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Glasgow hope to install artificial pitch at Scotstoun

Glasgow have unveiled plans to install an artificial pitch at their Scotstoun home in time for the start of next season.

Warriors have endured serious problems with the drainage on their current grass surface in recent years.

Heavy rainfall forced the former Guinness Pro12 champions to cancel four games last season as the pitch failed to cope with the deluge.

The club were forced to stage three of those rearranged fixtures at Kilmarnock's Rugby Park and after being impressed by the 4G surface laid there, Warriors chiefs have now decided to introduce their own.

Councillors from Glasgow City Council - who own Scotstoun - will vote on the proposals this week.

The plans also include measures to improve athletics and rugby training facilities, create a new area for throwing events and improve the existing outdoor running track.

By opting to go artificial, Glasgow will follow the lead of Cardiff Blues, Saracens and Newcastle Falcons, and v eteran wing Sean Lamont has backed the decision.

He said: " We've played on Kilmarnock's pitch a few times and when its wet it's a great surface, especially for the style we want to play at Glasgow.

"We're all about fast, top-of-the-ground rugby so I think a synthetic pitch would be great."

The project will be funded by Glasgow City Council, Scottish Rugby and sportscotland, with work expected to be completed "ahead of the 2016/17 rugby season".

Warriors head coach Gregor Townsend added: "It's fantastic news that we're close to securing a brand new pitch at Scotstoun for next season.

"We've played a lot on the Cardiff Arms Park surface over the last few years and we enjoyed playing on the Rugby Park pitch last season.

"We aim to play high tempo rugby and this state-of-the-art artificial surface will help us produce a faster game."


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