船戸 渉 (Wataru Funato): “Rugby: the data behind the game” | Talks at Google

船戸 渉 (Wataru Funato): “Rugby: the data behind the game” | Talks at Google

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At today’s talk will be speaking Coca Cola A top level league in Japan We have
their analyst Mr. Funato here today Because I’ve also been playing rugby a lot I think data analysts are the types that can
bring in talks that those in Google would find interesting There may be some who do not know that rules
of rugby By the way, who here has no idea of the rules
in rugby? Good, good, that’s good How about those who really like rugby? I would like to talk about the type data we
deal with, something you might be interested in And hopefully we can receive input from you
Googlers Where you can give suggestions on what we
can do with some data The rugby industry is also trying to try out
different things After today’s talk, if there’s a chance it
would be great we can talk more So, shall we start? Yes Good evening. I’ll start with my introduction. My name is Funato, an analyst for Coca Cola
Red Sparks For the name Coca Cola Red Sparks The base is in Fukuoka, and it’s called Fukuoka
West, and it is under a Coca Cola franchisee There is a rugby club there and that is where
I work as an analyst This is my 9th year I didn’t play rugby as a child, but only started
playing it in high school My height is the one thing I can’t shed off,
and I stand 192 cm high As of now, I have a slim figure but when I was playing, I weighed about 120
kilograms I was able to freely play rugby from high
school And until now, I am still able to work as
an analyst for a sport that I enjoy I have known Sori, for quite some time now Thank you for giving me this opportunity I would like to talk about the characteristics
of data in rugby Earlier we’ve seen that some people don’t
know much about rugby So I would like to show you video clips To understand what rugby is This is from last year, and it is the highlight
of the Japan team from the Word Cup in England There was also one analyst then, and his work
helped a lot for the game For those that has never seen a rugby match
before might find it confusing And to be honest, it is a 15 against 15 match But it is all over the place This is Goromaru from the TV CM that’s always
playing these days He will be going to France this year The opponent is Scotland We have scout the opponent and push their
weakness He is also a professional player in Japan,
and plays with power This is the match against America This is a type of attack called maul The Japanese team will gather like this, because
they are weaker in terms of strength There are over 10 players, and when most of
the players get in there, and try (score) The player that you saw in the last part,
he isn’t very strong in the backs, but he goes in and mixes with the rest This is also from the match against America,
they are physically smaller, but they are powerful when they get together The opponent here is Samoa Since they’re islanders, when they get rough,
a lot players leave the game But in this match, Japan managed to hold their
score at 0 This one, this is just looks like a bad accident Even when I see it, this is a player I know
very well I felt the intensity of the match seeing him
do that victory pose He is a professional player that also plays
American Football, he has smooth movements that allows him to doge opponents That was a player almost 150 kilograms heavy This one is a match against South America The South American Team is about 3rd or 4th
on the global ranking They were also one of the favorites Japan got lucky in this match, and to be honest,
it was a messy game Even the analyst didn’t know who was taking
part in where they would huddle together, get in one circle,
and get in a pack and attack forward This is an example of perfect scouting, it
is a sign of perfectly seeing through the opponent’s information This is a try that was chosen as one of the
best plays This is where data played a big part Eddie Jones was the coach here They studied which players in the South African
team was weak at left tackling, which player was weak at right tackling, and came with
complete statistics As a result, it was a perfect assign where
they knew where to go to get score a try If you get to this point, it’s just all the
spirit working, and it’s just fully passion playing This was the final try that became famous The video you just saw It is actually an unbelievable game that would
give you the chills Japan played against South Africa who was
unbeatable, and prepared the best we could They perfectly extracted data, and came up
with statistics of the South African team’s weak points This was a well prepared for match where they
knew exactly what kind of game to expect when they do what On the actual game, with one minute remaining
on the clock, they scored a try and won Everyone went wild with joy and surprise This blew up the rugby industry in Japan Rugby is a 15 against 15 game, and it has
the most competitive sport, the number of players Compared to other sports such as soccer, hockey
has 11 players, and rugby has 15 The ground is 100 meters by 70 meters, and
30 players would mix in this game The quote at the bottom is by Ueda former
coach at Keio University In soccer you cannot use your hands, in basketball
you can only use your hands, but in rugby you can use all You use the ball with your hands, with your
