Asian Rugby Football Union

Asian Rugby Football Union

Asian Rugby Football Union
Formation 1968
Type Sports federation
Headquarters Hong Kong
Membership 29 unions
President Adisak Hemyoo

The Asian Rugby Football Union (ARFU) is the governing body of rugby union in Asia under the authority of the World Rugby. Founded in 1968 by eight charter nations, the Union today has 29 member unions in countries across Asia, stretching from Kazakhstan to Guam.

The aim of ARFU is: "to raise physical and moral standards in Asia by education in the healthy pursuit of Rugby Football and to promote friendship among Asian countries."


The ARFU supports regional and pan-Asian tournaments including the newly founded Asian Five Nations competition, women's, men's, and under 19's tournaments in sevens and fifteen-a-side rugby.

Asian Sevens Series

The Asian Sevens Series is like the HSBC Sevens World Series, but at a regional level.[1][2][3]

Member Unions

ARFU(Asia) Rankings
Top 15 Rankings as of 31 March 2014[4]
Rank Change* Team Points WR
1 Japan 72.06 13
2 South Korea 58.10 23
3 Hong Kong 56.35 25
4 Sri Lanka 49.66 40
5 Kazakhstan 48.11 45
6 Singapore 44.54 55
7 Philippines 44.09 57
8 Chinese Taipei 43.41 58
9 Thailand 43.37 59
10 China 40.73 66
11 Malaysia 40.20 70
12 India 39.37 75
13 Pakistan 38.38 77
14 Indonesia 30.00 97
14 United Arab Emirates 30.00 97
Based on the IRB World Ranking

There are 27 member unions

17 Unions are full World Rugby members
6 Unions are associate World Rugby members
6 Unions are not affiliated with World Rugby
  • Afghanistan
  • Nepal
Note: The Arabian Gulf Rugby Football Union was split up in 2011. It comprised the UAE, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Oman. The new governing body for the UAE, the United Arab Emirates Rugby Association, is already active and has its own national team. UAE became the 100th full member of World Rugby in November 2012.[5] The other countries have not yet joined the ARFU.

ARFU officers

  • President: Adisak Hemyoo, Thailand
  • Vice President:
  • Honorary Secretary General: Ross Mitchell, Hong Kong
  • Treasurer: Dermot Agnew, Hong Kong
  • World Rugby Representative:Jamie Scott
  • Executive Committee:

(Officers are ex officio members of the EXCO)

(Jarrad Gallagher, World Rugby Development Officer for Asia)

See also


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  4. ^ "ARFU (Asia) Rankings". Retrieved 7 May 2012. 
  5. ^ "UAE become 100th full member of the IRB". RTE. 27 November 2012. Retrieved 28 November 2012. 

External links

  • Official website