Hstory Of Asia Rugby
The history of rugby in Asia dates back nearly as long as that in England, where the world’s first rugby football union, the RFU, was established in 1871. In 1879, the first Asian union was founded in the Ceylon, now Sri Lanka, RFU. Rugby was also being played in Hong Kong and Japan before the turn of the century. The game maintained its appeal through the post-colonial era and on 15 December, 1968, ARFU was founded with eight original members: Sri Lanka, Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand.
The Asian Rugby Football Tournament (ARFT) was established in 1969. It is the second oldest established international rugby tournament in the World. From 2009-2014 the tournament was called the Asian 5 Nations (A5N). From 2015, under ARFU’s new name of ‘Asia Rugby’, the tournament continues as the Asia Rugby Championship (ARC).
Asia has been represented at every Rugby World Cup since 1987 with Japan the only Asian team to have qualified for the competition. In 2009, Japan became the first Asian nation to be awarded the right to host the Rugby World Cup (in 2019).
Today, Asia Rugby spans a vast territory from Kazakhstan in the north to Indonesia in the south and Lebanon in the west to Guam in the east. with a total of 31 members
|1969||Tokyo||5||Japan||South Korea||Hong Kong|
|1972||Hong Kong||7||Japan||Hong Kong|
|1974||Colombo||8||Japan||Sri Lanka||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||Chinese Taipei|
|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||Chinese Taipei|
|2002||Bangkok||11||South Korea||Japan||Hong Kong|
|2004||Hong Kong||12||Japan||South Korea||Hong Kong|