feet, and you hit with your body It’s like getting in a road accident, as you’ve
seen in the footage, it is a very aggressive sport With that said, it has very strict rules,
and it also keeps the spirit of fair play With also the spirit of self-sacrificing,
and spirit of no side It is the gentleman’s sport, and originated
in England We analyze and extract data of such an aggressive
sport with this number of players As an example where I deliberately chose a
very big person This is a foreign player that stands about
190 cm tall With about 110 kg, and they have 130 kg players
too But, of course, there are also players that
aren’t even 180 cm tall, and less than 80 kg With Japanese national team there are more
of these types of players There are a lot of this level overseas England’s player Haskell played for Ricoh
in Japan Spies also played for Kintetsu a Japanese
team, and we played against them When I found out they were coming, honestly,
I felt bad for the players Because, can you imagine, this would be coming
towards you But the strategy is to dodge them well, and
we would come up with data on how to do this, this is the Analyst’s role In rugby, New Zealand, South Africa, Australia,
Argentine, teams from the Southern Hemisphere are usually strong Islander teams such as Samoa, Fiji, and Tonga
are also strong Then there’s England, Europe, since it was
originated in England, there’s England, France, Wales, Scotland These are the strong teams, and of course,
they are physically big Plus, we see the U.S. flag here, but rugby
isn’t actually that popular in the U.S. When you say the 4 major American sports,
rugby won’t really be mentioned But, since this year there is the Rio Olympics And rugby sevens became has officially been
recognized What the U.S. first thought of was not to
get a Gold Medal, but to take advantage of the business opportunity So now, in the U.S., considering also the
business aspect of it, rugby is becoming very popular Of course, as we all know, with that population
size, there are a wide range of levels If players from American football shift to
rugby there are a lot of players in this level That’s why they are getting stronger and stronger It’s actually a threat globally In Japan The 2016 Japan team’s performance you saw
earlier I think you might have seen this This is the Ninja pose of Goromaru who boomed
in Japan I have 2 kids, and they do the pose all the
time He is actually in an opposing team and it
is actually a bit troubling for myself They would imitate him all the time, and would
ask me if he was around He is from the team, Yamaha Hatsudouki And my kids came when my team played against
him, and after the game they kept asking, “Where is Goromaru?” They don’t even know the names of my team’s
player, but they constantly mention Goromaru, that is how famous he became But thanks to him, rugby became very popular If you all know, the world cup will be hosted
by Japan in 2019 There will be games all over the country,
and it is a great opportunity in terms of business and rugby as a sport Also, this year, actually this month, there
is also the Olympics Both male and female team will take part in
the rugby seven games I’ve mentioned earlier that it is a 15 against
15 game, but there are actually 3 types The 15 against 15 is called union, and it
is the most famous type Then, there’s also the 13 against 13 called
League rugby After that is the rugby seven, which also
uses the same grounds In a 100 meter by 70 meter field, 7 against
7 would be playing, so the running ability of the players is key the players in the team is a collection of
all the speedsters With these elements, rugby has become very
popular In Japan, we have the Japan Rugby Top League It is not the world’s best, but it is Japan’s
best rugby league with currently 16 teams Our team Coca Cola Red Sparks is also in there,
and we are taking part in the matches I assume there are some of you who have played
different types of sports Not only in rugby, but coaches talk about
3 things Mental, Technique, and Physical There is the body, then one learns the technique,
and trains the mental Basically what it means is that you must prepare
well, when all three are present, that is where sports becomes important Our job as analysts means that you cannot
win with simply this What comes to play is another factor which
is intelligence There is the rugby IQ, utilizing data, using
this data in scouting opponents By doing so, the intelligence to make the
sport smarter and stronger is necessary So working as an analyst, I would like to
roughly explain what I do as one I mainly do 6 things The first thing is preparing to record video
footage of practices, and analysis Preparing for matches, analysis of the opposing
team, creating motivational video Analysis of the actual match, our own Team’s
analysis I mainly do 6 things During the season, there is a match once a
week, even in Japan There would be a match on Saturday, and after
a week another match next Saturday This cycle would go on every week Simply put, we don’t get to sleep much And when there is a match, we don’t get to
sleep at all At the venue of the game, all we need is power
supply, and we can set up everything we need In Japan’s case, we would set up a video camera Set the computer, set the desk, and also set
the DVD recorder An analyst’s base would be full of equipment We would keep recording the match in video,
and take down the stats analysis When we would see a pattern, then we would
