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    Out of curiosity anyone know have they tried any scrums ruck or mauls on that surface yet?Just wondering cause I have read nothing about it anywhere.
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    Plenty of rucks but no mauls.
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      Common sense dictates that a practice game or two must be played in Croker before we and France risk our best players on a possibly dangerous surface.


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        #4


        Ah but this is Ireland OD, when have we ever let common sense get in the way of a good oul' farce?


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          [img]smileys/lol.gif[/img]The GAA stated that here was nothing wrong with the new surface- It was players not wearing the correct studs that was causing them to slip , slide & away all over the place. WRONG- terrible surface- if it cuts up like Millenium Stadium we is in trouble


          The GAA said it was making every effort to prevent pitch invasions onto the playing surface- Do they ever watch that "foreign" Game being played on the South side and see that a ring of stewards with that plastic netting will probably do the job neatly w/o anyone getting hurt by TITS ( Thugs In T-Shirts) aka stewards. WRONG again


          A practice game is badly needed as a tester- Any level of Rugby.

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            #6
            Player safety, over age old tradition.....never! [img]smileys/confused.gif[/img]
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              #7


              Apart from the surface being sidestep-averse especially when wet, it is also said to be rock hard when dry, which would not augur well fro the sort of contact injuries likely to happen in rugby.


              We may yet come to regret playing there. Hopefully with some run-outs and judicious 'compromise rules' turf management, it'll be fine...

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                #8
                The pitch situation is under review at the moment and Nicky Brennan hasn't ruled out ripping it up and re-laying it.
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                  #9
                  Jeeze folks, this would make you a little bit apprehensive. A bit it'll be alright on the day.[img]smileys/doubt.gif[/img]
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                    Originally posted by Chief
                    The pitch situation is under review at the moment and Nicky Brennan hasn't ruled out ripping it up and re-laying it.




                    Presumably that's for GAA reasons rather than out of concern for our rugby players - and it will hardly happen in Dec-Jan.
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                      Originally posted by Old Dog


                      Originally posted by Chief
                      The pitch situation is under review at the moment and Nicky Brennan hasn't ruled out ripping it up and re-laying it.




                      Presumably that's for GAA reasons rather than out of concern for our rugby players - and it will hardly happen in Dec-Jan.


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                        #12
                        To be honest, I don't think it will be much of an issue for the time of year the rugby will be played. People are basing their fears on the assumption that the pitch will be the same in winter and spring as it is in the summer. Don't forget the last couple of summers have had extensive dry spells which meant the pitch had to be watered. The combination of hard ground and slick surface made it difficult for players to keep their feet. They'll let the grass grow a bit, it'll p*ss rain all winter and the pitch will be grand. Failing that, Lansdowne Road will not have been touched by so much as a claw-hammer by then so they can play it there anyway.[img]smileys/wink.gif[/img]
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                          #13
                          Originally posted by Chief
                          To be honest, I don't think it will be much of an issue for the time of year the rugby will be played. People are basing their fears on the assumption that the pitch will be the same in winter and spring as it is in the summer. Don't forget the last couple of summers have had extensive dry spells which meant the pitch had to be watered. The combination of hard ground and slick surface made it difficult for players to keep their feet. They'll let the grass grow a bit, it'll p*ss rain all winter and the pitch will be grand. Failing that, Lansdowne Road will not have been touched by so much as a claw-hammer by then so they can play it there anyway.[img]smileys/wink.gif[/img]
                          I thought the problem was the geotextile the grass grows up through.Have any Rugby clubs anywhere a pitch with this type of construction?
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                              #15
                              cant be any worse than the millenium. that pitch is laid on metre sq pallets of sod that can actually move at scrum time. (as heard by the ref in wales opening AI match agin the Ozzies)
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