After nearly a month of preparation works, the new 3G pitch is ready to be laid this week by SIS Pitches for National League One team, Rosslyn Park RFC.
They are the third rugby union team to convert to artificial grass by SIS Pitches, following on from Newcastle Falcons in 2014, and Saracen’s in 2013, who both play in the Aviva Premiership league.
The current natural turf pitch at the London stadium is being replaced with SIS Pitches’ premium product, Rugger 65, which is also used by the two Premiership teams. It is ideal for rugby games, with proven durability even after intensive use. This was also manufactured by SIS Pitches in their Cumbrian factory, and will be tested to meet World Rugby Standards.
Rugger 65 incorporates top of the range yarn, MN Ultra from Scottish firm Bonar Yarns, who are a key supplier to SIS Pitches.
Bryn Lee, Commercial Director at Bonar Yarns, commented:
Rosslyn Park is one of the oldest clubs in the country and now becomes one of the first to embrace 3G synthetic turf technology. In choosing SIS Pitches’ product Rugger 65, which incorporates Bonar Yarns MN Ultra fibre for the grass, Rosslyn Park have opted for a market-leading system designed for a fast paced game of rugby.
No doubt the League One side, plus the other teams throughout one of London’s largest clubs, will relish the new pitch.
Rosslyn Park wanted to convert its grass rugby pitch into an artificial playing pitch on its main site to increase activity across its membership and the local community.
The new artificial pitch forms part of a whole club development project titled ‘Securing the club’s future’, which also includes new shower and toilet facilities, new fencing and improvements to the bar and catering facilities.
Shaun Justice, Managing Director for Rosslyn Park, said:
We are very excited about the new pitch currently being installed by SIS Pitches. Replacing the grass pitch and training area with an artificial 3G pitch facility will allow the club to significantly increase playing time, activity levels and access, benefitting all playing and non-playing sections of the club.
Use of the 3G pitch will also be offered to the wider Wandsworth community, an area deprived of good quality outdoor pitches.
Final works to complete the project at Rosslyn Park’s rugby club ground should take another few weeks, and the new pitch will be ready in plenty of time for the new rugby season starting in September.
SIS Pitches will also be working with another National League one team over the summer, with a new 3G pitch also being installed for Loughborough University.