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‘I was embarrassed, I’m not happy’

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The AAMI Park playing surface earned the ire of the ARU boss.Pulver was angry about the scenes that unfolded at the Melbourne venue, where scrums repeatedly ripped up the AAMI Park turf and exposed huge sandy holes.The same problem had been occurring all season during Melbourne Rebels games but AAMI Park officials had given Pulver and the media repeated assurances that the surface would be fixed for the Wallabies-England game.It wasn’t.Referee Craig Joubert expressed sympathy to the players during the game about the sub-standard state of the pitch.The AAMI Park playing surface earned the ire of the ARU boss.Source:Getty Images“To be perfectly honest I was embarrassed. It is supposed to be a world-class stadium and the surface was simply unsatisfactory,” Pulver said.“I was sitting next to the incoming chairman of World Rugby (Bill Beaumont) and it simply wasn’t adequate. We were lucky someone didn’t get injured. I am not at all happy about it.“We had been given an undertaking it would be very different to how it played earlier in the season and it simply wasn’t. I am extremely disappointed with the outcome.“There was so much about last night that was such a wonderful rugby experience.

“I still think it is a beautiful little stadium, we clearly favour rectangular stadia, we want to give our fans the best possible experience and we are pre…


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