Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

New Pitch a Perfect Platform for Scots

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

New Pitch a Perfect Platform for Scots

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SCOTLAND wing Tommy Seymour insists the PS1.25m spent on the new BT Murrayfield pitch will be repaid in Test victories.

The Dark Blues found themselves bogged down at their Edinburgh home during this year's RBS Six Nations as a parasitic worm infestation turned the playing field into a muddy mess.

But the Scottish Rugby Union acted swiftly during the summer as they splashed out on the new Desso Grassmaster pitch - similar to that used by Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Arsenal, as well as at Twickenham and the Aviva Stadium. Scottish football champions Celtic were the first side to make use of the hybrid surface when they played two Champions League qualifiers at the home of Scottish rugby.

Now Seymour and the rest of the Scotland side will get their turn when they host Argentina in Saturday's opening autumn international.

And the Glasgow back believes the massive cost will prove to have been money well spent when Vern Cotter's side start winning on it.

"You would be stupid to say the new pitch doesn't improve our chances," he said. "It's a great surface. It looks fantastic. The first time I was on it was Friday and it was awesome to run on.

"The grass length is perfect and it looks like a really quick pitch. …

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