Ireland concerned by state of pitch for Rugby World Cup game with Samoa

Ireland have voiced concerns with the condition of this Hakatanomori Stadium pitch ahead of Saturday Pool A game with Samoa.
Scrum trainer Greg Feek revealed governing body Earth Rugby has contributed both Ireland and Samoaassurances that the pitch at the arena in Fukuoka remains safe for action.
Large swathes of this Hakatanomori Stadium possessions then again after France discharged the USA 33-9, were relaid over Canada in the wake of Italys 48-7 win.
Head coach Joe Schmidt appeared disappointed with the condition of the pitch in Irelands captains conduct on Friday.
Schmidt spent minutes analyzing problematic strips of turf, revealing places to both scrum trainer Feek and the head of operations Ger Carmody of Ireland.
You guys are pretty smart people, and also you would have seen the pitch stinks, said Feek.
They informed us in an email, both teams understand about it. We knew theyd needed to relay the pitch.
So we went out there, had a review and weve been given all the assurances by World Rugby that its safe to play and that is all we could ask for.
Obviously I dont wish to call anything or cause any more controversy at this point.
We only try to back the gamers, trust that the pitch is going to do its own job.
Were attempting to alleviate any issues if we were out there, but then its only a matter of wait and watch.
The referee will be mindful of it, and whats key is that the communication is there.
World Rugby has issued a statement.
We are confident in the integrity of the newest Fukuoka pitch for Ireland v Samoa, it read.
Together with stability and performance the vital factors, World Rugby and Japan Rugby 2019 took the choice to re-turf the playing surface following substantial wear due to the France v USA match following heavy rain as a result of Typhoon 17.
The primary driver was participant welfare.
The championship has dedicated nurseries where back-up turf is meticulously prepared in accordance with RWC standards.
While the appearance of the turf might not be ideal, as would be expected with a very current installment, were convinced the pitch will function superbly.
Scrum-specialist Feek admits where the pitch is tested at the weekend, the set-piece struggle could well be.
Asked whether scrummaging may prove the biggest difficulty, Feek continued:That is always my concern, whether or not its coaching or on the match pitch.
When it has to do with a static isometric place where theres a few big packs moving at it, youre always going to be attentive and ask these questions.
So weve only got to prepare our men as best we can but ensure the scrums remain up, not just for security but also for the match too.
Ireland must beat Samoa using a bonus-point to ensure safe passage to the World Cup quarter-finals.
Scotland Pool A fight against Japan at Yokohama on Sunday remains under threat of cancellation because of Super Typhoon Hagibis.
A cancellation there could see the match ruled a scoreless draw with the two teams. That will leave Ireland unable to leapfrog the pool to be topped by Japan , therefore a bonus-point triumph over Samoa would tee up a conflict with New Zealand.
With the joins in the sections of turf creating issues for ramble or footing studs, ireland grievance with the state of the pitch in Fukuoka revolves around player security.
Wing Keith Earls suggested the surface looks harder than it feels underfoot.
It does not look great, to be honest with you, but it is flat and rather firm, explained Earls.
It doesnt feel too bad to operate on. Its been inspected and deemed playable and thats how today, it felt out there.
It is definitely going to be the exact same for both teams, and well just need to get on with the job.

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