Welcome to the Ricoh Rugby Change Series

In this series we identify and analyse the major changes that have occurred in rugby since the onset of professionalism. This new era of the game and the continuous development of technology have caused significant shifts in the strategy behind the game, the size and the skills of the players, how the sport is played on the pitch and how we as spectators consume it.

The study highlights what these major trends affecting the game are, and analyses each key area of change in more detail in a series of exclusive insights across the Aviva Premiership Rugby season.

Exploring SIX key areas of change

Kicking

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Kicking

Sharing key insights into changes to kicking in rugby, with exclusive content from Gilbert Ambassador Paul Grayson, covering drop goals, place kicking, kicking from hand and the effects of modern rugby balls on success rates.

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Gameplay

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Gameplay

Sharing key insights into changes in positional performance, across all the game’s key elements including tackling, passing and metres carried, with an exclusive comparison of Ricoh Ambassadors Ben Kay and Maro Itoje.

Available from 19th December, 2016

Laws

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Laws

Looking at how changes to the game’s laws have led to higher scoring and closer matches, with exclusive content from leading Premiership Rugby referees.

Available from 16th January, 2017

Technology & Strategy

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Technology & Strategy

Looking at how innovation in technology has affected the game, with exclusive content from leading performance analysts and behind-the-scenes training footage.

Available from 17th February, 2017

Physicality, Training & Recovery

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Physicality, Training & Recovery

Sharing key insights on how player size has changed and how they now train, recover and rehabilitate from injury, with exclusive content from Directors of Rugby and leading medical staff.

Available from 20th March, 2017

Professionalism

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Professionalism

Looking at how professionalism has shaped the modern game to increase TV and stadium audiences, with exclusive content from Premiership Rugby and club C-Suites on the business side of the sport.

Available from 24th
 April, 2017

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