Bath Rugby’s EPCR Challenge Cup, Round 3 match against RC Toulon scheduled for today (Saturday 14 January) at the Recreation Ground has been postponed following a pitch and stadium safety inspection by the match referee, Chris Busby (Ireland), the Bath Rugby safety officer and officials from both clubs.

Due to heavy and persistent rainfall over recent days, the nearby River Avon has exceeded its bank-full capacity. The water level reduced yesterday (Friday), however, there was further significant rainfall overnight and the river level is currently rising alongside a high ground water level.

There has been flooding in and around entrances to venue and on the key approach routes to the stadium, particularly at the south end. There are up to eight inches of standing water in areas of the stadium, meaning it is not safe for supporters to attend.

The playing surface has also been deemed unplayable by the referee and officials from both Bath Rugby and RC Toulon due to standing water at the south end of the pitch.

Following the decision to postpone the match, a further update will be communicated as soon as possible.