Glasgow Warriors explain why Perpignan clash moved to Murrayfield

Challenge Cup: An empty Murrayfield. Credit: Alamy

Glasgow Warriors chief executive Al Kellock has explained why his side’s Challenge Cup clash against Perpignan this weekend has been moved to Murrayfield.

Concerns center on freezing temperatures, which make it difficult for Glasgow to ‘maintain a safe surface’ at Scotstoun given the pitch is artificial.

Safety first

Thus, the decision was made to adhere to the regulations of the European Professional Club Rugby (EPCR) and to ensure the safety of the players.

Kellock has made the decision-making process clear and understands that the move, while necessary, is “less than ideal.”

“First of all, we were determined to get the game to take place at Scotstoun Stadium,” he said. “Since Sunday, a team of pitch professionals, including our own staff, BT Murrayfield’s ground crew and a team of local artificial turf specialists, CY Turf, have been working to thaw the pitch.

“Thanks to their efforts we had thawed the top layer and were able to maintain a thawed surface, however the sand below was more difficult to thaw and with the persistent cold weather it was simply not going to be possible to make the playable surface.

“Our next priority was to make sure we had an alternative solution that gave the game the best chance of moving forward.

“We have reviewed the options with the tournament organisers, and the decision we have reached ensures that the match can be played under EPCR competition rules and gives our players the best opportunity to play this important game in our EPCR Challenge Cup campaign.

Grateful for Murrayfield

“We are fortunate to have BT Murrayfield at our disposal, not just from a pitch perspective, but with the support of fellow Scottish rugby players who can help ensure a smooth transition to start the game logistically when of its distance from Scotstoun. .

“We understand that the solution to moving the game to BT Murrayfield is less than ideal, moving it away from our home town, with the ongoing train strikes and weather warning which is in place for the central belt on Friday.”

The club is sending two buses to take spectators to Murrayfield and will reimburse supporters who were unable to attend the game.

Glasgow will look to build on their 22-19 win over Bath in the Challenge Cup first round with another victory in the competition before resuming their United Rugby Championship campaign.

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