Wynne Gray is a Herald columnist

Melbourne turf war looms ahead of England tour

A general view of the surface of AAMI park after large divots of turf were ripped up during a scrum. photo / Getty
A general view of the surface of AAMI park after large divots of turf were ripped up during a scrum. photo / Getty

Don't forget the images of AAMI groundstaff repairing enormous divots during the Hurricanes visit to the Rebels home ground in Melbourne.

Don't dismiss comments from Hurricanes skipper Dane Coles and coach Chris Boyd who labelled the surface "dangerous" and "not good enough" because that criticism will turn into wailing from England when they play the Wallabies there.

Don't think the issues have bypassed Eddie Jones, two months ahead of his side's June 18 second test clash at AAMI with the Wallabies.

AAMI is the rectangular 30,000 capacity home for league, rugby and football tenants in the sports-centric city.

Turf peeled away as scrums collapsed and Hurricanes wing Julian Savea tripped over the displaced divots as the Rebels ran in a try.

AAMI will be under siege again on Friday when the Rebels host the Cheetahs before the Storm play the Warriors at the same venue on Anzac Monday.

The Victory, Rebels twice and the Storm play at AAMI before the ground and staff get a fortnight to recover for the second test against England.

- NZ Herald

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