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Bath statement: Challenge Cup match versus Toulon is off

By Liam Heagney
(Photo by Bob Bradford/CameraSport via Getty Images)

Bath have confirmed that Saturday’s European Challenge Cup game at home to Toulon is off due to flooding. The round three match was set to kick off at The Rec at 3:15pm but an 11am update from the club explained that the fixture was postponed.

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A tweet read: “Bath Rugby are required to postpone today’s fixture at The Rec following a pitch and stadium safety inspection after significant further rainfall overnight. A decision about when the game will be played will be announced as soon as possible.”

A follow-up statement explained: “Bath Rugby’s EPCR Challenge Cup match against Toulon on Saturday has been postponed following a pitch and stadium safety inspection by the referee, club safety officer and officials from both clubs.

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“Due to heavy and persistent rainfall over recent days, the River Avon has exceeded its bank-full capacity. The water level reduced on Friday. However, there was further significant rainfall overnight and the river level is currently rising alongside a high ground water level.

“There has been flooding in and around entrances to The Rec and on the key approach routes to the stadium, particularly at the south end of the stadium. There are up to eight inches of standing water in areas of the stadium, meaning it is not safe for supporters to attend.

“The pitch has also been deemed unplayable by the referee and club officials from both Bath and Toulon due to standing water at the south end of the field. For safety reasons, the club is therefore required to postpone today’s match.

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“Regarding ticketing for the rearranged match, please refrain from contacting Supporter Services. Communication will be shared as soon as possible. The situation is hugely disappointing. Bath Rugby apologises for any inconvenience caused.”

Bath had warned on Friday that the European fixture could be in jeopardy. At the time they said: “Bath Rugby is monitoring overnight rainfall and river levels, and in particular their impact on the riverside footpath. Currently, there is no change to the fixture against Toulon. The club will communicate with supporters by 10:00 on Saturday.”

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