The National Rugby League, in conjunction with Precision Sourcing, have again joined forces with some of Australia's most astute data analysts for the 2018 NRL DataJam in Sydney.
This year's will see leading statisticians from companies including Google Cloud, Facebook, KPMG, Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Quantium and Accenture gather at Google HQ in Sydney to crunch the NRL's data.
The NRL, for the very first time under the new Collective Bargaining Agreement, will provide analysts greater access to team and player data than ever before.
The teams involved will then be tasked with identifying new trends in tactical analysis, quality and speed of decision making as well as positional play.
The judging panel for the day consists of three of the game's most distinguished individuals – Immortal and Australian Kangaroos Coach Mal Meninga; Australia, Queensland and Brisbane legend Darren Lockyer; and former Jillaroos legend Karyn Murphy.
"We had some really unique insights come out of last year's event and we're expecting an even greater level of insight to be presented given the additional data available to each of the teams," NRL Chief Digital Officer Alex Alderson said.
"We're really fortunate to have such a talented group of people come together to breakdown our game play in ways that could benefit our game for years to come."
Precision Sourcing Associate Director, Joel Stein, is excited to be partnering with the NRL for the second consecutive year.
"It's a special event that analysts and business people can’t normally do during their day-to-day jobs," Mr Stein said.
"So, when the NRL open's elite sports data like this to some of the best analytical minds in Australia, it's something Precision Sourcing are immensely proud to bring to life in partnership with the NRL."
The NRL opened its statistical vault to businesses with next-to-no connection with rugby league for the first-time at the inaugural NRL DataJam in May 2017.