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London Broncos have been advised that the pitch at Griffin Park will not be available for the scheduled fixture against Huddersfield Giants on Sunday 22nd June.
The pitch has been under repair and maintenance for the past month and these works will not be finished in time for 22nd June fixture.
Rather than shift the game to another venue, the club has decided to postpone the home game against the Giants to another date. London and Huddersfield are currently in negotiations to confirm a new date for the game, and it is expected that this decision will be made public within seven days.
To accommodate for the pitch repairs, London Broncos arranged with the RFL to schedule a number of away games through this period and also scheduled this weekend's 'road game' in Wales.
When the Broncos do return to Griffin Park to play Hull FC on Saturday 5th July, it will be the start of a very busy month for Griffin Park and London rugby league fans.
The Bradford game, which was to be played on Monday 21st April, was postponed because the Bulls made it through to the Challenge Cup final, and will now be played at 8pm on Wednesday 30th July.
This busy schedule now presents an exciting month for London fans at Griffin Park with the visit of the 2002 Cup Champions (Wigan), the 2003 Cup Champions (Bradford), and the current Tetley's Super League Champions (St Helens), all visiting Brentford inside fourteen days.
It is likely that the Giants game will be played in August.
While this second unexpected rescheduling is a matter outside the Broncos control, CEO Nic Cartwright appreciates that some fans will face inevitable inconvenience: "It's not ideal but these are the cards that we have been dealt.
We just have to come up with a solution that is suitable to both clubs and obviously to the majority of fans."
We are constantly facing added challenges because we do not own our own ground. This is a classic example. Clubs that do have a stake in their own playing facility are certainly at an advantage."
It remains a key priority for this club to secure a permanent home, a ground that we do have a stake in, so as to avoid these types of variables outside our own control."
The second half of the season at Griffin Park is going to be something special."
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