ISEKI continues to support RFU’s Rugby Groundsmen Connected scheme

Lucy Selfin Machinery & Mechanics

ISEKI UK & Ireland has supported the RFU's Rugby Groundsmen Connected scheme for six years by providing discounted maintenance equipment and attending educational events throughout the year, this is set to continue into 2020 and beyond.

Rugby Groundsmen Connected (RGC) is an easy access, two-way communication network between the RFU and rugby union groundsmen. It is the main communication channel for the RFU to provide information and advice to groundsmen and also has special offers and exclusive benefits for members. Rugby Groundsmen Connected and its partners are dedicated to supporting anybody that has any involvement in the turf maintenance of rugby pitches; complete novice to Premiership groundsmen.

Working with trusted industry suppliers, RGC has devised a rugby club pitch maintenance equipment package. The package is designed to meet the needs of rugby union clubs that aim to deliver a high quality pitch maintenance programme.

Commenting on the Rugby Groundsmen Connected equipment package John Clifford, ISEKI Sales Manager explained; "We offer a discounted rate to RFU Groundsmen Connected members for the ISEKI TM3267 tractor, chosen specifically as the ideal machine for rugby clubs, small enough to store in a container, lightweight, simple to use and powerful to run the other turf maintenance equipment available on the package. Our machinery has used been at the home of England Rugby; Twickenham Stadium for many years so you can rest assured the equipment is perfect for the demands turf maintenance requires to keep the pitches in perfect condition."

The TM3267 manual transmission tractor features an ISEKI clean burn 3 cylinder 25hp diesel engine that provides plenty of power for all tasks required around your club. It has a high comfort operator platform and easily operated controls allowing the operator to concentrate on the task in hand. Eight forward and eight reverse gears ensures selecting the right gear for the task is never a problem and with two auxiliary hydraulic outlets a full range of attachments can be used whether trailed or linkage mounted. Alternatively, should a higher horsepower tractor be required ISEKI can offer other products at a similar discounted rate to suit the requirements of each rugby club.

As part of the many benefits of being a registered member of the Rugby Groundsmen Connected is the ability to attend regional Pitch Maintenance Evenings held throughout the year supported by the RFU and the industry suppliers. Here members will receive presentations, demonstrations and advice from key personnel within the industry to help advise and assist them in their roles as groundsmen.

Anyone can register to join RFU Groundsmen Connected at no cost. Registration is by email to

Once signed up members will receive regular communications with advice, information and the opportunity to ask questions. Access to new and improved RFU Pitch Improvement Partnership maintenance contractors is also only available to clubs who have a groundsman registered with Rugby Groundsmen Connected. Members can also apply for RFU/RFF funding for pitch improvement projects.

ISEKI look forward to supporting this scheme further into 2020 and beyond, building relationships with the hardworking groundsmen, supporting them in their dedication to the sport and the turf maintenance required to keep the clubs playing all year round.

For further information on the full ISEKI range of Mowers and Tractors please visit or call 01473 599266 to discuss your requirements.