French rugby’s use of STATS highlights the power of analytics in helping teams outsmart competitors. STATS also works with rugby teams in the U.S., Italy, and Ireland. On Jun. 27, USA Rugby signed a deal with STATS to use its Insights product for the next two years. The American senior team has already qualified for the next World Cup, to be played in Japan in fall 2019. In seven previous appearances at that tournament, the U.S. has never survived the group stage, so will be hoping analytics can help make a difference.