The benefits of a 3G rugby pitch
There are not only safety benefits to players but also hugely reduced maintenance requirements for rugby clubs, meaning there is a long-term cost saving to be made when maintaining pitches to a high standard. By comparing natural grass pitches with 3G artificial surfaces, the latter clearly offers further advantages, including:
• A more attractive looking pitch with no muddiness or worn out areas
• No need to mow or apply pesticides/treatments
• Porous layers for improved drainage
• Shockpad underlay making it much safer for players
Why are artificial surfaces better for players?
Innovative 3G technology uses a synthetic fibre which has been made to imitate real grass, using rubber and sand granules. The older synthetic surfaces were initially produced only using sand, but manufacturers have found that rubber helps the synthetic grass to stay upright, reducing friction burns and grazing for players. The artificial 3G surface usually has a pile length of around 60mm and to meet the World Rugby Head Impact Criteria regulations, alongside the Rugby Union accreditation, it must be installed over a separate shockpad.