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Rugby World Cup like you’ve never seen before

By: Andy Cooper

England will be hosting the eighth Rugby World Cup starting in September 2015. Reigning champion New Zealand seeks to be the first country to retain the title, but faces a stern test if it is to claim glory ahead of perennial rivals South Africa and the English hosts, who raise the curtain on the tournament against Fiji at Twickenham Stadium on September 18.

England hopes to return to Twickenham 44 days later as they plot a collision course with the All Blacks from New Zealand for the showpiece final on October 31. Standing in their way are formidable potential semi-final opponents. The Springboks from South Africa ended New Zealand’s 22-match unbeaten run in an epic Rugby Championship match last summer while back-to-back Six Nations champions Ireland tipped England to the post to retain their title in March on a pulse-pounding final day in Europe’s premier international competition. Two-time winner Australia and three-time finalist France will also likely enter into the equation.

With fewer than six months to go until the 20-team competition begins, it’s time to consider the best ways to capture the global audience of this event. STATS will be providing content that will show the Rugby World Cup in a new light. Leveraging a sophisticated system of data analysis and predictive modelling, STATS has added predictive analytics to its Rugby World Cup portfolio for 2015.

In today’s “Moneyball” era, savvier fans have made analytics and projections a must-have content piece across every sport. Take advantage of team ratings, point spreads, total expected points and win probabilities across every Rugby World Cup match. This one-of-a-kind content will captivate your audience and inspire passionate debate.

In addition to predictive analytics, STATS is offering live data feeds, play-by-play and commentary, news and headlines, applications and hosted solutions, infographics, and fantasy sports solutions.