inform the head coach immediately We can keep track of which parts of the field
is often empty Based on this, the coach would make the judgment,
and make appropriate directions In the world cup footage you saw earlier with
the last try scene During that time, if you watch the video again,
you can see that The coach doesn’t have his ear piece on There is actually a story behind this The coach gave instructions, but the player
ignored this and chose to make that play, and as a result they won by scoring a try The coach would ask why they didn’t choose
to play the way he instructed, and he would throw the headset in anger, and wouldn’t be
able to make further instructions The interpreter mentioned being questioned
by the fuming coach if they sent out the instruction, and he said yes, but he said it was really
scary That is how heated the players and the games
get, there’s the data, but at the end of the day, they go with the passion Rugby is a game where you use data in this
way Even after going to games all over the country Even while in transit, on the plane, on the
bullet train, on the bus, will constantly work on extracting data It is all in here, with the analysis software
installed, we just constantly type those numbers in Even when we get home, we have to submit a
review to the coach by morning So we just keep punching in those data Aside from the matches, everyday during practice,
we have to video record We then put this in the analysis software,
and we report the stats to the coach On whether the intended purpose of that day’s
practice was met or not In preparing for games, we work from setting
up the equipment to setting up the data For analyzing the opponent team we gather videos of 3 to 4 matches they’ve
had And extract information of what attacks they
make And what defense they make We also turn in the video footage as data
to the coaches We also give them to the players so they can
see what attacks are made The players would see the footage, and we
would go on to prepare for scouting For the next task, it varies on the situation
whether we make it or not But we also need to increase the player’s
motivation So, before important matches, we create motivational
videos We capture the team’s atmosphere, put in words
from the coach, so we always take on these things We then pick out footage, and create an about
5 minute video At the hotel, we stay before the match, we
would show them the video, and we also put it in their smartphones This helps them keep their motivation high Which would then lead to the kind of game
you saw earlier Then, let’s go into the main topic of this
talk which is what kind of data does rugby deal with There are mainly 3 types, and the first is
competitive data First of all, let’s talk about what competitive
data is There are actually 3 kinds hidden here First is the competitive data As mentioned earlier, we have video footage
we record, so there is the data from the footage There is also the team stats, individual stats,
and scouting stats This is all the data a rugby analyst extracts So, there’s the video footage first There is the team stats, where we come up
with data on the team’s trend and patterns, and what type of action or movements did the
team have Then there is the individual stats It might be a bit hard to see the specific
details This is the team stats This is the match when Japan was completely
defeated by New Zealand in the 2011 World Cup We will have to keep track of how many minutes
into the game was there a scoring through try, and what kind flow the match had There are types of play in rugby such as scrum
and line out We track what was the success rate those had,
and how many times were there a tackle Also, there’s the possession rate, how often
did the players hold on to the ball How much of the territory was gained We single mindedly input this in the analysis
software And more often It would take 1 to 2 hours live After that, it would take about 8 hours to
10 hours to extract all the data We just keep going on and bringing in the
data After doing so, we then work on the individual
stats The individual stats are of the 15 players
I mentioned earlier, plus 8 reserves That’s a total of 23 members So, as a strategy they all take turns Basically, all 23 members take turns We need to keep track of who was doing what
where for all the 23 players This, to be honest, for us analyst, it is
dreadful But we just keep on inputting that data What happens is, as you have seen with rugby
in the footage It gets all mixed up Soccer has a tracking system, and as long
as you put a certain number of cameras The video can distinguish the players in contrast
to the color of the field So it is easy to extract data But with rugby, it gets very confusing and
messy Even for us We end up constantly rewinding the tape, zooming
in, then checking who is doing what Once we check then we input the data for each
player So, as you can imagine, it is an extreme amount
of work But, to improve the player’s performance,
it is an essential factor If there is work rate with low quality, then
we would need to work on eliminating this Improvement would be necessary, so we just
have to keep bringing in the data I am not sure how many hours it actually takes I prefer not to count, because if I do, I
would just hate it more We keep creating data And, this is the competitive data Plus, aside from our own team, we would also
work on analyzing the opponent’s team Aside from our match, and the ??? Of the next
