Rugby is usually only played on long pile artificial grass surfaces. These are sand and rubber filled carpets with 65mm pile height and laid on a rubber shock pad. As rugby is a particularly high contact sport, player comfort and safety are very important.
In order to match the playing performance of natural grass, the carpets are tested and approved in accordance with the IRB regulations for artificial grass rugby surfaces.
As with all artificial grass surfaces maintenance should be carried out on a regular basis. Brushing of the surface will re-distribute and level the granules. Periodically the granules may require topping up as they migrate off the surface, being wind blown or removed by players in boots and clothing.
To reduce surface compaction, specialist maintenance equipment should be employed to reduce surface compaction and potential reduction in water drainage through the carpet. Perimeter areas may suffer from moss, algae and weeds. Regular chemical treatment will reduce their effects.