How Stade Rochelais Secured the Best View in the House


In the millionaire’s play­ground of French top-lev­el rug­by, advan­tages are hard to come by. Successful Top 14 side Stade Rochelais use IP cam­era tech­nol­o­gy to gain an edge.

Rather than only invest in play­ers, Stade Rochelais have con­struct­ed a brand new state-of-the-art train­ing facil­i­ty fea­tur­ing an IP cam­era set­up above all three of their train­ing pitches.

An Internet Protocol cam­era, or IP cam­era, is a type of dig­i­tal video cam­era that can send and receive data via an inter­net connection.

With this set­up, the Stade Rochelais analy­sis team has a live panoram­ic feed of train­ing ses­sions fed direct­ly into their office — mean­ing train­ing footage from any of their three fields can be analysed in real time.


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Until IP cam­eras were avail­able, their ana­lysts would man­u­al­ly film ses­sions and had to wait to analyse video until after the play­ers had left the ground.

This process took sev­er­al hours of man­pow­er each train­ing ses­sion. Now feed­back can be pro­vid­ed almost imme­di­ate­ly with the IP cam­era feed.

Stade Rochelais per­for­mance ana­lyst Florent Agounine explains the val­ue this cam­era tech­nol­o­gy gives for rug­by in particular.

““10 min­utes after train­ing, the play­ers have their analy­sis ready for them on Hudl to look at while they have their post-train­ing meal.” 

We have three IP cam­eras at the train­ing cen­tre. One in the indoor are­na, which is a wide angle, and two on the out­side fields,” Agounine said. IP Cameras are gen­er­al­ly used from the hor­i­zon­tal view­point in foot­ball, but after con­sult­ing with coach­es, we were able to adapt our set­up with the cam­eras by plac­ing them at the end of the pitch as it pro­vides a bet­ter view for rug­by pat­terns and structures.”

The inte­gra­tion with Sportscode makes the IP cam­era set­up a big time-saver for fel­low ana­lyst Matthieu Leroy. What is record­ed out­side by our IP cam­eras is sent direct­ly to Sportscode where we code train­ing live from our office,” Leroy said.

It’s very quick for us and the play­ers. 10 min­utes after train­ing, the play­ers have their analy­sis ready for them on Hudl to look at while they have their post-train­ing meal. This means play­ers are still engaged and can absorb the infor­ma­tion while the train­ing ses­sion is still fresh in the mind.”

Agounine and his team have pro­duced spe­cif­ic code win­dows for line­outs, scrums, backs play and col­lec­tive team runs, which cre­ates a detailed analy­sis of the cam­era record­ings they receive dai­ly. After cod­ing these dif­fer­ent set pieces, the out­puts are sent to posi­tion-spe­cif­ic groups via Hudl.

His next goal is to intro­duce a fourth IP cam­era that will focus pure­ly on the scrum, an area of the game with sev­er­al tech­ni­cal com­po­nents to break down.

Stade Rochelais have already showed inno­va­tion by build­ing a ded­i­cat­ed area for scrum train­ing on a slant­ed sur­face, which acts as a form of resis­tance for the for­ward pack push­ing uphill. Agounine’s next goal is to intro­duce a fourth IP cam­era that will focus pure­ly on the scrum, an area of the game with sev­er­al tech­ni­cal com­po­nents to break down.

As part of Stade Rochelais’ five-year project, the club wants 30 per­cent of their play­ers to be acad­e­my grad­u­ates. Leroy out­lines how using Sportscode through­out the entire club struc­ture, is help­ing them achieve this goal.

You need to learn how to use feed­back with video, and we press that you begin to learn when your 16 years old,” Leroy said. With expo­sure to video analy­sis, a play­er who comes from the acad­e­my will not feel lost when he grad­u­ates to a pro­fes­sion­al team. Because the strate­gies and the names of the announce­ments and keys we use are all the same across the club, you are already pre­pared which is an advantage.”

Agounine explains how video analy­sis is direct­ly linked between all aspects of the club.

There is always dis­cus­sion between ana­lysts, the coach­es of the acad­e­my and the pro­fes­sion­al coach­es,” said Agounine. We have the same code, stake and strat­e­gy, which allows us to move for­ward togeth­er as a club.”

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