opposing team there are 3 matches There are about 4 matches to retrieve data
from Then we find the patterns and trends, and
come up with the statistics What will the opponent do, what kind of trend
or pattern we have, all of these are reported to the coach The second type of data is the mental and
physical type of data In terms of the the mental, frankly, this
is quite hard to put into data But in the physical side, we manage everything
in data But we don’t use a software for it We don’t have the go to software to manage
this Basically, the height, weight, and body fat Then there’s the weight and muscles, how many
kilograms did they bench press lift We also manage all the food they consume Our team isn’t really pro Most of them are Japanese employees, and half
of them have families We would get the permission of their wives And we would rent out a whole dining hall,
and feed them dinner that our nutritionist prepared There’s a time, 30 minutes after training,
that we call the “golden time” How much we can feed them high protein and
low calorie food is what is important So, that is what we feed them It’s been about 4 years since we started this When we first started doing this, our team
players were physically small Their bodies were small, and other teams had
190 cm and 100 kilogram players And we didn’t have a lot of players like that But, these are the types of players we had
to play against, so what we did was Just for dinner, we would make them eat 3,000
calories worth of food These days a lot of people are conscious of
tracking their calories So you could probably imagine what 3,000 calories
is like Our players Would have a hard time eating It’s easy to consume 3,000 calories when you
eat tempura or tonkatsu but when the menu consists of boiled pork Or white meat When the food you have to eat is low calorie
high protein, and you have to consume 3,000 worth of calories The players struggle to finish the food But to finish their food is also part of the
training And we ask them to also have control on these When they feel hungry, the moment they feel
hunger, it means that their muscles are burning So, they always carry nuts Whatever they do they have nuts with them
to snack on We joke about telling them they’re like monkeys But they are desperate It’s the same story during the Japan matches,
I have experience in working as Japan staff It is just there There are dried fruits and nuts put everywhere It probably makes sense But I’m not sure if people at Google train They carry it around all the time, when we
headed to the plane, they would take it out And when I asked what they were, they said
they were Almonds And, this is typical during road trips But this is something they do to train their
body And lastly, there is also the subjective degree
of fatigue There aren’t a lot of data that measure the
degree of fatigue The more well-versed the player is, the more
their perspective becomes objective They would know how tired their body is and
which part is tired We would ask them to rate from 1 to 5 of how
much which part hurts When we continuously ask this, well-versed
players manage their bodies very well There are also players who Wear wearable watches, and manage their body
using their smartphones We push them, and keep building the statistics We also gather data that would prevent them
from having injuries This also links But we measure the speed that they run in
and their heart rate Sorry if it’s a bit hard to see but This is made by the trainer that we use Of individual physical data There is no system for this, so currently Our trainer, the S&C trainer we have made
this in an excel sheet We would paste pictures from the top, and
there would be the name, position, age, and height The body fat of a certain weight would be
recorded This is 24.5 close to 25, I think it’s too
much Then, if we keep focusing on the medical data We end up wasting money, and also time Actually we weigh them using just a standard
body fat scale you buy for your home Then, once or twice a year we weigh them precisely What we try to do here is to avoid any large
fluctuations In his case when he gains here, he instantly
reduces With this, if they gradually reduce body fat,
and increase muscle You will be able to create a good body, and
as you can see here the target is 19 percent To get close to the target 19 percent When you work in being in the condition earlier This is the muscle test There’s the power clean, squats, bench press,
pull ups We measure the muscles that is our indicator
on how much it has been trained, and also yearly How much they have grown, how much they have
trained This one is the speed related data How much they can run This is the kind of data we extract Even for bench presses, there are no players
that don’t not lift below 100 kg, for rugby players There are also those that lift more than 200
kg They all have abnormal bodies But to protect themselves from road accidents
as seen earlier They have to put on muscle, and also extra
flesh This is not American Football, with American
Football, you get to wear the head cap or the helmet There is a layer of protection, but in rugby,
there is nothing but flesh To protect your body, we have to keep inputting
numbers and building the statistics And manage your body It was a bad example but This is his medical history, and his injury
history With this player, he had many injuries, and
he was very troubled by it Players go through various injuries, with
