NOTTINGHAM Rugby chief executive Simon Beatham says
player safety is the overriding concern when it comes to the state
of playing surfaces in the RFU Championship.
SAFETY FIRST: St
Peter ground at Jersey was deemed unplayable.
The Green and Whites clash at Jersey was postponed at the
weekend, less than 90 minutes before kick-off at St Peter, with the
match referee deeming the ground unplayable.
Beatham said: "We are desperately disappointed for everyone
connected with Nottingham and Jersey rugby clubs that the game
could not go ahead as scheduled," Beatham said.
"The last scenario that you want to find yourself in is the one
with pressure mounting on you to get the game on for all the wrong
reasons, when the only reason that actually matters is the safety
"To make the decision 90 minutes before a game, when corporate
guests are already seated and fans are coming through the gates, is
not when you want to make a decision like that."
Nearly 150 Nottingham supporters made the trip to watch the
Green and Whites in action on the Channel Islands for the first
Following the postponement, fans were invited to a reception
with players and coaching staff with the club thanking them for
their commitment on the road.
Nottingham Rugby has also announced today that all fans that
made the trip to the island can claim two free tickets for this
Sunday's (February 24) British and Irish Cup clash against
Llandovery at Meadow Lane Stadium.
"We have tremendous support wherever we go and I really feel for
those fans that followed us to Jersey in anticipation of watching
an historic clash," Beatham said.
"There is nothing we can do about the game that didn't go ahead
in Jersey, but we can get right behind the boys as they take on
Llandovery for a place in the quarter-finals of the cup."