Blunder halts rugby match at new pitches
The first rugby fixture at new pitches in Inverness has been called off less than 24 hours before kick-off as it emerged the facilities were not ready.
Red-faced Highland Council officials were forced to abandon today’s match between Highland and Gordonians at the last minute because all the necessary paperwork on the clubhouse had not been signed off.
The embarrassing error has left club officials, players and coaches deeply disappointed at not being able to play at the new £4million development.
One Highland Rugby Club member said: “It’s massively disappointing for the whole club. We were all looking forward to this first game, but it’s not happening.”
The impressive clubhouse and 3G pitch was built after the club was relocated to accommodate the new Inverness West Link road.
The club was informed just after 4pm yesterday, though fears had been expressed by some earlier in the week that work would not be finished .
Colin Howell, Highland Council’s head of infrastructure, said: “Notwithstanding the efforts of the team, all the certification has not been fully signed off .It is really disappointing for everyone.”
TACKLED: Andy Little, chairman of Highland Rugby Club, at the new stadium