RaboDirect PRO12: Edinburgh switch Ospreys clash to protect Murrayfield pitch

Last Updated: 05/02/14 2:43pm

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Murrayfield: Pitch has suffered from parasitic infection

Murrayfield: Pitch has suffered from parasitic infection

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Edinburgh have moved a RaboDirect PRO12 match with the Ospreys to Boroughmuir to protect the Murrayfield pitch.

The playing surface - which has been hit with a parasitic infection which damaged the roots - has caused concerns ahead of England's visit this weekend for the Calcutta Cup match.

Sections of the English media has dubbed Murrayfield "Maggotfield" because of the Nematode problem which has led to the pitch cutting up badly.

Edinburgh were due to play the Ospreys before Scotland's home match with France but they have switched it to Meggetland, the home of Boroughmuir, on 28 February.

Edinburgh Rugby managing director David Davies said: "Everyone at the club is really excited about this temporary move to Meggetland.

"We've taken a lot of time and care to select the best venue for this fixture and that limits the inconvenience to our fans. We're working hard to make the most of this opportunity to pack out the stands with black and red.

"Pre-sales and season ticket memberships mean that the ground - which can hold about 3,000 - is already at 85 per cent of capacity, so we urge all fans to buy their tickets early and guarantee their place at this great opportunity to cheer on the club at close quarters."

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