using to measure players’ key performance indicators.
Telstra Tracker is the biggest innovation in a rugby league broadcasts since Spidercam was introduced over a decade ago.
Nine Wide World of Sports Head of Creative Alex Rolls, says: “There are reasons all 16 clubs have been using this information to analyse players’ performances game in, game out. We are excited that the Wide World of Sports NRL is partnering with the NRL to bring viewers closer to the action,”
“We’re going to compare hookers, who’s doing the work, who’s covering the most metres, who’s the fastest winger, and heat maps showing comparing the all the big Origin player match-ups.”
The technology, known as LPS or Local Positioning System, is even more accurate than GPS as it relies on 20 beacons placed around Suncorp Stadium. The data is accurate to within 15 centimetres.
NRL Head of Strategy David Silverton says: “This is a very exciting initiative for the game which will have significant benefits not only for our fans but for players as well.”
“With this advanced technology, viewers will be able to access new insights into how the game is played and it will no doubt further highlight the unbelievable athletic qualities of the best of the best in rugby league. We have been working on this for some time and also thank the NSWRL, QRL and the players for supporting this initiative.”
Wednesday, May 31st
Sydney 7.30pm Live on Nine
Brisbane 7.30pm Live on Nine
Melbourne 7.30pm Live on Nine
Adelaide 7.30pm Live on Nine
Perth 5.30pm Live on Nine
SOO Game 2 – ANZ Stadium, Sydney
Wednesday, June 21, at 7.30pm
SOO Game 3 – Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Wednesday, July 12, at 7.30pm
Check local guides for details