that kind of play In actual, even when they don’t hit each other,
injuries happened even by just running The moment they sprint, they can pull a muscle These types of injury can also happen He had been troubled by these injuries And, he would constantly consult with the
trainer and doctor Yesterday, we went to Hokkaido for training
camp He was able to go through the camp without
any injury, and this year, might be a good year for him We record data like this And we do take physical data like this The body parts of the injury would show up For this player, most of it is on his legs
and feet, so this indicates that he will need to train these areas Then, we would see how much he lifts during
squats If we see that he lifts 190 kg this may mean that he needs to lift more If they were able to lift 135 kg during bench
press, then we see that it went down to 130 kg, we would ask the player why We also pressure them because they need to
create a body that can endure a road accident like game With that said, this is how we manage physical
data Finally We would take both competitive data and physical
data Player put on GPS Nowadays, everyone uses the run meter on their
iPhones and smartphones when the run There are also GPS devices in watches now In rugby It is about A smaller size than this There is a GPD device that is about 4 cm by
3 cm They would put it on their shoulder blade,
and wear with something that resembles a sports bra The jersey used in regular games have pockets
to put them in All the players would wear them All 23 players That would be 40 minutes times 40 minutes,
plus a little more, so the match would be about 90 minutes In 90 minutes, the player’s running distance,
running time, the running time would be around 90 minutes The running distance is how many km they run The running speed, how was the intensity What was the running speed at top speed The average speed, the global average in rugby For 1 match that runs for 80 minutes to 90
minutes is about 6.5 km to 7 km With that said, since they are not marathon
runners, it doesn’t mean that simply running 10 km or 20 km is enough Within that 6.5 km, what is most important
is The average speed, what this means is you
don’t simply run 7 km But a player must sprint and be on a constant
high speed to catch the ball that goes to different places A player that can continuously follow the
ball is the most clever player By distinguishing the game everything appears
on the GPS Then, of course, the speed increases, during
practice they would have they wear a heart rate meter to count their heart rate So, they would be pushed to increase their
heart rate to 180 to 200 When you try this out, you will understand
the intensity of 180 I’m sorry to assume, but I don’t think anyone
can reach this If you would, then you would probably be sent
to the hospital That is how hard 180 to 200 is The players are just panting and gasping at
this point When I was a player We would just get on our knees in exhaustion
and tell our coach we couldn’t take it anymore And it would look like we were exhausted But now, since you can see everything, even
if the player begs you We can see if the heart rate is only down
to 140, and we would tell them so It might be a negative thought But this is something that we can also manage
now In a way, if it goes over 200, then we know
when it’s too dangerous We would tell them to stop, and go home to
rest Or, we could ask them to skip practice the
next day It also functions a barometer where we would
let them rest so they can manage their health and condition themselves There are different types of GPS software In the software our team uses, this is the
GPS data of a player during practice This green wave, is the speed data of the
GPS The top orange line that fluctuates is the
heart rate The higher it goes, it means the faster the
speed is So, you can see that he runs, then at this
point he sprints Then, he goes back then sprints again, and
goes back Most likely, this pattern goes on for 3 times This is probably a practice when the strength
coach gave him a heavy menu The speed goes really fast, then they do it
for 3 rounds, and the heart rate continues to be high This practice probably goes on for 70 minutes When it reaches the middle, they probably
have already warmed up Then, the coach gave them an intense menu This goes on for 3 sets At the last part, they cool down, then the
heart rate also starts to go down Every part of it is documented They also wear this during the match, so the
running distance and speed during this would show And, this depends on the team But there would be 5 different levels set
from low to high Players that are consistently on level 4 and
5 are clever players They regain their breath well, and can run
with strong intensity If the player is weak, or not very skilled They tend to stay on the lower levels That’s why they can’t increase their speed With this, it might not sound good if I say
that this is how we manage the players But we extract competitive data and physical
data Along with the GPS data With soccer, they also use GPS Apparently, it isn’t as well known yet In J league, they have started to use it as
part of fan service Rugby uses this technology As training data to increate the physical
and rugby IQ of the players And this is only with rugby As an example, I might also be out of the
rank For example, baseball has progressed the most Major league is really advanced in this aspect,
