Newcastle United have reassured supporters that the St James Park pitch will be fine despite having had 90 rugby players running around on it over the course of the last week.

Saturday saw the final match of three take place in the rugby world cup, with Scotland taking on Samoa.

Some supporters had voiced their worries as Newcastle ground staff went onto the pitch during the match, when there were breaks, to do emergency running repairs.

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However, deputy head groundsman Andrew Tully explained why they were hands-on during the matches:

“That’s just what you have got to do, it is best that we were going on during the games, instead of rugby players stamping on divots, putting them back in upside down or anything like that.

“We were going on, tending to them properly and putting them back in the right way up, so they had more of a chance to recover.”

Fantastic on Sunday:

“It’s good, considering everything we expected from the rugby, at the end of the day it is a football pitch and not a rugby one, we are in the process of a quick turnaround to get it ready for football again at the weekend.

“The pitch hasn’t gone anywhere, it is still there, you have got the rugby markings and a bit of damage from the games, which is what we knew would happen and we will tend to throughout the week.

“Two games in two days of any sport is a lot for a pitch to take, it is just general wear in high traffic areas that we really have to tend to, by Sunday it will be looking fantastic.”