Rugby: Segway was the winner on the day*

Segway Personal Transporters (PTs) have a long association with the game of rugby in New Zealand.

Segway PTs packed with fireworks and emblazoned with silver ferns and lions heads were the performance centrepiece of the 2005 Rugby World Cup match at Eden Park (Auckland). A Segway PT played a key role supporting the SpiderCam at the 2011 World Cup throughout New Zealand, and since 2012 Segway PTs with custom hands-free controls carrying Steadicam operators have been seen gliding up and down the sidelines at hundreds of rugby and other sports games around the country.

Last Saturday night the mighty All Blacks (the name of the national NZ rugby team) played the English team at Eden Park in the first of three test matches. The Segway PT played a key role in filming an exciting match that ended with a Kiwi victory (20 to 15). Immediately after the match there was great broadcast footage of the Segway PT resting out on the field, surrounded by the players.

* the title of this post is a play on the oft-repeated phrase used by local TV sports commentators talking about a game after a match: “Rugby was the winner on the day.” Both in its original form and in countless variations, it has gone on to become a well-known Kiwi idiomatic expression.

Segway x2 with Hands Free kit for Steadicam use on the ruby field at Eden Park, Auckland (England vz NZ 7 June 2013)
Segway x2 with custom knee-steer hands-free kit for Steadicam use on the ruby field at Eden Park, Auckland (first test match England vs All Blacks on 7 June 2013)

PTs pitch in for Rugby World Cup

In just a few days the eyes of the sporting world will turn to Auckland, New Zealand, for the opening of the 2011 Rugby World Cup. And right now Segway Personal Tranaporters (PTs) are being deployed to help organisers be ready in time.

Uni Rig Ltd is responsible to erecting the structures that performers will use during the opening ceremony at Eden Park, and they chose Segway PTs to provide their staff with the ability to get more done in a day. They have hired PTs to boost staff productivity at many previous events. Time is money and the distance around a stadium is vast. Profits are lost during the time it takes to walk from A-to-B. Only the Segway PT offers a cost-effective, practical solution in work environments like this. Uni Rig hired two PTs from Segway NZ for 3 weeks leading up to the games, then as the full extent of the on-the-ground usefulness of these machines became apparent they extended the hire until the end of the event.

Look out for our next update on who else is using Segway PTs during Rugby World Cup 2011.

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