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Artificial pitch for 2015 RWC?

2012-12-16 21:02

London - The Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) says it will consider installing a synthetic pitch at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff for matches scheduled to take place at the 2015 World Cup.

The Welsh national arena is set to host six games during the tournament but with the pitch currently needing to be relayed several times a year, the WRU believe an artificial surface might be the solution.

"It is being given serious consideration. We are looking at the implications," WRU chief executive Roger Lewis said in an interview with The Sunday Times.

The surface, which has been approved by the International Rugby Board (IRB), comprises a layer of stone, a thick rubber shock pad, and a covering of artificial grass filled in with black rubber crumb.

However, the WRU has concerns over whether the pitch would be able to handle the preparations for the live music shows that the stadium regularly hosts.

"They use some very serious trucks for their equipment," Lewis said.

"We'd need to be satisfied that the new surface can take it."

AFP

Comments
  • rudzanimulaudzi.mulaudzi - 2012-12-16 21:29

    I'm glad other country comes to their senses, thats what we've been asking for, for the pitch like Loftus where three tswane soccer teams use it as their home grounds and the rugby uses it, the event organisers uses it also. If they aply artficial pitch it makes the event planer and marketers job simple.

      sheamus.drager - 2012-12-17 09:35

      I've played football on an artificial pitch. If you think roasties on grass are bad, try them on this plastic rubbish. Once again proof that the IRB don't give a damn about players

  • Psyborge - 2012-12-16 21:59

    Imagine the roasties.

  • christopher.g.rogers.5 - 2012-12-17 08:17

    Keep it a grass pitch! Better for the players, otherwise they going to have to wear full body protective gear like the NFL to stop all the burns.

  • christopher.g.rogers.5 - 2012-12-17 08:30

    Keep it a grass pitch! Better for the players, otherwise they going to have to wear full body protective gear like the NFL to stop all the burns.

  • viva.lebok - 2012-12-17 09:55

    Rugby on artificial grass pitches - ouch also not good for the joints. Keep real grass.

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