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Rugby tournament organiser ‘confident’ about National Stadium pitch

The organiser of the inaugural Rugby World Club 10s says he does not expect any problems with playing on the new National Stadium’s hybrid surface turf.

SINGAPORE: The organiser of the inaugural Rugby World Club 10s said on Wednesday (June 11) he is confident that the pitch at the new National Stadium will be in good condition when the tournament starts next week.

Jon Phelps, Managing Director of Carinat Sports Marketing, said he does not expect any problems with playing on the hybrid surface turf.

The National Stadium at the Singapore Sports Hub is the first in Asia to use the Desso GrassMaster, a reinforced quality grass, for its playing surface. It involves injecting 100 per cent natural grass with artificial fibres 18cm into the ground at every 2cm across the pitch – or about 114 million protective fibres to anchor the turf. The pitch will undergo a final assessment on Thursday.

The annual tournament, involving eight elite professional clubs from around the world, is the first sports event to kick off at the new 55,000-seater National Stadium on June 21.  

The draw for the tournament for the eight participating teams was held on Wednesday. The New Zealand Blues, the Biarritz Olympique from France, the London Welsh, and the Samoa National Team have been drawn in group A, while the Australian Brumbies, the Cardiff Blues from the UK, the Italian Petrarca Welsh and the Dragons from the Asia-Pacific region have been drawn in group B.

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