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Wembley 'trying to offer best pitch'

11/12/2008 01:34:33 PM Comments (0)

Wembley Stadium officials responded to concerns by Australian rugby officials by saying on Wednesday they are always trying to provide the best pitch to play on.

The Australian Rugby Union (ARU) is investigating whether Wembley's playing surface had anything to do with serious injuries to Wallabies props Matt Dunning and Sekope Kepu when they played there against the Barbarians last week.

Following a collapsed scrum, Dunning ruptured his Achilles and was ruled out for the entire Super 14 season, while Kepu tore a pectoral muscle and wasn't likely to make the start of the Waratah's campaign.

The ARU players' association, on the advice of players, was worried the field may have been unstable, though Wallabies management did not make an official complaint.

"It is always unfortunate to see injuries in any game and our sympathies go out to the players concerned," a Wembley spokesperson told the British Press Association.

"Both teams trained on the pitch the day before the game and were familiar with the playing surface.

"In addition, 3,000 juniors took part in six hours of nonstop rugby before kickoff.

"We are a multipurpose venue and will always endeavour to provide the best possible playing surface for all events at Wembley."

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