Orange's grounds too waterlogged for NRC

GROUNDED: Eagles captain Paddy Ryan and his side won't play at Orange.

GROUNDED: Eagles captain Paddy Ryan and his side won't play at Orange.

The central west will not host the NSW Country Eagles’ National Rugby Championship (NRC) clash against the Perth Spirit on Saturday, the game was officially moved from Orange on Thursday morning.

Endeavour Oval, the original venue, was scratched on Wednesday afternoon thanks to its condition and CSU Orange’s Ron Gordon Oval shaped as the 11th hour saviour, pending an inspection on Thursday morning.

But at about 10.20am on Thursday NSW Country Rugby Union (NSWCRU) president Barry Ruddy confirmed that ground wasn’t up to scratch either and the fixture is likely to be played at Sydney.

Simply, Ruddy said, Orange’s grounds are just far too wet, boggy and chopped up to safely host the nation’s second-tier domestic rugby competition, below Super Rugby.

“It’s very disappointing but you can’t control the weather so there is very little we can do about it,” Ruddy said.

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