AS FAR as Robert Ellis is concerned, silence is golden!
The Huddersfield man who once took care of the turf at the Galpharm Stadium is now head groundsman at Croke Park, the magnificent Dublin arena where the England rugby union team will take on Ireland in Saturday's big Six Nations clash.
Thirteen days after history was made when Ireland were beaten by France in the first non-Gaelic games match to take place at Croke, Ellis's lovingly tended pitch will be in the spotlight once again.
And he's hoping for the same reaction from his bosses at the Gaelic Athletic Association, who own the historic 82,500-capacity stadium which is the fourth-largest sports venue in Europe, and the big shots at the Irish Rugby Union.
"They said nothing after the France game, which I took to be a good sign," smiles Ellis, who was back in Huddersfield last weekend to watch Town take on Brentford and the Giants play Hull KR on the surface he helped looked after for 12 years before moving to Dublin four years ago.
The GAA were impressed with Ellis's work at what was then the McAlpine Stadium, which has the same Desso (part synthetic) pitch system as Croke, and made the father of two (he's married to Lisa and has children Matthew, 14, and Autumn, 11) an offer he simply couldn't refuse.
At that time, Croke hosted only Gaelic football and hurling, with 25 days of action each year.
Then came the controversial vote to end the strict legislation which forbade football or rugby taking place at the historic ground.
The thorny issue arose two years ago, when it was announced that Lansdowne Road was to undergo a major redevelopment which is now under way.
Croke was the only other venue in the Republic of Ireland big enough to host international rugby and football, so it was throw open the doors to the non-Gaelic sports or see them head outside the country.
The upshot was that two rugby and four football internationals would take place this year.
Four major music concerts were thrown in for good measure, not that Ellis, who succeeded his father-in-law Raymond Chappell as groundsman at the McAlpine, was over-worried.
"Working at the McAlpine gave me a great grounding," he said.
"We always had soccer and rugby league, and for the 1999 World Cup, we had a number of big rugby union matches, so I became used to changing the pitch around.
"And at Croke, we have plenty of time to do it.
"At the McAlpine, we often had a Town match on a Saturday and a Giants game the day after, a situation which still exists!"
The biggest challenge for Ellis, who has three full-time assistants and can call on a firm for temporary help, is coping with the different posts and size of pitches required by rugby and football.
"Lansdowne Road had a spare set of posts for rugby. They're narrower than ours and a bit taller," he adds.
"Last October holes were dug as sockets for the posts, each a metre-and-a-half square, and a concrete block was inserted.
"You can't see those because there's six inches of turf on top for the GAA season, but we pop the posts into them.
"The plan is to use them for the football posts as well."
On the pitch sizes, Ellis, whose family are from Emley, explains: "A Gaelic football pitch is big - 86 metres by 144.
"Rugby is 70 by 100 with a 10m in-goal area at each end, while football is like rugby but without the in-goals.
"We have plenty of room to play around with and we have put the rugby pitch fairly centrally, so there is plenty of space for line-outs!
"It's not like Lansdowne Road, where people in the crowd could virtually lean over and touch the man throwing the ball in!
"The feeling is like that at a major European stadium, where there is a running track around the pitch."