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Thomond Park pitch unplayable for Cork visit as Limerick are forced to postpone

Updated: Sunday, 06 Apr 2014 12:49 | Comments

Thomond Park is unable to host tomorrow night's game
Thomond Park is unable to host tomorrow night's game

The SSE Airtricity League Premier Division fixture between Limerick and Cork City on Monday has been postponed as the pitch at Thomond Park requires repair work following the Heineken Cup rugby match between Munster and Toulouse.

Because this work cannot be done in time to facilitate the playing of a midweek SSE Airtricity League fixture, the Limerick v Cork City match has had to be postponed.

A new date for the fixture will be announced in due course.

Limerick said in a statement: "Following Munster’s thrilling victory on Saturday afternoon an assessment of the pitch was undertaken; the high intensity of the rugby game has impacted the pitch in a number of areas. These areas require lengthy, expert attention.

"Unfortunately, despite a genuine willingness on the part of Thomond Park ground and operations staff to work significant additional hours ahead of Monday’s scheduled game, we had to collectively face the reality that the proximity of the Limerick FC match did not allow enough time to bring the surface to a safe standard.

"In the interest of the safety of both sets of players and in the interest of saving both sets of supporters unnecessary travel plans and cost, we sought an early decision from the FAI and are appreciative of their support and feedback over the weekend."

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