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Re: Artificial pitches

Post by Iain D » Tue May 11, 2010 3:38 am

Having played rugby on a couple of them I agree that the impacts are fine (no worse than playing during the summer, as we do here). However, I've noticed many more knee ligament injuries on the artificial stuff than on real grass. Something to do with the extra grip...

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Re: Artificial pitches

Post by voice of the crumbie » Tue May 11, 2010 4:46 pm

Rugby should be played on grass. Ask Lawrence Dallaglio!! :smt005 :smt005

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Re: Artificial pitches

Post by Goffer3404 » Wed May 12, 2010 11:58 pm

The next thing will be that all stadia, wherever the team, should be in the same area of the country so the temperature is the same. Absolutely absurd idea.
What needs to be done is to ensure that the clubs maintain the GRASS pitch they have to an acceptable standard.
The beauty of the game, and the skill in playing it is to adapt to the conditions.
Would Iuean Evans' try, Jason Robinson's, been the same on one of these pitches suggested? As for the money, where is that going to come from?
Maybe all games should be played at Twickenham with the same officials!
Pathetic idea, administrators justifying their salaries by suggesting stupid changes. Education and the Health Service have had them for years!

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Re: Artificial pitches

Post by Kinoulton » Thu May 13, 2010 8:59 am

The variety of surfaces and weather conditions is all part of sport.

If it were not for these factors then what would golfers and cricketers have to talk about?

Of course pitches should be "safe" and playable, and maybe we don't want to return to the days when you couldn't tell two rugby teams apart due to the amount of mud they were all wearing. Although I did always find that highly amusing.

But a one-size-fits-all approach to pitches is yet another boring attempt to make rugby more boring.
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Re: Artificial pitches

Post by CJ » Thu May 13, 2010 1:42 pm

would an artificial pitch affect Wasps' ability to call a game off at a moment's notice?

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Re: Artificial pitches

Post by voice of the crumbie » Thu May 13, 2010 2:05 pm

Depends on whether they have brought their lawyer to the game to find a legal loophole.
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Re: Artificial pitches

Post by Skin_and_Muscle » Thu May 13, 2010 4:54 pm

Wasps will only contract players who are allergic to rubber!
(On a serious note, what about players who are allergic to rubber?)
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Re: Artificial pitches

Post by TigerAlex » Thu May 13, 2010 8:54 pm

I've hated rubbercrum ever since I tore my ACL during a training session on one of the pitches in a very innocuous way. I also played a game (one of two I've every played on the surface) on one and 5 minutes before the end, someone on my team badly injures their knee and ankle. It might be irrational, but I still hate it. It also hurts more to fall when you're tackled and does give you grazes unless you wear leggings and an undershirt. Further, running on it is much higher impact than running on mud. I know in dry conditions, pitches get hard, but in general, teams don't play on really solid, dry pitches all year round so the impact is not constant. Constantly playing on rubbercrum could increase injuries as a result and make things far more uncomfortable for any player who's had cartilage removed (which I would imagine is quite a few). I enjoy playing on soft mud far more than on rubbercrum.

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