After hosting the first Rugby World Club 10s last month, the National Stadium will be seeing another Singapore rugby first.
The Maori All Blacks will be taking on the Asia Pacific Dragons come 15 November for the final match of their Asian Tour.
Formerly known as the New Zealand All Blacks, this will be the first time the team will be playing here in Singapore.
The team’s latest tour will see them play Asian powerhouses Japan on 1 and 8 November before heading here to play the Asia Pacific Dragons coached by former All Blacks captain Tana Umaga.
"Playing in the magnificent new National Stadium in Singapore’s sports hub provides a fantastic venue for fans to really enjoy what will be a great exhibition of top rugby," said New Zealand Maori Rugby Board Chairman Wayne Peters.
According to Peters, Singapore and Southeast Asia are emerging markets for rugby and there have been interest in seeing the style of rugby the Maori All Blacks are famous for.
The Maoris will be taking on the Asia Pacific Dragons which is made up of the top players from Asia and the Pacific.
"This is a major step forward for the Dragons, and a great honour to have opportunity to play the Maori All Blacks in Singapore," said Jon Phelps of the Asia Pacific Dragons.
He added: "Having beaten Japan in Osaka in April this year, and competed in the World Club 10s, this is a huge match, and we look forward to the challenge. We will certainly be looking at assembling a strong squad, and the quality of rugby will be an outstanding spectacle for rugby fans in Asia, but exceptionally competitive."
Most recently, the new National Stadium hosted its first major sporting event, the World Club 10s. The two-day rugby festival saw almost 11,000 spectators at the event.
The inaugural World Club 10s featured eight professional rugby teams, boasting the likes of top international players such as Piri Weepu, who was part of New Zealand’s 2011 World Cup winning team.
In the upcoming months, the National Stadium will play host to an exhibition match between Italian Serie A champions Juventus and a Singapore selection side on 16 August.
Other than sporting events, the venue will also be used as a concert arena, with shows by Taiwanese pop star Jay Chou’s Opus II concert (8 November). British boyband One Direction, who will be in Singapore for the first time, are slated to play at the stadium on 11 March 2015.
New Zealand Maori All Blacks v Asia Pacific Dragons | Date: 15 November | Time: TBC | Venue: National Stadium, Singapore Sports Hub | Tickets: TBC