Development of Rugby and Synthetic Turf in France

The development of “new generation” synthetic pitches is not something new in France; it has been going on since 2001. Today in France there are about 1800 synthetic pitches, which represents only 4% of all pitches in France. Although the development of synthetic pitches is continuously on the rise in France, it has to be recognized that they are more expensive to build than grass pitches, although they require a lot less maintenance. Another advantage is that they offer longer hours of utilization, as grass pitches are difficult to use when the ground is frozen or when they are waterlogged due to heavy rainfall periods. Moreover they also need “resting time”, which decreases even further the length of time during which they can be used.