WALES TO MAKE DEBUT ON NEW MILLENNIUM STADIUM HYBRID PITCH

Wales are set to make their debut on the Millennium Stadium's new hybrid surface when they take on Australia in the Autumn Internationals.

The pitch, which has been under construction for the last 15 weeks following a decision to dispose of its troublesome natural turf, is now a mixture of grass and artificial fibres.

Complains over the quality of the playing surface over the last few years have led to the new part-artificial pitch, with the Welsh government stepping in to aid its £3.1million funding.

Wales will host Australia in Cardiff this Saturday, before three other Autumn International fixtures throughout November. The Millennium Stadium will also stage five games at next year’s Rugby World Cup.

Welsh Rugby Union chief executive Roger Lewis said: "The fans who attend matches will undoubtedly benefit from being able to watch games they know will flow at speed with players running across top quality turf."

Posted on 05/11/2014