Four Nations 2016: Anfield to have pitch shortened for final over safety fears

New Zealand's Jesse Bromwich and Australia's Cameron Smith
New Zealand's Jesse Bromwich and Australia's Cameron Smith are set to captain the finalists
Four Nations 2016 Final - Australia v New Zealand
Venue: Anfield Date: Sunday, 20 November Kick-off: 14:30 GMT
Coverage: Live on BBC One, Connected TV, BBC Radio 5 live sports extra and online; Post-match forum on BBC Red Button from 16:40 GMT

Sunday's Four Nations final between Australia and New Zealand will be played on a shortened pitch at Anfield because of safety concerns.

The pitch will be nine metres shorter than the required 100-metre length.

"It's not going to make it any less a spectacle," said Australia coach Mal Meninga.

Australia's Brett Morris collided heavily with an end-of-field advertising hoarding during the 2013 World Cup final at Old Trafford.

Earlier in that tournament, fellow Kangaroo Luke Lewis suffered a dislocated shoulder when his momentum took him into a hoarding at St Helens' Langtree Park ground.

The Anfield pitch will now have a five metre in-goal area and a further three-metre gap between the dead ball line and the perimeter fence.

"There's been concerns expressed before the tournament," tournament director Jon Dutton told the Sydney Morning Herald. "We're spending a bit of money to make sure health and safety isn't compromised.

"We've got some matting and and padding and we've also taken out the LED displays behind the goals."

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