Singapore Gaining Momentum As Potential Host Of 18-Team Super Rugby Tournament
Singapore has "emerged as the favourite Asian contender to be included in an expanded 18-team Super Rugby competition," according to Bret Harris of THE AUSTRALIAN. Japan has "long been regarded as the logical Asian territory in any expanded Super Rugby competition," while Hong Kong, which hosts a "highly successful" int'l sevens tournament, has also been "seen as a strong candidate." Singapore, "it is understood," has "the edge as Super Rugby's Asian destination." While rugby is "not as strong in Singapore as it is in Japan and Hong Kong, there is a national competition." The "compelling case" for Singapore's inclusion, however, is the "construction of the Singapore Sports Hub, which will feature the 55,000-seat National Stadium." Singapore's bid for admission to Super Rugby is "also believed to be heavily backed financially, by the city-state, one of the world's leading commercial hubs" (THE AUSTRALIAN, 3/4).