Ireland’s Pitch For The Samoa Game Is Not In Good Condition As Worrying Video Emerges
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It’s been a difficult few days for World Rugby as Typhoon Hagabis gets set to do a number on Japan. England vs France and New Zealand vs Italy have already been called off with Scotland’s game against Japan also under threat.
Ireland’s game with Samoa was initially believed to be the biggest worry before the Typhoon shifted its course. That game is now set to go ahead but the pitch at the Fukuoka Hakatanomori Stadium isn’t actually in the best of shape.
A video has emerged of one of the Irish players pulling up the turf at the stadium and hiding a rugby ball underneath it to demonstrate just how bad it is.
“It doesn’t look great, to be honest with you,” said Keith Earls at this morning’s press conference at the stadium.
“But actually, out there, it’s flat and it’s quite firm and it doesn’t feel too bad to run on and, it’s been inspected and deemed playable and that’s how it felt out there today and, I’d suppose it’s going to be the same for both teams.”
— RugbyLAD (@RugbyLAD7) October 10, 2019
Ireland scrum coach says World Rugby have already warned the two teams about the state of the pitch.
“They told us in an email, both teams knew about it, we knew that they had to relay the pitch a bit, so we obviously went out there and had a bit of an inspection and we’ve been given all assurances by World Rugby that it’s safe to play on and that’s all we can ask for,” Feek said.
“We just try back the players and trust the pitch will do its job at this stage. So, we’re trying to alleviate any concerns while we’re out there but then it’s just a matter of wait and see. The referee will be aware of it, so that’s the key thing.”
The Ireland pitch for Samoa tomorrow. World rugby have just said “The pitch will perform superbly”
You can literally, place a ball under the turf!pic.twitter.com/2YCBEJFkjz
— Thomas Niblock (@thomasniblock) October 11, 2019