ARFU Asian Rugby Championship

Asian Rugby Championship
Sport Rugby union
Instituted 1969
Inaugural season 1969
Ceased 2004
Replaced by ARFU Asian Rugby Series
Region Asia (ARFU)
Holders 2006)
Most titles Japan (15 titles)
Qualification Rugby world cup

The Asian Rugby Championship was an international rugby union competition held amongst Asian national rugby sides. The competition represented the highest tier of international rugby in Asia. The tournament began in 1969, and was later replaced in 2004 by the ARFU Asian Rugby Series.

The last edition of the tournament was scheduled to be played in Sri Lanka during November 2006, however, it was cancelled due to the political situation in the host country. The tournament for the title was transferred to Hong Kong and it became the final pool for the 2007 Rugby World Cup – Asia qualification teams, which involved Japan, Korea and Hong Kong.[1][2] The rest of the tournament ("Plate" and "Shield") was played one year later in Sri Lanka.

Tournament details

Year Venue Number of Teams Winner Runner-up Third
1969 Tokyo 5 Japan South Korea Hong Kong
1970 Bangkok 5 Japan South Korea
1972 Hong Kong 7 Japan Hong Kong Thailand
1974 Colombo 8 Japan Sri Lanka South Korea
1976 Tokyo 8 Japan South Korea
1978 Kuala Lumpur 7 Japan South Korea Singapore
1980 Taipei 8 Japan South Korea Hong Kong
1982 Singapore 8 South Korea Japan Hong Kong
1984 Fukuoka 8 Japan South Korea Taiwan
1986 Bangkok 8 South Korea Japan Thailand
1988 Hong Kong 8 South Korea Japan Hong Kong
1990 Colombo 8 South Korea Japan Hong Kong
1992 Hong Kong 8 Japan Hong Kong South Korea
1994 Kuala Lumpur 8 Japan South Korea Hong Kong
1996 Taipei 7 Japan South Korea Hong Kong
1998 Singapore 10 Japan South Korea Hong Kong
2000 Aomori 8 Japan South Korea Taiwan
2002 Bangkok 11 South Korea Japan Hong Kong
2004 Hong Kong 12 Japan South Korea Hong Kong
2006-07 Hong Kong/Colombo 12 Japan South Korea Hong Kong

External links

  • HSBC Asian Five Nations Home Page

Notes

  1. ^ * "Rugby World Cup Qualifiers, Asian Rugby tourney cancelled". oneindia news. 15 November 2006. Retrieved 29 July 2013. 
  2. ^ * "Disappointed rugby fans will have to wait". Si Lanka Sunday itines. 5 November 2006. Retrieved 29 July 2013.