Kingsholm will join Leicester Tigers’ Welford Road in using a hybrid playing surface

Gloucester will install a hybrid pitch at Kingsholm at the end of the 2017-18 season instead of an artificial surface after consulting players and staff.

The Premiership club is to invest £1m in the replacement pitch together with new bonuses for non-playing staff.

“The best commercial option would have been to opt for an all-weather surface,” chief executive Stephen Vaughan told the club website.