In an interesting talk with the Irish medium The Irish Times, the historic second line Paul O’Connell told how important the incorporation of GPS was in training and games, and confessed that it was very helpful to have been recognized as the best player of the Six Nations 2015 with 35 years!
“Towards the end of my career, GPS basically changed my way of training and playing,” said the former captain of Ireland about the technology system that he started using back in 2013 to evaluate different aspects of his physical performance.
It all started in November of that year in the run-up to a test match against Samoa. Already with three World Cups in his record, O’Connell had just turned 34 years old and was looking to get physically ready to continue competing at the highest level. “I told the selected fitness coach that I wanted to do an extra workout. And then he gave me a routine to do and gave me a device to measure my performance.”
“After the game against Samoa, they showed me the results that the GPS had produced and from there I began to push myself to the maximum to improve my statistics,” he said. He continued: “I discovered that I could become a better rugby player with better habits chasing some of the numbers on the GPS. “
The surprising thing is that, 15 months later, and now 35 years old, the Irish second line had just become the best player of the Six Nations 2015, and to this day, they are still the greatest to have won the award.