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Hybrid turf at National Stadium will be ready for rugby tournament

Sandy patches still cover bits of the hybrid turf but the Singapore Sports Hub has given the assurance that the pitch will be ready.

SINGAPORE: The pitch at the new National Stadium is shaping up to be ready for the first event to be held there this weekend.

There were fears that the new grass would not be ready in time for the Rugby World Club 10s on June 21 and 22 as sandy patches still cover bits of the hybrid turf at the new National Stadium.

However, the Singapore Sports Hub has given the assurance that the pitch, which uses artificial fibres to anchor natural grass, will be ready.

Greg Gillin, Senior Director at Singapore Sports Hub, said: "The reason why we're not too concerned about the actual levels or the sand itself is because rugby is ball-carry sport.

"And the ball doesn't really interact with the surface too much, it's more of the players' boots. And by virtue of the fibres, we're very confident that the players will have lots of stability there."

Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Lawrence Wong said the Rugby Federation has done its checks for the rugby events.

He said: "The pitch will definitely progressively get better."

He added: "I'm sure when we have the Singapore Selection playing Juventus in August, you will see a much greener pitch. This is again part of the process of running in the facilities."

Mr Wong was speaking at an event to herald the return of Singapore football to the National Stadium.

Among those present to mark the occasion were three generations of Lions, including former midfielder Suria Murthi and current LionsXII striker Khairul Amri.

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