Asia Rugby is the Regional Association of World Rugby, the governing body for the global Game. Asia Rugby members comprise National Governing Bodies (Unions) for Rugby.
Asia Rugby’s main roles are to:
- Ensure strong governance and domestic Rugby structures across the region;
- Provide appropriate international competitions for member unions enabling national teams to develop their pathways to elite world competitions; and
- Inspire and assist our unions to grow the game, with a particular focus on youth; health; welfare; and life success;
The originally named Asian Rugby Football Union (ARFU) was founded in 1968 and now has 34 member unions across the length and breadth of the continent. Participation, together with the number of competitions over the past decade, has increased significantly, with now over 30 rugby events taking place each year.
The men’s 15’s Asia Rugby Championship (ARC), began in 1969 as the Asian Rugby Football Tournament (ARFT), and was, at that time, one of the oldest international Rugby tournaments in the World. The highly respected, ground-breaking, Asia Rugby Sevens Series (ARSS) is held over 3 legs and features the best 8 men’s and women’s teams in the Region. The ARSS is supported by the Asia Rugby Sevens Trophy series which incorporates promotion and relegation. In addition, Asia Rugby also stages Age Grade competitions for male and female players.
Asia comprises 60% of the world’s population and 80% of the world’s youth. In 2015, our member unions contributed 7.5% of the World Rugby playing population (539,669 of 7.23 million).
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