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Oct 13, 2014

Dunga wary of Brazil injuries on sandy Singapore surface

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Singapore’s sandy pitch heightens the risk of injuries and the lack of grass makes passing football difficult, Brazil coach Dunga said on Monday ahead of their friendly against Asian champions Japan.

The surface at the National Stadium, the centre piece of Singapore’s $1 billion Sports Hub complex, has been heavily criticised as ground staff struggle in the tropical climate amid the different demands of various concerts and sporting events.

Oct 13, 2014

Soccer-Dunga wary of Brazil injuries on sandy Singapore surface

SINGAPORE, Oct 13 (Reuters) – Singapore’s sandy pitch heightens the risk of injuries and the lack of grass makes passing football difficult, Brazil coach Dunga said on Monday ahead of their friendly against Asian champions Japan.

The surface at the National Stadium, the centre piece of Singapore’s $1 billion Sports Hub complex, has been heavily criticised as ground staff struggle in the tropical climate amid the different demands of various concerts and sporting events.

Oct 13, 2014

New Zealand Maori fixture in Singapore under threat

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – The New Zealand Maori’s non-cap rugby test against the invitational Asia Pacific Dragons in Singapore next month is in doubt as the hosts battle to repair a problematic pitch at their new National Stadium.

The surface was laid in May but lacked an appropriate bedding period and has been re-seeded four times, staff said on Monday, as they try to cope with the demands of hosting so many different events in a tropical climate.

Oct 13, 2014

Rugby-New Zealand Maori fixture in Singapore under threat

SINGAPORE, Oct 13 (Reuters) – The New Zealand Maori’s non-cap rugby test against the invitational Asia Pacific Dragons in Singapore next month is in doubt as the hosts battle to repair a problematic pitch at their new National Stadium.

The surface was laid in May but lacked an appropriate bedding period and has been re-seeded four times, staff said on Monday, as they try to cope with the demands of hosting so many different events in a tropical climate.

Oct 10, 2014

Singapore wants to host British Lions, tests and sevens

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Singapore is in discussions on staging a British and Irish Lions tour match, international tests and a leg of the rugby sevens series at its new $1 billion (620.04 million pounds) Sports Hub as part of efforts to become a ‘home away from home’ for the sport’s biggest names.

International Rugby Board officials gathered in the wealthy Southeast Asian city-state this week for their annual meeting, with IRB President Bernard Lapasset leading the praise of Singapore’s new 55,000 National Stadium.

Oct 10, 2014

Rugby-Singapore wants to host British Lions, tests and sevens

SINGAPORE, Oct 10 (Reuters) – Singapore is in discussions on staging a British and Irish Lions tour match, international tests and a leg of the rugby sevens series at its new $1 billion Sports Hub as part of efforts to become a ‘home away from home’ for the sport’s biggest names.

International Rugby Board officials gathered in the wealthy Southeast Asian city-state this week for their annual meeting, with IRB President Bernard Lapasset leading the praise of Singapore’s new 55,000 National Stadium.

Oct 10, 2014

Brazil’s Samba Boys set for Singapore sand

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Singapore’s plan to boost its international profile by staging a glamour football friendly between Brazil and Japan could backfire due to the appalling state of the playing surface at the centrepiece of the city-state’s $1 billion (620.04 million pounds) Sports Hub.

A sell-out crowd is expected at the 55,000-seat retractable roof National Stadium to watch the five-times world champions play the Asian Cup winners on Tuesday.

Oct 10, 2014

Soccer-Brazil’s Samba Boys set for Singapore sand

SINGAPORE, Oct 10 (Reuters) – Singapore’s plan to boost its international profile by staging a glamour football friendly between Brazil and Japan could backfire due to the appalling state of the playing surface at the centrepiece of the city-state’s $1 billion Sports Hub.

A sell-out crowd is expected at the 55,000-seat retractable roof National Stadium to watch the five-times world champions play the Asian Cup winners on Tuesday.

Oct 8, 2014

Rugby-Japan would host Super Rugby matches in Singapore – IRB

SINGAPORE, Oct 8 (Reuters) – Japan appear to have moved ahead in the race to become the 18th Super Rugby side by offering to host matches at the home of rivals bidders Singapore to negate concerns about long travel times from South Africa.

The considerably longer journey was believed to be Japan’s main stumbling block in their bid to edge out Singapore and join the Southern Hemisphere competition in 2016 along with South Africa’s Southern Kings and an Argentine based team.

Oct 3, 2014

Quartet complete WTA Finals lineup after rivals lose

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Eugenie Bouchard, Agnieszka Radwanska, Caroline Wozniacki and Ana Ivanovic have completed the lineup for the WTA Finals in Singapore later this month after their closest challengers were knocked out early at the China Open.

Germany’s Angelique Kerber and Ekaterina Makarova of Russia lost in the third round in Beijing on Thursday to send the quartet through to the Oct. 20-26 tournament alongside Serena Williams, Simona Halep, Maria Sharapova and Petra Kvitova.