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Harlequins Rugby Union trains with Samsung

Ever wondered what would happen when the worlds of rugby and smartphones collided? Sure you have! In which case you’ll be glad to know that Samsung are collaborating with Aviva Premiership rugby champions Harlequins to assist with the club’s squad training programme.

The team will be using the Samsung Galaxy Note II and its S Pen technology The pen input makes it easy (according to Samsung at least), to take notes on the HD display. 

The Harlequins coaching staff say they’re using the technology to plan team tactics and enhance team performance for the Harlequins’ Heineken Cup games, both in training and during the matches themselves.

They will use the Galaxy Note II to view, pause and rewind live feeds during matches, all direct from the device. Then, using the ‘Coaches Eye’ app on the Galaxy Note II, the coaching team will be able to analyse footage from the match using the S Pen and record a voice-over with comments on certain elements of the game, which can then be fed back to the players.

Conor O’Shea, director of Rugby at Harlequins, commented: “The Galaxy Note II has already become a key part of our coaching programme after just a few weeks. The S Pen’s proving really useful in terms of creating training schedules and tip sheets, as well as editing them while we’re out on the pitch or making notes on the opposition.

"The fact the Galaxy Note II is so portable is a huge benefit – it not only cuts out huge amounts of paperwork, it also saves us having to carry around pens, paper, and laptops everywhere we go – because we can just use the Galaxy Note II for everything.” 

Simon Stanford, vice president, Telecommunications & Networks Division, Samsung UK and Ireland, said: “The Samsung Galaxy Note II has been a great success since it launched in October, and it’s really exciting to see it being used in such a dynamic environment. Conor and his coaching staff have really embraced the device and it’s great to hear all the different ways it’s being used in training and to prepare for important matches.”

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