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PROMOTION: WATTBIKE

ITALIAN RUGBY AND WATTBIKE PARTNER TO DRIVE NEW DIRECTION OF PRECISION AND PERFORMANCE for elite training and will impact the

(FIR) and Wattbike have

efficiency and precision of performance

announced a partnership with

programmes across many sports.

the aim to optimise the fitness,

Pete Atkinson, Head of Human

precision and performance

Performance at FIR, comments: “Working

of the Italian Rugby Team,

with a technology and training partner

Benetton Rugby and Zebre Rugby. The partnership will see Wattbike

such as Wattbike allows us to boost the National Team and helps us to efficiently

and the FIR work closely together over

train those players who need to offload

the next 12 months to develop new

following a match day, or those with a

training methodologies and analyse

background of injury, in order to maintain

the impact the Wattbike can have on

the highest possible level of fitness.

off-feet conditioning, rehabilitation

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T

he Italian Rugby Federation

“The intention is to develop the

and performance. This ground-breaking

partnership and use Wattbike’s bespoke

research will shape a new direction

knowledge of performance and elite sport

“We’re on a journey to create a team that the nation can be proud of” Conor O’Shea, Italian Rugby head coach

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to help us prescribe specific sessions to our athletes. As we develop the partnership, Wattbike will send their staff to share information with our coaching teams on cycling fitness and the cross-training benefits of this to our sport-specific goals. It represents a great option to be smart, and more precise in our training”. As part of the collaboration, Wattbike has provided Italian Rugby with four Wattbike Pros and two Wattbike Trainers. Three of the bikes are based at the training ground at Benetton Treviso and the others are located with Zebre Rugby in Parma. “Placing the bikes in this way gives the best possible exposure to the majority of players who make up the National Squad,” Atkinson explains. “We are now working closely with Wattbike to enhance the Italian Rugby is striving to step up the physical performance of its players

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precision and individual focus of rugby conditioning in Italy. There is a great

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