Rhys Long

The British

& Irish Lions

Tour to New Zealand 2017

Rhys Long

Rhys Long

Head of Performance Analysis

Born: 20 November, 1981 | Cardiff

Rhys Long was appointed as Head of Performance Analysis for the Welsh Rugby Union in August, 2007. The former London Wasps' Technical Analyst joined a three-man analysis team supporting not only the Wales national team, but the entire elite performance structure in Wales, from national age grade sides to Sevens and elite referees.

Long, a former Welsh Schools No.8 and player at Bridgend before suffering a lower leg injury, graduated in Sports Science at UWIC in 2003 before taking an MSc in Performance Analysis and joining London Wasps in 2005. While at Wasps, Rhys was part of the management team that took the side to the inaugural Anglo-Welsh Powergen Cup final victory and the Heineken Cup final win in 2007. He worked under Warren Gatland during Wales' 2008 and 2012 Grand Slam campaigns and in the march to 4th place in the 21011 Rugby World Cup. He was chief analyst with the Lions in South Africa in 2009 and will be making his second tour in 2013.