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Huddersfield Giants Eorl Crabtree testimonial off

Eorl Crabtree
Crabtree signed a new five-year deal with the Giants last year

Huddersfield Giants prop Eorl Crabtree's testimonial match with Halifax on Sunday has been postponed.

Huddersfield hope to rearrange the game at some point but admit it may not be possible with both clubs having busy fixture schedules.

Giants managing director Richard Thewlis said: "We feel an early announcement gives all concerned time to make other arrangements.

"This trend to early cancellations seems to be mirrored in other sports."

England international Crabtree, 27, made his Giants debut in 2001 and has been with the club for his entire career, scoting 44 tries in 224 appearances.

Thewlis added: "It's with great sadness that we must make this announcement in conjunction with our stadium partners KSDL. They have worked tirelessly for days now to ensure we can go ahead and all we need is a break from the weather.

"The undersoil heating has been on and the pitch is soft (underneath) however given that verti-draining has been impossible under the conditions we have amounts of standing water that is frozen solid on the surface.

I will be speaking to Halifax about a possible rearrangement but they, like us, have other commitments to consider

Eorl Crabtree

"That coupled with the treacherous car park and walkways that we have around our 42-acre site make the situation unsafe for all concerned.

"The temperature on the pitch is expected to drop to nearly minus 10 over the next few days and will not rise above freezing at all prior to Sunday.

"I will be speaking to the Halifax club about a possible rearrangement but they, like us, have other commitments to consider and games already scheduled.

"Sadly too the long-term forecast is not good so it really may be the case that we are in the lap of the gods in respect of our planned trial games."



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