To help fans see beyond the raw match data, Accenture has handpicked a number of experts to provide cutting edge analysis of the Championship. The Accenture Analysis Team will be made up of Nick Mallett, former South-African Rugby Union player and coach of the Italian National side, Ben Kay, Rugby World Cup winning England international, Gordon D’Arcy, former Ireland international and two time RBS 6 Nations trophy winner and a team of top data analysts from Accenture. Together, the team will provide unrivalled and unique insights on all 15 RBS 6 Nations games for the 2017 season.
Nick Mallett, is a former South Africa rugby union player and coach. His career has seen him coach leading southern and northern hemisphere teams and he has become known as one of the most analytical thinking coaches in the rugby world. His coaching career includes some of the best teams in rugby: Italy, the Springboks, Stade Francais, the Barbarians and a World XV.
World Cup winner and Leicester Tigers great Ben Kay MBE played as a second row and represented the England national rugby union team and the British & Irish Lions.
Kay’s highly successful club career with the Tigers saw him win the Premiership six times and the Heineken Cup twice. He played in three Six Nations tournaments, including England’s Grand Slam in 2003.
Kay was an important member of England’s 2003 World Cup winning squad, playing every minute of all but one game in the tournament as England beat Australia in the final. He also featured in every minute of England’s march to the World Cup final in 2007.
Ben was a rugby Premiership co-commentator for ESPN before joining BT Sport as a rugby expert, drawing on his vast international and club experience to offer insight and analysis. He currently features as a pundit on ITV’s RBS 6 Nations coverage and was a member of the Rugby World Cup Review Board.
Gordon D’Arcy is an icon of Irish rugby, having gained 82 caps for his country as well as representing Leinster and the British & Irish Lions throughout his career. D’Arcy made his Ireland debut in October 1999 as a substitute against Romania at the 1999 Rugby World Cup.
D’Arcy became a regular starter for Ireland, forging a strong partnership with club teammate Brian O’Driscoll. He was voted player of the Six Nations in 2004 as he helped inspire his country to the Triple Crown for the first time since 1985. D’Arcy played in all of Ireland’s 2006 Six Nations matches, showing his incredible talent by beating more defenders than any other player.
The centre played in all of Ireland's 2007 Six Nations matches, with his excellent performances earning him a nomination for the Player of the Championship award. After sustaining an injury in the opening match of the 2008 Six Nations, D’Arcy returned strongly to become member of the victorious Ireland team that won the 2009 Six Nations Grand Slam. D’Arcy would go on to win the Championship a final time in 2014.
D’Arcy officially retired from rugby in 2015, making 42 appearances in the Six Nations over his career.
Throughout the RBS 6 Nations, Accenture brings to life what analytics can bring to a business. During a match our rugby Analytics capture the “measures that matter” to define the game changing moments for both teams and players. Using 1,800 algorithms, they generate analysis of the raw data feeds from the matches. This analysis is displayed on a customised, interactive, Accenture built dashboard, displaying statistics measuring several dimensions in real time.