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RFU Tractors and Soil Reliever Support


A RFU tractor and soil reliever system working on the Twickenham pitch

Photo: RFU Archive


As a measure of the RFU’s longstanding commitment to pitch care, we have invested in a number of tractor and soil reliever units which are designated to help community rugby clubs.

Rugby pitches are given a hard time during the season, especially during winter and the inevitable wet weather.  Pitches can become compact which seals the surface and prevents excess water draining away.

To counteract this problem – the major cause of postponed fixtures – it is necessary to aerate the pitch.  The best method is to use a deep spiker which creates suitable holes for drainage.  In the professional game pitches are aerated four times season and this can be replicated in the community game.

Information is available on maintenance of grass pitches and clubs are urged to make use of the RFU’s soil reliever and aeration equipment.  This equipment is designed to help clubs achieve high-quality playing surfaces throughout the season and long-term pitch improvement.

Use an RFU Tractor

The units have been placed with partner clubs and organisations throughout the country.  They will be able to deliver discounted grounds maintenance services and advice to local clubs. Interested clubs should contact their nearest centre or get in contact with their local Regional Development Officer (RDO).

Club / Location Contact
Aspatria RFC Tel: 07768 947111
Barnsley RUFC Tel: 01226 203509
Bristol Tel: 07974 680020
Broad Street RFC Tel: 07720 441355

Mel Pooley
Tel: 07770 411650

Ecosolve Tel: 01666 861250

WT & RJ Jones
Tel: 01823 665030

Hayle Sports Grounds Contractors
Tel: 01736 753120
Leics John Upton
Tel: 07867 785200
Middlesex RFU CH Grounds Maintenance Ltd
Tel: 01494 758208
Fax: 01494 758886
Northampton Saints Tel: 01604 751543
Mob: 07989 393978
Nottingham, Lincs, Derbyshire Tel: 07771 646756
Old Crossleyans RFC Tel: 01422 363000
Sale RFU Tel: 01612 831865
Sedgley Park RUFC Tel: 0161 766 5050 
Warrington RUFC Tel: 07753 003454