Korea v Hong Kong, With less than 48 hours to go until the third match of the Asia Rugby Championship, Korea and Hong Kong’s side have been named.
Both coaches have named strong starting XVs for the all-important ARC match to be played at the Namdong Asiad Stadium in Incheon.
It will be the 24th meeting between the two sides, with the visitors currently on a five match winning streak.
Despite winning their last five and Korea’s last victory a 33-26 victory in 2015 at the Hong Kong Football Club, the hosts have won 12 of the previous 23 meetings.
Hong Kong head coach Leigh Jones makes just one changes from the side that beat Malaysia with Kyle Sullivan replacing Jamie Pincott at lock.
For the hosts Choi Chanryul makes two changes, with Jinhyeok Kim coming in at outside centre and Sung Kun Cha at flanker.
With a place at Rugby World Cup 2019 still on offer for the winner of this year’s Asia Rugby Championship, this match could go a long way to determining who will progress to the next phase of qualification – a home and away play-off against the Cook Islands.
“It would be a dream come true (to qualify for Rugby World Cup 2019),” said captain Jamie Cunningham.
“It would really put Hong Kong rugby on the map. A lot of our squad has given up a lot for this journey, putting in hours of hard work and huge sacrifices have been made along the way.
“So to be able to test ourselves against the best in the world will be a true indication of the effort we have all put in, and a testament to all involved.”
You can watch the match live on Asia Rugby’s Facebook page or this link: bit.ky/ARC-Live
Korea XV for Korea v Hong Kong
- Jae Bok Lee, 14. Jeong Min Jang, 13. Jinhyeok Kim, 12. Nam Uk Kim, 11. Jin Gu Kang, 10. Youn Hyung Oh, 9. Myung Jun Lee, 8. Yong Seung Lee (captain), 7. Seok Hwan Jang, 6. Hyun Soo Kim, 5. Jinseok Lee, 4. Ho Bum Kim, 3. Taehyeon Kang, 2. Jeep Kim, 1. Kwanyoung Na
Hong Kong XV for Malaysia v Hong Kong
- Jack Neville, 14. Salom Yiu Kam Shing, 13. Tyler Spitz, 12. Max Woodward, 11. Max Denmark, 10. Matthew Rosslee, 9. Liam Slatem, 8. Thomas Lamboley, 7. Toby Fenn, 6. Nicholas Hewson, 5. Kyle Sullivan, 4. James Cunningham (captain), 3. Dylan Rogers, 2. Ben Roberts, 1. Daniel Barlow