Chairman funds new £500,000 pitch for Widnes Vikings

Rugby league club Widnes Vikings is to spend £500,000 on a new pitch from the firm that laid a swathe for England's opening Rugby World Cup match in New Zealand.

Vikings chairman Steve O'Connor is funding the project, which will be installed by landscape and pitch specialist J Mallinson, Ormskirk. The club will play and train on the artificial surface, which O'Connor also wants to be used for football, children's parties and corporate events.

Desso Sports Systems will supply the surface and the Vikings will manage it in partnership with Halton Borough Council.

England kicked-off their ill-fated world cup campaign in the Otago Stadium in Dunedin, where the pitch was also provided by Desso.

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