The Test accuracy of rugby league players is one of the most hotly contested subjects in the game, with plenty of teams and referees attempting to determine whether or not a player has performed well.
The best way to do this is to look at the data themselves.
However, some experts believe that this data is often inaccurate, particularly in regards to the accuracy of players.
According to the Rugby League Players’ Association (RLPA), the best way for the game to improve is by making the statistical data more accurate.
“The best statistical approach for improving accuracy is to provide more accurate information about how the data is collected, analysed and interpreted,” the RLPA says.
“The RLPA’s new Rugby League Statistics Toolkit will be released in the coming weeks, and the results of its tests and analysis will be shared to players in the near future.”
“With this new toolkit we’re bringing together the best available data to ensure the best possible information is used to guide and improve player performance,” it continues.
This new toolset will include information about which referees use different scoring systems, as well as statistics about the average age of the players.
“There’s lots of new data on the performance of players in both the NRL and AFL,” says RLPA head of rugby, Andrew Green.
“It’s really good to see a wider set of data that gives us an indication of how our players are performing.”
We spoke to several players about their thoughts on the new tools, which were revealed ahead of the RLPRA’s annual conference on Tuesday night.
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“This is fantastic.
They’re putting all this data in and it’s going to be a great resource for players,” said Luke Jackson.
“We’ve been really concerned about how players were scoring, and that’s something we haven’t been doing too well in terms of testing our players in this way.”
Tommy O’Connor added: “We need more data, but they’ve put in some really good work, so it’s great.”
Players’ union representative and former NRL player Nathan Peake, who is currently working on a research project into how the game is evolving, said that the new tool sets were a welcome addition.
“I’m really excited to see the data being used in the new NRL Statistics Tool Kit and I think it’s fantastic,” he said.
“All the stats and data is great, but the players are the real heroes in this.”
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