Rugby: Maori All Blacks to face Asia-Pac Dragons at National Stadium in November

New Zealand's All Blacks perform the "haka" before the kick off of their final rugby union test match against England at Waikato Stadium in Hamilton on June 21, 2014. The world-famous 'Haka' war cry will be heard in Singapore in November when th
New Zealand's All Blacks perform the "haka" before the kick off of their final rugby union test match against England at Waikato Stadium in Hamilton on June 21, 2014. The world-famous 'Haka' war cry will be heard in Singapore in November when the Maori All Blacks rugby team strut their talents as part of a three-city Asian tour. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

The world-famous 'Haka' war cry will be heard in Singapore in November when the Maori All Blacks rugby team strut their talents as part of a three-city Asian tour.

The Asia Pacific Dragons, an invitational side drawn from the region's top players, will provide the opposition at the new National Stadium in Kallang on November 15.

Matches against world No.10-ranked Japan in Kobe and Tokyo on Nov 1 and 8 will precede the glamour friendly at the 55,000-capacity venue.

The Maori All Blacks are comprised of the best New Zealand players of Maori descent - notable players in the past include full internationals Christian Cullen, Piri Weepu and Carlos Spencer. They have won 16 consecutive games since a loss to England at New Plymouth in 2003.

Singapore Rugby Union president Low Teo Ping said: "It will be a great opportunity for Singaporeans to catch world class rugby up live, and comes on the back of international tournaments such as the World Club 10s and the SCC International Rugby 7s. I am sure the entire rugby community in Singapore and the region are eager for this match up."

The Dragons, who are likely to fill Singapore's Super Rugby spot if the city wins the bidding to join the elite southern hemisphere series, are coached by former All Blacks captain Tana Umaga.

New Zealand Maori Rugby Board chairman Wayne Peters said: "Singapore, and the South-East Asian region, is an emerging market for rugby and we know there is a huge appetite there to see the exciting style of rugby the Maori All Blacks are famous for, against the 'home' team of the Asia Pacific Dragons.

"The Asia Pacific Dragons will also include several younger Asian players in a wider training squad which will provide them with valuable exposure to a professional rugby environment. It provides a great opportunity to further develop the game in that part of the world."