as a business and as a sport The movie Moneyball is a good example of this This is the movie starring Brad Pitt They would extract the data called Sabermetrics With baseball, there is no physical contact,
so it would be 1 on 1 This makes the data easy to come up with They can come up with all sorts of data like
what is the on-base percentage of this batter, what kind of pitch are they weak in All sorts of statistic are created in Sabermetrics If you’re a professional athlete, it also
becomes your personal evaluation Which would also lead to your salary, that
is the story in Moneyball In Japanese Baseball, with Softbank Hawks
and Rakuten also uses this well They would put foreign players in important
positions to supplement the team Soccer also works on data management In Soccer’s case, there aren’t much contact
between players too So, it is easy to track their movements with
a camera There is also GPS for this, and there are
rules that prevent them from putting one So, they basically use the camera to document
everything, and they would come up with the tracking data Soccer fans are actually more into the game
more than the players What has happened is that, I personally don’t
play this, there are games such as Pro Evolution Soccer and Let’s Make A Soccer Team The gamer becomes the coach So when they watch a game live, they watch
it from the coach’s perspective There have been an increase in the number
of fans That start to see if a player isn’t being
productive From a business perspective these fans need
to be taken care of And they have to be satisfied What the association is doing now, is that
they show all those data during half time So when you go see a J league match now During half time on the electric bulletin
board You can see who has the longest running distance
and other data But overseas they also put Sabermetrics here But the data that we extract is simply data
of the past It analyses a game that already ended In a way, it’s already ended so there is nothing
more to do But, once these data are collected and you
build the statistics The data that you extract from there, this
is actually what they do in NBA You come up with the expected value This is future numbers For example, there is player A who is a batter
in baseball You would extract the data from him, data
of him when he stands in the batter box This means, they can up with data such as
this batter hits the most during a 2-2 when there is a person on this fort They will be able to come up with the expected
value of when to use a pinch-hitter This is also the case with soccer, there is
the number of shoots made, and number of actual shoots that turned to scores Then they would know in which angle he has
a higher score rate When his expected value is shown They will see data of where and when he should
be used A little while back At that time, Okazaki’s salary was not much And his selling price wasn’t much either,
at the beginning, he was just this small Japanese dude And, wasn’t very popular in European soccer Leicester’s coach, if you didn’t know any
better this guy just looked like A typical middle aged looking man, was eyeing
Okazaki to scout He looked through all his data and said, Okazaki’s
running was exceptional If we have this small dude just keep on running,
he will suit Leicester And, his salary was low and cheap to scout,
so he picked them out He told him, we are relying on you, this is
your expected value And if you work on this area, you will be
great for Leicester And, as a result of Okazaki’s performance,
Leicester won This is a result from the expected value,
this is Sabermetrics This has not entered rugby yet Sabermetrics is already in soccer, basketball,
and baseball You do not simply use the data from the past,
but you extract this data and come up with an expected value This is the new way data is now being used There have been talks that rugby will have
this too But the system is still not built, and it
is still hard to build at this point Before I talk about the next topic If you have anything to ask about data, please
ask I would like to answer the best way I can About how data is used in sports (Question) Most of the time the strength coach manages
this Of course it is not good to just keep bulking
up But since it is the human body, it is hard
to give a set of standards Of course they always consult with the doctor
and trainer But there isn’t a set standard But what often happens in sports is For example, in our team there is a player
that stands 160 cm He states he is that tall, but we are not
quite convinced His nickname is Tank He weighs about 100 kg And he bench presses about 165 kg If there was a picture, I would like to show
you But what happens to a 160 cm, 100 kg player
that bench presses that much You end up looking like a tan This is it Just imagine having arms here Since this is what he looks like, his arms
do not lift, and it just statistics This would affect his performance, so we control
it We make him lose weight This is what happens in rugby For example, in other games, such as volleyball In volleyball, if a player bench pressed and
put on muscle, you would think they can spike well But with bench press you can only gain muscle
at the front When you train it too much, to exaggerate
a little, the shoulders would stiffen When this happens, you would bring it to the
back when you perform a spike, but your shoulders would be too stiff If you don’t control this, you’re body won’t
