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New playing surface for Welford Road

A new, fully natural turf pitch is being installed at Welford Road in time for the start of the season.

The Eclipse Turf System pitch will be in place for the home game against the Ospreys next Friday (August 26) following a significant investment by the club.
 
The previous top turf has been removed since the end of last season and improvements made to the drainage, while the club has also taken the opportunity to install a sprinkler system to assist the groundstaff in the maintenance of the new surface.
 
Developed and installed by Lincolnshire-based County Turf, the pitch features natural turf held together by a sub membrane.
 
Ged Glynn, head of rugby operations at the Tigers, said: “The previous pitch has served us very well but everything has its lifespan and the Board gave the go-ahead to replace it with a new surface.
 
“County Turf is a very well respected name within the industry with clients across the UK and elsewhere in Europe, and the Eclipse system produces a hard-wearing and very consistent surface which is obviously important to us.
 
“This is completely natural turf, which is what we prefer at Welford Road. The only artificial element is in the membrane beneath the surface which keeps the turf tight and stable and reduces the possibility of divets and damage.”
 
A section of turf was installed at the Oval Park training ground during last season to allow the playing and coaching staff to assess its credentials before getting the go-ahead to install the new pitch at Welford Road.