Newcastle against Leeds called off
December 27, 2010
Newcastle's previous home game against Exeter was moved to Galashiels in Scotland © Getty Images
Newcastle's Aviva Premiership match against Leeds has been postponed due to a frozen pitch at Kingston Park.
The match had already been delayed by 24 hours in the hope that the pitch would become playable but, although up to 90% of the pitch had thawed out, there were still areas which were frozen and deemed unplayable.
Newcastle head coach Alan Tait and Leeds director of rugby Andy Key came to the decision along with referee Wayne Barnes on Monday morning. A date for the match will be set in the future.
Newcastle commercial director Mark Foster said: "Everyone has worked incredibly hard to get today's game to go ahead. We have consulted constantly with Premier Rugby, the independent contractors who have supplied the heated dome and local experts and have been positive throughout the last few days about getting the game played.
"But despite investing a lot of time and resource, unfortunately the weather has beaten us and the game has had to be postponed. I would like to thank all those who helped in trying to get the pitch fit for play today and we apologise to fans for the late notice."
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