Rugby: National women's team's match against Hong Kong to proceed at National Stadium

Members of the Singapore women's rugby team, undergoing training at the Yio Chu Kang Stadium on March 17, 2015.
Members of the Singapore women's rugby team, undergoing training at the Yio Chu Kang Stadium on March 17, 2015. PHOTO: BERITA HARIAN FILE

The Singapore Rugby Union and Singapore Sports Hub have confirmed that the women's rugby International test match between Singapore and Hong Kong scheduled for May 14 at the National Stadium will proceed as planned.

Earlier, the field at the National Stadium attracted criticism following Tuesday's Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Cup game between Tampines Rovers and Selangor.

It appeared sandy and uneven in patches. However, an inspection had been carried out on Thursday and it has deemed the pitch fit for play.

Low Teo Ping, president of the Singapore Rugby Union, said: "We are very pleased that our Singaporean women's rugby team will have the chance to play in front of a home crowd in the curtain raiser ahead of the Super Rugby match on Saturday at the National Stadium.

"We are satisfied with the findings of the inspection carried out by match officials and the referees today which assures us of the integrity of the pitch, and has certified it fit for play. With this nod of approval from the authorities, we are confident that our home team as well as guests from abroadcan look forward to some great play on Saturday."

But he added that the pitch conditions remain far from expectations as it is set to host the Sunwolves-Stormers Super Rugby match on Saturday.

Low said: "While we are pleased that the pitch has passed the inspection, it does not mean that the pitch's quality commensurate with what a world class pitch standards should be."

Manu Sawhney, chief executive officer of the Singapore Sports Hub said: "I am glad that our National women's team will be kicking off their first international test match in two years, at the National Stadium. My colleagues and I all look forward to welcoming rugby fans and enthusiasts for a fitting final to the season of rugby at the Singapore Sports Hub."