be able to spike anymore It depends on the sport, and the individual
players There actually isn’t a standard to it We look into the balance And we ask them to train, and play in matches,
and based on the results we control (Question) We manage all of those Usually the players know themselves They would know what would match what kind
of weight For example, for really professional players,
since it is better to be able to take up a variety of positions There are those that can manage how much weight
is needed for certain positions There are players that are able to manage
in this way We also have a player that holds on 3 different
positions They won’t be able to switch by week We would ask him to take a certain position
by season Then he would say okay then I will do 105
kg Then we would ask him to do a running positions Then he would say okay I will do 98 kg He can control it in this way Kuwazuru is the rugby seven captain He is a member in our team When he was playing rugby union, he would
do 100 kg In rugby union, there is a lot of running,
so he would lower it to 95 kg He also lost weight for Rio, and we would
bully play with him that he wasn’t part of the team anymore But to play in the Olympic, he will not be
able to run if he is too heavy He manages the weight The player works with the trainer to manage
this Thank you Yes, please (Question) Thank you Actually, rugby has not progressed that much It might be wrong coming from me But we’ve always had high level analysts in
rugby But because the association does not have
much influence There were a lot of ignorance towards data Currently, we are left behind by soccer, basketball,
and volleyball I always check out soccer About the data of soccer Even though it is very different sport How can we increase the winning rate, with
what we call a try To be able to score a try, what are the procedures
we have to go through Before, you had to have a high possession
rate of the ball to score a try The time the ball is held within the 80 minutes
of game It has always been said if a team holds on
to the ball 60 percent of the time, then they would win But in rugby these days, you can win even
without possessing the ball This is also happening in soccer The idea that if you possess the ball, you
can shoot or you can score a try If you think about it this is common sense Yes, this concept does not fade But in actual, for example, currently the
strongest team is England When England and Australia played against
each other England had a landslide win with 7 against
23 But when you look at the stats, the possession
rate of Australia is 75% England wasn’t able to attack at all, but
they won So, what is happening here, let’s see There is no ???, they want to come up with
the expected value But in terms of if the coach’s strategy and
the expected value is another issue This is also one of the troubles an analyst
faces First thing is the coach has to have a creative
result ahead when they see the data And, what is also difficult is In Japanese sports, the coaching style is
still passion first It is what they called having the balls So regardless how much data we bring in They would often dismiss it is as merely numbers There was a NBA player named Brent Barry The owner of the team he was in Was actually a statistician, which was completely
unrelated to basketball But there was the Sabermetrics we mentioned
earlier, and they named the owner the pro in statistical science The players did not take well that they were
being evaluated merely by two dimensional numbers And with this, what he said was, and this
is completely a sexist comment Stats are just like bikinis, they are nice
to look at But they don’t tell you the whole story There are a lot of women here so I feel very
rude saying it He said it, not me As a man, ultimately, they want to see a naked
woman But stats is like a bikini that looks good But since what you really want to see is a
naked woman Stats is like that, it won’t let you see the
truth When he said this to the media, which poked
him a lot for this But it is exactly as he said Honestly, this is the agony of an analyst Regardless of what numbers you come up with,
in the end, it is just numbers In actual, when those players move in the
field, their passion comes first During the South African match earlier, the
Japan vs South Africa As per the data, Japan can aim for getting
a penalty goal When they get 3 points, it will be a match,
and the world will see how great Japan is This was the intention of the coach This is as per the data But, when you’re on the field, it’s your passion
that comes first and say, I will score with a try As a result it turned out okay And everyone celebrated it But as for the coach, he was upset that they
didn’t listen to his data and threw the headset in frustration This is honestly a distress In our case, we have been playing rugby for
a while Even before, the approach on strategy Has always changed If the opponent kicks, we would have to count
the number of counter attacks Or it could be increasing the number of line-ups
within the 22 meter line This changes through time After a while, it becomes obsolete, and something
of the past It consistently changes So, it makes the approach very difficult Especially in rugby, the rules change every
year For those who started to like rugby It might be wrong to say that it is a shame But we also have a hard time keeping up with
the changes every year Since turning pro is a trend right now, they
