RugbyIts ten years since rugby went professional and clubs are now realising that they need training grounds which can support heavy use, assist in skill improvement and bring added income to the club's balance sheet.
With financial support from the RFU, clubs have taken to TigerTurf rugby systems and are now able to improve first team players, develop academy players and introduce the game to a wider and often younger audience - both male and female.
Long non-abrasive fibres are carefully infilled with recycled rubber, which replicates soil and provides the initial comfort. Underneath is a pad designed for firmness, capable of absorbing impact when a player falls under a heavy tackle.
The result could change the nature of rugby, and has been recognised by the International Rugby Board (IRB) in new standards designed to control and measure the performance of rugby on artificial systems.