Is it a case of Plastic Fantastic?

Newcastle’s transformation under Dean Richards has earned them many plaudits but could their decision to install an artificial pitch at their Kingston Park home be just as pivotal in their resurgence?

Statistics can of course be a little misleading but the Falcons’ 18-try tally after seven Premiership home games this season compares very favorably with the six they had scored at the same point last season.

There is nothing artificial about Falcons’ form but is  there a lesson for their Premiership rivals and the game as a whole? Spare a thought for the Falcons, Saracens and Cardiff Blues as grass pitches in the northern hemisphere start to show the effects of winter in the next few months.

Mike Miles

Ground Force

I recently went to see London Irish play Leicester at the Madjeski.An enjoyable game and day out,but the thought occurred that London Irish really need a brand-new stadium, where the club can be a focal point rather than a little brother of Reading F.C.

Crowds have held up well despite the recession  but surely it is time that every Premiership club bought into the imperative that they own their own grounds- and retain the profits of the gate,bars,car parks, food, and also the weddings ,parties and conferences.For reference,look at Sandy Park,Exeter.

So how about a quick start to the rebuilding of the Recreation Ground. And we need a new Wasps stadium. Adams Park is in part an excellent ground but the capacity is too small, the access to the ground id abysmal, and the rugby club does not keep any of the proceeds.