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Wallabies' Secret Weapon Revealed

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Wallabies' Secret Weapon Revealed

Sydney, July 9 NZPA - Wallabies rugby coach Robbie Deans' latest Tri-Nations innovation has been revealed: head-cam.

Star pivot Matt Giteau was pictured in today's Daily Telegraph newspaper with a small camera attached to his headgear at the team's training session ahead of their departure for Auckland next Wednesday.

While the Wallabies declined to discuss the technology, the paper reported the cameras were part of an experiment to maximise the team's attack.

The cutting-edge technology -- Deans' brainchild -- features Wallabies playmakers slipping on headgear with miniature lenses on top, which feeds into digital recorders stuck on the shoulders.

Giteau and fellow backs Berrick Barnes, Luke Burgess and Drew Mitchell wore them during fully-opposed backline drills to capture the action footage.

The first-person perspective is later pored over by Deans and his Wallabies' analysts with the aim of exploring where space opens up on a field, and help players spot the chance to run, pass or kick the ball into open territory.

They were also used to hone the lineouts, with hookers Tatafu Polota-Nau and Stephen Moore later pulling on the headgear cameras as well.

Head-mounted cameras are used in motorsport and National Football League (NFL) training, but it's believed to be a first in rugby.

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