Otago's debut at new stadium postponed

Otago's first provincial rugby game at Dunedin's new $200 million covered Forsyth Barr Stadium, scheduled for tomorrow evening, has been postponed because of inclement weather.

The hosts were due to play Manawatu in round 10 of the competition, but their Turbos' flight out of Palmerston North was cancelled.

NZRU general manager professional rugby Neil Sorensen said they had worked with both the Otago and Manawatu Rugby Unions in an attempt for the match to go ahead as planned but were forced to delay the fixture.

"With adverse weather set to continue overnight across much of the South Island, it's become increasingly clear that Manawatu could still face problems getting into Dunedin in time to play the fixture," Sorensen said.

"This decision has not been made lightly. We have spent much of today in direct consultation with both teams, the MetService, Air New Zealand and SKY TV," he said.

The two teams will now play each other on August 30 at 7.35pm at the new stadium.

The national provincial rugby final for the championship division has also be moved on September 4 to accommodate the fixture rejig.



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