Finding the perfect rugby posts can be difficult when you want to use them for multiple purposes, for various age groups and for different lengths of time. Follow this guide to understand how to choose the correct rugby post dimensions, post fixings and materials for your requirements.
Before getting into the finer details, we understand that you may want to speak to an expert about rugby posts. If this is the case, we encourage you to contact us by calling 01782 571719. Alternatively, continue scrolling through this insightful guide!
First of all, you must consider the following three things: post material, post fixings and post height.
Choosing The Right Post Material
At Stadia Sports, we offer rugby posts in a variety of materials. Therefore you can select a durable product to suit your budget.
The two main materials we use to manufacture our rugby posts are steel and aluminium.
Why Aluminium Rugby Posts?
Aluminium rugby posts are lightweight and have complete rust protection. This way, if they’re maintained correctly they will usually last longer than their steel alternative.
Plus, their considerable weight reduction compared to steel posts makes them ideal for manoeuvring; that is, you may need to move them around a pitch or to and from a store cupboard. However, movement is only possible when they’re built with hinged joints (as opposed to socketed).
Who uses aluminium rugby posts?
Aluminium rugby posts are suitable for both amateur and professional level rugby. Clubs with secure grounds or permanent pitches away from public use are recommended to opt for high quality aluminium posts to sure they withstand the elements and the test of time.
Why Steel Rugby Posts?
Steel rugby posts are usually zinc-plated. This protects them from rust as long as the zinc plating is maintained correctly and remains undamaged. Steel posts are heavier than aluminium alternatives and are therefore an excellent choice for amateur rugby teams due to their strength and the cost advantage they provide.
Who uses steel rugby posts?
Steel rugby posts are suitable for open spaces and parks as these require a slightly more robust material and usually a socketed fixing. This is largely due to the risks of potential misuse which is harder to cause using steel posts. Ultimately, this rugby post material is an even more durable option.
Choosing Your Rugby Post Fixings
Once you’ve chosen your rugby post material, it’s then onto the post fixings. The fixing will determine how your rugby goals will be socketed.
Whether or not the post can be removed depends on which fixing you choose. Your choice will also give you different levels or safety. Hence, selecting the right fixing is crucial, particularly for school or club use.
As a general rule, you should choose socketed rugby goals for safe installation. Permanent goals (or those that stay in place for prolonged periods) will have a standard socket set in concrete. You must then simply slot the post into the socket.
However, you will also find semi-permanent goals available; that’s because some require rugby posts which they will remove frequently. For certain clubs, they just prefer to have an easier way to erect the goals. This is done by adding a hinge adapter to the posts. This sits flush with the ground and allows the goals to move 90 degrees.
Good To Know: We also supply a Hinged Post Roller Assembly, replacement sockets and rugby post protectors for help with installing and protecting your post.
Choosing Your Rugby Post Dimensions
The final step is to choose your rugby post height. This is mainly governed by the type of use you expect from it. For example, you may require different dimensions for training from the dimensions you want for competitions. Other aspects of usage to consider include where the posts are being situated and, finally, the age group who will be using your goal posts.
1. Type of Use & Who’s Using Them
If you’re using your rugby posts for training at a junior school, you’ll no doubt choose rugby post dimensions that are slightly smaller. This will allow you to cater for youth players. At this level, you may wish to compromise on quality compared with tournament or match goal posts.
Alternatively, if your posts are for competitions at a club with a range of age groups, you’ll want rugby posts that are the standard senior dimensions.
2. How Often It’s Used & Where
Other contributing factors to the quality and dimensions of the rugby goal post you choose are: how often it will be used and where the posts will be situated.
For example, if you’re buying for a local leisure centre that uses the same pitch for both rugby and football, you might want to consider removable rugby posts. This will ensure that you can easily swap out your posts when desired.
Another option to consider is a combination goal post. This has goal posts for football underneath the actual rugby post. This is great for areas that require a post for multi-purposes, particularly if they have a strict budget. Our Samba Mini Combination Post is a popular choice.
For more information on what rugby post you need, get in touch with one of our friendly experts online or by calling 01782 571719. We invite you to inquire about any of our rugby posts or other rugby equipment.