Data, football clubs & the amateur enthusiast

A visit to the third Optapro Analytics Forum in London

Warning – Contains Data. Use Carefully.

In the wrong hands sports stats can be dangerous. This week's column for the Irish Times.

Ireland’s Defence and Fantastic Rucking

Why even if Irish players are not dotted all over the "official" Six Nations stats leaderboards they're still doing plenty of valuable work.

Sloan 2015 – the stupidly long roundup – Part 1

As promised. And it is indeed stupidly long. This is just part one. Grab a cuppa, settle in. It's time to Sloan.

Ken Quarrie and his Kicking Model

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The second in a series looking at goal kicking in rugby. A chat with Ken Quarrie, NZ Rugby Senior Scientist.

The Curious Case of Dan Lydiate on the Subs Bench

And how Leigh Halfpenny could make the big difference for the Lions if his kicking hot streak continues.

Mark Cuban, Big Data and Rugby. Intriguing.

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban will be one of the judges for the AIG Rugby Innovation Challenge which sees app developers get access to Opta's detailed match data. Interesting stuff.

X/Y Rugby Data? For Free?

Opta and AIG announce something very interesting.