Plastic pitch to benefit game, says Newcastle Falcons lock MacLeod

Scottish lock forward Scott MacLeod says the new synthetic pitch that is set to be installed at Kingston Park ahead of the new season would be perfect for his running game.

Aviva Premiership Rugby Football Union club the Newcastle Falcons have announced plans to move forward with the installation of plastic pitches at their home ground amidst fears that it will cause injury problems for the players, but MacLeod doesn’t believe it will have any negative impact on his game.

The veteran Scotsman believes his game will benefit and there are plenty of players in the Falcons setup who will also benefit from the installation of the plastic pitches.
The former Edinburgh Rugby player said that he believes it would suit his game. The Newcastle Falcons announced last month that they plan to follow their intention of pursuing their plans to follow up their initial idea of having the artificial turf installed at the stadium.

MacLeod stated that he doesn’t think that the club is doing this to help him play better but he added that he is a skinny player and he needs to be out running the opponents across the pitch. Should the Falcons follow up their intention and install the pitches, they will be the second team in the Aviva Premiership after Saracens FC to have artificial turf on their home ground.

The London club installed the plastic pitches at their home in Allianz Park at the end of last season.

The 35 year old stated that should the Newcastle Falcons play a game where they keep the ball above the ground and have a wide and fast running game, then the whole team will benefit along with him.

Kingston Park will host the Premiership Rugby Sevens in August which could see the debut of the plastic pitch.