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I’m sure it will come as no surprise to you that following the weekend storms and the subsequent heavy rain and winds this week; we have sustained damage to the infrastructure at our rugby ground.
Following an inspection today, with specific risks assessments and health & safety surveys, we have regrettably had to make the decision that the ground infrastructure is unsafe to stage the game tomorrow with Newport RFC.
Roofing sheets to the stands have either become dislodged or fully blown off the structures, deeming the stands unsafe for the public. Following this, we have experienced ingress of water into the main stand causing significant damage to the ceilings and electrics to the medical room, changing rooms and boiler room, making the area hazardous and subsequently unsafe to use.
The south stand metal supporting structures have become unstable, with the fabric roofing sheets tearing away from the supports, causing this section to also become unsafe. In addition, we have experienced a backwash of sewerage into the toilets.
In view of these circumstances, it is in the interest of the safety of all concerned, that the game unfortunately cannot go ahead.
I hope that you appreciate our decision, taking into account the severe weather conditions that everyone has experienced over the recent weeks.
I have copied the referee’s department into this email; our Chairman will contact Newport RFC and advise them of the outcome.
Secretary Merthyr RFC