Here is the advice we are most commonly asked about installing and maintaining an artificial turf field.
Use a Preferred Turf Producer:
World Rugby Preferred Turf Producers (PTPs) are artificial turf manufacturers, that World Rugby recognise as the most experienced and best providers of artificial surfaces for rugby.
Shop around for an Accredited Test Institute:
Installing an artificial surface can be costly. One way which you may be able to cut down costs is to shop around for your Accredited Test Institute (ATI), to carry out the testing of your surface. The closest ATI is not always the cheapest!
Factor the cost of testing into your budget:
Factoring the cost of testing into your procurement budget is very important. The average life of an artificial field is approximately 10 years, and for it to be possible to continue to play rugby on the surface it must be retested at least every 2 years (as per the requirements in the Rugby Turf Performance Specification) meaning that the field will need to be tested at least 5 times during its lifetime. Ask if testing costs can be built into your procurement agreement with your manufacturer.
If there are multiple artificial fields in the same area, get them tested at the same time:
One of the biggest costs for ATIs to test a field is for the travel of their technician and their equipment to perform the test. For this reason, it is much cheaper to get the fields in the same area tested all at once. If you have installed a field and need to get it tested, consider contacting other local owners or artificial pitches (not just rugby) to arrange a group test.
Have the sub-base tested before installation:
Underneath the artificial turf system sits the sub-base, which is the foundation. There can sometimes be issues with the sub-base that will cause the surface to fail its World Rugby compliance testing. These issues can be very costly to rectify after the surface has been installed. Because of this, World Rugby strongly recommend having the sub-base tested before the installation of a surface to reduce the risk of any issues arising.