Rebels happy with AAMI Park


Melbourne Rebels are satisfied with the condition of the AAMI Park surface and will face Stormers at the venue as scheduled.

The surface was heavily criticised after England's Test win over Australia on June 18, with questions raised over its safety during scrums.

Some resurfacing will be required to improve durability after the Melbourne & Olympic Parks Trust (MOPT) contracted a turf expert.

Rebels are happy with the decision and said they would take on Stormers at the venue on July 2, as scheduled.

"We're pleased to confirm we will host the Stormers at our home ground AAMI Park next weekend, following the undertakings of MOPT in consultation with an independent turf expert and practical testing of the new turf under live scrum conditions," Rebels general manager rugby operations Baden Stephenson said.

"We are comfortable that MOPT and the stadium's management have taken the necessary actions to ensure the pitch performs to a Super Rugby standard thereby protecting the safety and wellbeing of our rugby players.

"The review process included consultation with the Melbourne Rebels, Australian Rugby Union (ARU), Rugby Union Players Association (RUPA) and SANZAAR senior management."

Rebels have won six of their 12 games in the Australasian Group this season, while Stormers are flying high in the South African Group.