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Ireland's Euro 2016 training pitch was under water days before their arrival

The Stade de Montbauron will be ready to host the Boys in Green from today thanks to the efforts of ground staff, however.
Jun 9th 2016, 6:00 AM 5,565 1

IMG_7948 The Stade de Montbauron where Ireland will train looking in good condition yesterday.

Ben Blake reports from Versailles

IRELAND WILL TRAIN at their Euro 2016 base in Versailles for the first time this morning after arriving at Le Bourget airport from Dublin on Wednesday.

Situated two kilometres from the team’s luxurious four-star accommodation at the Trianon Palace, the 6,208-capacity Stade de Montbauron was chosen to host the Boys in Green during the tournament as they put the final preparations together ahead of group meetings with Sweden, Belgium and Italy.

The players and management staff had a walkabout at the ground yesterday evening, and the pitch appeared to be in relatively decent shape considering it was submerged in water as recently as six days ago.

And that is all down to the work put in by the ground staff.

Just last week, Paris and the surroundings areas were hit by the worst floods in 100 years due to five straight days of torrential rainfall — with the River Seine bursting its banks.

As a result, it left a groundsman hired by the FAI among others under enormous pressure to clear the water and ensure that there would be a surface fit for an international team ahead of this morning’s opening session.

Fortunately, they succeeded in doing so and a Uefa official said yesterday that he hopes the team are satisfied with the venue, before adding that he knows how highly assistant boss Roy Keane sets his standards.

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