Llanishen Rugby Football Club

Llanishen RFC is long established and successful community rugby club, based in north Cardiff, South Wales. The club enjoys a large membership, including 2 senior teams, a youth team and a 250 strong mini and junior section. Players range from 5 years old through to 39 years old, with the occasional veterans game inflating the average player age significantly!

For a number of financial and practical reasons Llanishen RFC decided to look at the option of a 3G pitch development at the heart of the community, and in partnership with Llanishen High School the decision was made to develop a state of the art community sports hub that benefited the club, school but as importantly the wider community as a whole allowing greater participation in multi-sports events and matches.

When it came to the pitch surface required, Llanishen RFC selected the Desso iQ Duo 60mm 3G synthetic grass surface . This provided a top quality surface for rugby, but also allowed other sports to use the surface to their satisfaction. Subsequently, the playing surface has been approved by the IRB (International Rugby Board) and FIFA. Opened in November 2018, the pitch has already attracted a wide range of local teams, and with the school activity during the school terms, the pitch is in constant use.

The site has also become a great attraction for touring rugby and football teams, as the quality of the facility and surface is high, as are the other on-site facilities. The other benefit to Llanishen RFC is that the renowned South Wales rain no longer causes matches to be cancelled.

The feedback to date has been phenomenal, with major users dubbing it the ‘premier artificial playing surface in South Wales’, and the players have also commented that they also enjoy the playing experience more, and not only because they aren’t as muddy! The new pitch and facilities mean that Llanishen RFC are well placed to become one of the premier clubs in the Cardiff area, and we look forward to the increase in membership that a facility of this nature will no doubt provide.


Desso systems to suit your rugby needs

From top level pro . Below are the products we recommend specifically for football use…



The iQ3 System has been developed using a unique diamond-profile fiber design for great resilience. iQ3 was created with strict adherence to the 3 pillars of fiber development – Polymer, Process and Geometry (PPG). The resulting, exceptionally resilient and soft monofilament fiber gives added durability and resilience so your field can perform at its optimum level.


    • Ridged diamond profile for enhanced durability
    • Extremely resilient fiber
    • Superb natural-grass aesthetics
    • Proprietary polymer technology



iQ3 Duo combines two state of the art fibers – premium monofilament fibers tufted together with a high durability slit-film fiber to give an excellent, balanced playing system. The profile and geometry of our monofilament fibers deliver superior resilience and durability; our multi-ridged monofilament fiber design makes the synthetic field look like natural grass. The structure of the slit film fiber makes it extremely longlasting and offers excellent infill encapsulation.


    • 2 Fiber system
    • Ridged fiber design makes the synthetic field look like natural grass
    • Excellent infill encapsulation and reduced splash