see rugby as a business And they want to make rules to make the game
more interesting So, since there are changes in the rules every
year Even the referee cannot keep up Everyone is having trouble with this The audience aren’t sure what happens in games But it is something we cannot fix As mentioned by Mr. Sorimatsu earlier This goes with soccer too But there is a play that the player can control For example, in rugby, there is line-out There is the ball the opponent kicks Then the player can throw-in from the side,
this is a play where one throws the ball This is something the player can perform when
they kick the ball and the opponent kicks it But in the case of scrum which is another
set play, the player cannot control it With soccer, throw-in can be controlled You can kick it to the front, put pressure,
then the opponent will start kicking When the number of this increases The strategy they make is to make a lot chances
to score by using a throw-in Does anyone here know the England vs Iceland
match This is the game Iceland won in In soccer, England is one of the strongest Iceland on the other hand, is not known for
soccer Even when you look at their stats, their success
rate in passing is very low in rank But they won 2 to 1 to against England The whole country celebrated Their strategy was to use throw-in to build
their strength and have control They came up with the stats and used this
as the source of attack Then when they ride the waves The players start to think that they have
what it takes to win And finally they are driven by passion This is the kind of data that was done in
soccer Is everything alright? Finally, I don’t mean butter up There is Coca Cola Red Sparks in Google app Even before Mr. Sorimachi asked me to talk
here My team We ask all our players to install these 4
apps to their smartphones Thanks to these, it has helped us a lot, this
is true Firstly, we asked everyone to make a Gmail
account And, if we need to announce or share something,
we can contact them immediately These can be changes in schedule, or watch
this match Or when something else happens, we can manage
everything in one place There is Google Drive, but we put all the
compressed data in Drive The players use their smartphones, iPads Tablets or desktop to download these In this training camp, you will see the pictures
later, we also used it It has been very helpful There is also playbooks, we send all the files Then we used the calendar for schedules In meetings we also have foreigners and Japanese We don’t speak English at all And we have an interpreter while the coach
is a foreigner Then the coach would speak in English, and
we wonder what they talk about We might understand some of it, then the interpreter
would talk straight Then it would get confusing for the meeting to be clear We put the meeting agenda in the calendar
first Then, it would be easier to follow the conversations The meeting minute would then be uploaded
to drive, and send through Email Finally, we use Youtube to share the matches
the players should watch We would look through the videos to visualize
the kind of game we want to play We ask them to check some pages This is something we ask them to do In actual, the AD Japan 2015 we saw earlier They were all using this What we did was called the analyst immediately
and asked to use it Thankfully, everything else is free aside
from the communication fee Thank you very much, it has been great help This allows us to have very creative meetings This is what it looks like This is after getting back to the hotel yesterday They would all put it in their tablets And watch it right there This is a foreign player, and there is one
spot in the hotel that has strong wifi He was just watching all night In the plane, since our base is in Fukuoka,
the time in transit is long It takes 1 to 2 hours to Tokyo, to Hokkaido
it takes 1 to 2 hours too Since we don’t want to waste time in transit,
they would watch the videos they download during transit This is a very important time Of course sleeping is also important But we focus on maximizing the transit time,
and we ask them to download into their tablets These 3, 4 apps have helped us On top of that, our staffs and managers We tour nationally There are a lot places that we’ve never visited
before So we open Google Map From the moving bus we use, we check the remaining
time to arrive to the hotel When we are about to get there, we call them
up and tell them to prepare the players Sometimes it is also hard to get to the venue,
and we check if there are convenience stores around Or what are other establishments there are
close by The traffic and all other information, we
research everything Lastly, there is translations during communication
with foreign staff It is hard to always have the interpreter
around We use these tools To read English documents, and also partially
for when communicating It has helped us a lot in these situations In moving around in the field, and coming
up with data Thankfully, we just use Google apps To finish it off, we continue to fight to
win We say that this is how we utilize data But your apps have managed to help us with
this We would like to finish this year by winning We also have games in Tokyo, we hope that
you can come and see us play This is where I end my talk This was about the utilization of data in
rugby That is all Thank you very much

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