ADVERTISEMENT

Sopoaga shows horrific effects of 4G pitch

BY Jack Tunney  ·  Monday Mar 27, 2023

There is currently a huge emphasis on improving the pace of rugby. Ruck speed and the quality of the pitches, in particular, have seen major improvements in recent times.

ADVERTISEMENT

The introduction of 4G pitches is one such innovation that has allowed the speed of ball to increase dramatically over recent seasons, with many premiership sides adopting the new surface. The synthetic grass is not only a dream for groundskeepers due to the minimal maintenance required, but also for rugby speedsters as they make use of the spongy ground and the cleanness of ball.

The 4G surface is generally a 50-65mm long pile, non-abrasive carpet system, carefully in-filled with recycled rubber to replicate natural turf. Underneath is a pad designed for firmness, yet capable of absorbing impact when a player falls under a heavy tackle.

The problem that many professional and amateur players face when playing on this new surface, however, are the severe burns that can appear after playing. Caused by scraping bare and lightly covered skin along the surface during a tackle or in the act of scoring a try, these burns can take weeks to heal.

Former Scotland lock Jim Hamilton has stressed the importance of looking after players on these surfaces:

“4G pitches need to go or we have to have fully covered protection for the players. And not just leggings. The best premiership pitch is Franklin’s gardens. (Grass)”

Comments




Related Articles

  • 9 WEEKS AGO

    Bristol Bears break 20-year record with victory...

  • 9 WEEKS AGO

    All Blacks star Jordie Barrett discusses...

  • 9 WEEKS AGO

    Gloucester's next 'Rees-Zammit' scores incredible...



ADVERTISEMENT

Great Tries

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    Bordeaux prop scores the ultimate front row try in the Top 14

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    Northampton Saints youngster George Hendy seals the Premiership title

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    Springbok centre tears it up in the Top 14 for a crucial hattrick

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    English winger leaves defenders in his dust for long range score in Top 14

  • 11 WEEKS AGO

    Five of the best tries from the Investec Champions Cup

View All

Big Hits & Dirty Play

  • 5 HOURS AGO

    England enforcer's tour could be over following red card vs Japan

  • 3 DAYS AGO

    Pitch invader melted in thunderous tackle

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: Bath's Beno Obano shown red in the Premiership final

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    World Player of the Year BANNED heading into Paris Olympics following horror challenge during Madrid SVNS

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    Debate surrounding ludicrous rugby league tackle leaves union fans baffled

View All

See It To Believe It

  • 3 DAYS AGO

    Pitch invader melted in thunderous tackle

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    Leinster prospect pulls off outlandish footballing skills in URC quarterfinal

  • 8 WEEKS AGO

    Danny care binned for high tackle on Courtney Lawes

  • 8 WEEKS AGO

    Wild start at Twickenham as Quins pull off another wonder-try

  • 11 WEEKS AGO

    Tickets now on sale as World XV set to face France in thrilling encounter

View All

Funnies

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    Former French star's 'tackle of the season attempt' goes viral

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: Hilarious interaction between Simon Zebo and journalist

  • 7 WEEKS AGO

    Nick David unexpectedly shows up to semi final in full kit

  • 9 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: The worst camera angle in rugby history

  • 10 WEEKS AGO

    Louis Rees-Zammit's real reason for NFL move exposed

View All

Amateur

  • 75 WEEKS AGO

    You Won’t See Many Better Than This Silky-Smooth Try From Llandovery RFC

  • 76 WEEKS AGO

    Incredible Scenes As Caldy RFC Hand Ealing First Championship Defeat Of The Season

  • 99 WEEKS AGO

    Dubious Score Decides Result Of Rugby's Biggest Schools Fixture

  • 99 WEEKS AGO

    Incredible Scenes At School Boys Rugby Match

  • 99 WEEKS AGO

    The Next Dominant Backrow?

View All

Player Features

  • 1 HOUR AGO

    The three standout players that drove England’s victory over Japan

  • 1 DAY AGO

    Shock recall for veteran fullback ahead of international tests

  • 4 DAYS AGO

    England announce starting XV for Japan test

  • 4 DAYS AGO

    Beauden Barrett returns to play for club side after 14 years

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    Andy Goode includes Joe Marler in his England XV to beat New Zealand on summer tour

View All