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Australian rugby team asked to leave 'disappointing' Edinburgh uni pitch

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Former Australian Rugby captain, Stephen Moore, described Edinburgh University’s Peffermill rugby pitch as “probably one of the poorest surfaces I’ve ever seen”.

He added “we tried to do some drills on the side but it was very, very difficult… we had to do our best on the artificial surface”. 

Above: Peffermill playing fields play host to a range of different sports, usually for university teams.

The Aussies trained in Edinburgh’s Pleasance Gym earlier this week and planned to make use of the pitch also, but Moore told the Sydney Morning Herald the field was “disappointing”.

The team have been preparing for their match with Scotland, which will be played tomorrow, and rejected an offer to train at Murrayfield in order to avoid Scottish coaches watching their sessions.

Also in the Sydney Morning Herald was the shocking news that the professional players were asked to leave the pitch early in order to preserve the pitch for Edinburgh University’s own team. They take on rivals Durham tomorrow.

Moore will be playing his final game of Test rugby come Saturday and Scotland coach, Gregor Townsend, argues that he’s been “a brilliant player and captain for the team” and that he believes not only Moore but the whole team, will be chomping at the bit finish their tour well and give him a good send-off.

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