Barley Mow Posted July 13, 2021 Share Posted July 13, 2021 (edited) I've just been watching the highlights from the weekend and cannot work out why on earth the RFL let Newcastle play on a field marked with union markings. I first noticed this at the beginning of the season, had kept an eye on it over the weeks and was going to post about it a few weeks ago. Then for the Oldham game they seemed to have made some sort of effort and tried to paint the league markings alongside the union ones, so I didn't bother with the post. This week they were back to union only markings. The Newcastle union team's last home match seems to have been 5th June. 24 out of 36 clubs in the British/European professional/semi-pro pyramid share their facilities with teams playing another code of football. All except Newcastle have rugby league markings when they play. How can a second tier team be allowed to play on a field marked out for another sport? If the RFL knew this was the case from previous seasons, surely it should have been addressed before Newcastle were given the final Championship place? It is an artificial surface, so perhaps the union markings are permanent, but Widnes and both London clubs manage to have different markings for different sports on their artificial pitches. The artificial surface was installed at Kingston Park before Thunder relocated there, so if permanent union markings is the issue, the RFL should have been aware of it then. Kingston Park is to host three matches in the World Cup this year. Are they really going to be playing these on a field marked out for a different sport? If not and they will have league markings for the World Cup, why don't they for matches this season? Edited July 13, 2021 by Barley Mow 5 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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