Pictures of the first strips of Saracens' new artificial pitch being laid at the Allianz Park Stadium in Barnet

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Brand new artificial turf is being rolled out at Saracens' new stadium at Allianz Park in Barnet.

The Men in Black will be the first professional rugby union club in the world to play on an entirely artificial pitch and the club hope it will pioneer a faster, safer and more entertaining brand of rugby.

The first of the four metre-wide strips has now been laid, with both the try line and the dead ball line permanently marked.

Allianz Park will be officially opened on Saturday, February 16, when Saracens play hosts to Exeter Chiefs.

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