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Newcastle Falcons have joined the modern era of sport and have decided to establish a 3G pitch at Kingston Park to prevent their pitch being torn up on rainy days, as this may now be the way forward for Rugby.

Last season Kingston Park was known for their pitch being torn up easily and players complaining about the surface, especially during the winter, as the ground could be pulled to pieces especially during a scrum or a ruck.

This didn't help Peter Russell's men last season considering they finished second from bottom having only won three of their 22 games, avoiding relegation by one win.

But the question to be asked is why 3G is the way forward.

Astroturf similarities 

It is a similar resemblance to Astroturf, the ground considers mostly of sand and rubber as the thin layer is reliable and consistent, and Newcastle Falcons wouldn't be the first team to use 3G.

Saracens last season installed this surface into Allianz Park last season, and it worked well as the ground was kept in great condition and there was no complaints from the players about a cut up surface.

Richards champions 3G pitch

After it was confirmed that Newcastle would carry on the 3G trend, Newcastle's Director of Rugby Dean Richards stated to Sky Sports that this is an exciting time for the Tyneside club.

"Everyone associated with the club is extremely excited at the prospect of having a 3G pitch at Kingston Park." Dean Richards said. "The new surface will undoubtedly produce a more free-flowing entertaining style of rugby at Kingston Park.”

3G hasn't only been associated with Rugby, as Margate football club have also taken to a 3G pitch as it is easier to look after and with many lower league football games being called off, it is the ideal solution.

Looking ahead to next season

But now for The Falcons it is about looking forward into the new season, knowing now they don't have to worry about the condition of the pitch, it is about focusing on the team and bringing in fresh faces who could help Newcastle progress, as they have already taken advantage of this summer transfer period.

Peter Russell has brought in players like Rob Hawkins from Leicester Tigers, Joshua Furno of Barritz and Samoan brothers Alesana and Anitelea Tuilagi have joined for the new campaign.

This will be Newcastle's second season in the Premiership and there is no question they need to put up a stronger fight for this campaign considering London Welsh have been newly promoted from the RFU Championship.

3G is the way forward or most clubs, but there are teams within the Aviva Premiership who aren't fond of this new technological advancement, sticking to grass pitches, but in the long run of a gruelling season 3G could be the answer for clubs with suffering facilities.

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