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Artificial Grass Pitches for Rugby Union

A young player passes the ball during a training session on an artificial surface

Photo: RFU Archive

Artificial grass pitches supplement good quality natural turf pitches – the enduring surface for rugby union – by providing playing, training and education facilities with a consistent surface throughout the year upon which the game can develop.

For those clubs or schools, colleges and universities who have limited training space or the large numbers of young people playing the game on poor natural turf conditions, artificial turf offers a real opportunity to provide a quality surface upon which to play the game.

To that end the RFU has supported the development of artificial turf training areas to the extent that we now have more Artificial Grass Pitches for rugby than any other country in the world.

The RFU, has produced an Artificial Grass Pitches for Rugby and Association Football Guidance Document (PDF 1.9MB).  Also, there is an IRB Comparison of Performance Specification for Artificial Surfaces (PDF 109kB) to explain the performance standards of artificial pitches.  This provides information to show that rugby and football can be played on artificial surfaces if the IRB criteria are met.

Insurance Cover for Artificial Pitches

The RFU Insurance cover acknowledges the use of artificial grass pitches and provides cover in the normal way, subject to permission having been given by the RFU to the home club/operator.