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Pulver slams AAMI Park surface

  • Pulver slams AAMI Park surface

    MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 17: Bill Pulver, CEO, ARU speaks during a 'Our Watch' media opportunity at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on June 17, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

Australian Rugby Union chief Bill Pulver has slammed the unstable playing surface at AAMI Park as below Test standard and threatened to tear up an agreement to play another match there next year if it doesn't improve.

In a major embarrassment for the ARU, and despite assurances from ground staff, the turf consistently tore up under the weight of scrums during England's 23-7 victory over the Wallabies on Saturday night.

Pulver revealed the ARU has an existing contract in place with AAMI Park to host a Test in 2017 but said it would be revisited if there is no satisfactory progress in the coming months.

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