Frozen out: Treviso host Gloucester at training ground as temperatures plummet

The European Challenge Cup match between Benetton Treviso and Gloucester has been moved to the Italian club's training ground after the pitch at Stadio Comunale Monigo was deemed unplayable.

Freezing conditions had earlier led to the match being postponed after referee Thomas Charabas took issue with a patch of ice which had formed despite the pitch being covered overnight.

Competition rules stipulate that Treviso would have to find an alternative venue for the fixture within 24 hours or face forfeiting the Pool A tie.

With conditions expected to worsen in northern Italy, the decision was taken to play the match at Treviso's training facility following discussions between the two clubs, European Professional Club Rugby representatives and local officials.

Images shared on social media show Gloucester analysts having to take up a position on top of a kit van ahead of the match, with no stands or seating available at the new venue, which is located around six kilometres from the stadium.

A Gloucester radio station also revealed they would be no longer be able to broadcast the fixture due to a lack of signal at the poorly equipped La Ghirada Sports Complex.

Meanwhile, Timisoara Saracens' clash with Stade Francais has been postponed due to a frozen pitch.

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