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New Japanese Super Rugby franchise the Sunwolves have been battling to adapt to Singapore’s heat and humidity ahead of their first Super Rugby game in their adopted home.

The Sunwolves will play half of their home matches in Singapore and the rest in Tokyo. The first of these three home matches in Singapore is this weekend when they face the Cheetahs.

“It’s a great stadium, we all had fun going through the captain’s run,” said captain Shota Horie through a translator.

“But it’s very hot weather here and we came from a very cold winter so we’re struggling a little bit there.”

Veteran lock Hitoshi Ono is particularly wary and revealed that he collapsed with heat stroke after playing in Singapore in 2010.

Horie captained the team in their Super Rugby opener two weeks ago and even scored their first ever try. He said that they had put place in special measures to counter-act the heat, which hit 35 degrees C (95 F) on Friday.

“On the flight, we’ve been moving around every two hours. We are hydating the first thing in the morning,” he said.

“We’d like to spend this afternoon walking around, not too much, just to get used to it.”

Sunwolves head coach Mark Hammett has however played down the conditions and said “It could be slippery because of the humidity but that could open up quite a wide-ranging type of game.

“There’s challenges whether you play hot, cold… You always try to play to that level of exhaustion, it doesn’t matter what the conditions are.”

Singapore is almost halfway between South Africa and the Sunwolves made a nearly eight-hour trip from Tokyo while the Cheetahs flew for 11 hours from Bloemfontein South Africa.

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