Performance Rugby Analytics co-founder Rynhardt Forbes has joined Kenya Simbas technical bench to help the in preparation for the 2023 Rugby World Cup.
Performance Rugby Analytics (PRA) is an organization based in Abilene, Texas, in the U.S., that helps coaches develop the best tactical and strategic game plan to maximize player performance.
Forbes has worked Lions Super Rugby team and Danish National team among other teams. He has over 10 years of experience in rugby analysis and strategy.
The analyst joined Kenya Simbas bench early in July and was present as Kenya Simbas whipped Zambia 45-8 in the Rugby Africa Cup Pool B match. He says his job is to analyse the opponents, learn how they play and come up with plans on how to neutralize them.
“I’m a Team analyst and strategist. It’s my job to look at the opposition and identify trends in how they play. Based on my analysis, I come up with a plan considering the players we have in order to neutralize the threats of the opposition and exploit their weaknesses. I also look at the way we(Kenya Simbas) play and work with players individually with regards to special skills and individual position-specific Key Performance Indicators (KPI’s). Furthermore, I assist the coaches in team selections. I also served as the interim backline coach leading up to the game against Zambia,” he told KRU in an interview.
“I have been in rugby analysis and strategy for 10 plus years now. Six years ago, my partner and I developed a unique approach and have tested it numerous times. I’d definitely consider myself a scholar of the game,” he revealed.
On his experience with Kenya Simbas since joining, he said :”Overall, a great experience. We worked with the Simbas remotely for 2 weeks prior to arriving in Kenya, 3 days before the game against Senegal. After the unfortunate loss, the team had a mindset change and we really worked hard the week before the game against Zambia. We went through highs and lows.”
” I have to give credit to the technical team of the Simbas, quality people all across the board that all believe in the World cup goal. They made things happen. We have a technical team operating like the true professionals they are. As for Kenya, what a great country, passionate rugby people, and very welcoming. I love the country and the culture.”
Commenting on Simbas performance in the Pool B matches he said:
“As mentioned, the first week was very rushed for us. We knew we had a very young Kenyan team and we did not have the opportunity to test out combinations. There simply was no time and we used what we had in mind to try and sharpen our skills. Heartbreaking to lose by 1 point at the death of the Senegal game, but we picked ourselves up and really put in the work the next week.”
“We had various video sessions on Zambia, and we had a specific plan for Zambia. The combinations came together on the training pitch, hence the positional changes within the team. When we started the game the boys followed the plan to the T, and it worked like a charm. The turnaround in performance we were able to deliver in just one week speaks volumes of the quality of these players and the technical team #Keepthefaith.”
Kenya Simbas head coach Paul Odera termed Rynhardts has a person of value to the team.
“Rynhardt’s value with the Simbas in the short period he has been with us has been two-fold. One, he’s able to assist us in putting the technical preparations attached to an analysis and a trend. In the past, we haven’t been able to get patterns of how a team is playing. He’s also been able to look at our players and their attributes on whether they fit in certain positions. Secondly, he’s able to coach our backline and get them going on the starter moves and attack patterns. He’s also a fantastic human being and a passionate rugby person,”
Rynhardt is a co-founder of Performance Rugby Analytics (PRA), an organization based in Abilene, Texas, in the U.S., that helps coaches develop the best tactical and strategic game plan to maximize player performance, minimize injury, predict their opponent’s game plan, and ultimately win the game.
A key element of developing winning teams is knowing the players you have to work with, understanding who they are; knowing your tool. Then, knowing who your opponents are; understanding their tendencies. PRA uses a combination of predictive modeling combined with player knowledge and management, to assist coaches with player selection, game plan development, and strategy.
Additional reporting courtesy/KRU