After the conclusion of a very successful Rugby World cup Sevens in San Francisco, eyes now turn to the Queenstown Stadium in Singapore for the Asia Rugby Sevens Trophy 2018.
This year men’s tournament will feature thirteen teams and will be played on 4-5 August and not only give the winning team the opportunity to gain promotion to the Asia Rugby Sevens Series in 2019 but will also give the teams experience for the upcoming Asian Games.
Pool A is one of the toughest featuring top seed Thailand who were runners up in last year’s Trophy in Doha and they will be joined by Iran, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan.
Pool B sees the UAE team joined by Jordon, Nepal and the hosts for the Asian Games, Indonesia.
Hosts Singapore are the top seed in Pool C and after finishing fourth in Last year’s trophy have home field advantage this year. Last year the Singapore Rugby Union engaged the services of Gene tong to help advise and rejuvenate their High Performance programme so it will be interesting to see how they progress.
They will be joined by two South Asian teams Pakistan and Bangladesh with both unions doing a fantastic job In promoting rugby via the Asia 1 million and Get Into Rugby programmes.
Pool C has five teams with Brunei and Laos completing the lineup.
As Rugby is growing in Asia the level of the teams and competition is improving and the Asia Rugby Sevens Trophy is now a stepping stone for teams aspiring to join the ranks of top teams in the Asia Rugby Sevens Series and has become an integral part of the Asia Rugby calendar
if you are in Singapore watch the 35 thrilling matches At the Queenstown Stadium ENTRY IS FREE
Kids are not left out as there will be a bouncing castle and also exhibition U11s mini rugby matches giving the kids an opportunity to cheer on their peers