Rugby Rugby Australia gives Optus Stadium surface approval for Bledisloe...

Rugby Australia gives Optus Stadium surface approval for Bledisloe Cup clash


The Optus Stadium surface has been declared safe for the next month's history-making Bledisloe Cup Test.

Rugby Australia commissioned testing using state-of-the-art equipment ahead of the August 10 clash between the Wallabies and the All Blacks.

The assessment was carried out on June 28 and focused on surface hardness, traction, stability, grip and turf health.

"Overall, the surface at the time of our testing was considered to be very good condition and would meet our recommended standards for international standard rugby," the report by sports surface laboratory Labosport said.

Tests assessed the likelihood of concussion from a player's head hitting the ground and a player's shock absorption and energy recovery.

West Coast and Fremantle raised concerns about the hardness of the ground following a spate or injuries and the dockers have stopped training at the ground in the lead-up to home games.

The NRL asked for testing and small variations to the turf before last month's State of Origin II.

An RA spokesman said it was standard practice to carry out testing when using a stage for the first time.


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