Bath Rugby's Gary Gold puts spotlight on Bath squad
Bath Rugby players are under scrutiny on the training ground like never before after the new coaching team introduced an ultra-scientific approach to pre-season.
Every move is being videoed, every dropped catch is being counted and every speed session is being recorded.
Head coach Gary Gold says some of the players may have found the video cameras a little distracting to begin with. But the response from those at the sharp end – the players – has been positive.
"Our focus is on measurement in every aspect of what we do," explained Gold.
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"I'm not quite sure how the players have taken to it. Initially, it was probably quite annoying, but it will reap dividends in the future when they see that they have improved."
Matt Banahan has no qualms about the omnipresent cameras and microscopic analysis.
"Every coach has such great knowledge and direction and that's all coming through," said the back.
"Every training session is being videoed. Every player knows what's good and what needs to be improved. Nothing goes unnoticed and that's really good for the team.
"It's the way professional sport is going. You have got to take things to the next level. Everything is being more closely analysed.
"The coaches are doing it to make us better players. They can see bad habits that can be trained out of us.
"We need to strive for perfection on the training pitch. If we do that then it will show on Saturdays."