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Re: Asian 5 Nations & Asian rugby discussion

Postby Canalina » Tue, 15 Sep 2020, 07:20

A resume of the asian unions status by Rugby Asia

Asia Rugby Full Members – World Rugby
China (1997)
Chinese Taipei (1988)
Guam (1998)
Hong Kong, China (1988)
India (1999)
Indonesia (2013)
Japan (1987)
Korea (1988)
Kazakhstan (1997)
Malaysia (1988)
Pakistan (2008)
Philippines (2008)
Singapore (1989)
Sri Lanka (1988)
Thailand (1989)
UAE (2011)
Uzbekistan (2014)

Asia Rugby Associate Members – World Rugby
Brunei (2013)
Iran (2011)
Jordan (2020)
Kyrgyzstan
Laos (2004)
Lebanon(2018)
Mongolia (2004)
Qatar (2020)

Asia Rugby Membership Full Members
Afghanistan
Bangladesh
Nepal
Syria

Asia Rugby Membership Associate Members
Iraq
Palestine
Macau
Saudi Arabia
Cambodia

PS: between the Asian WR associated members World Rugby, which confirms to have some issue with geography, lists also Algeria and Azerbaijan :)

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Re: Asian 5 Nations & Asian rugby discussion

Postby Canalina » Wed, 23 Sep 2020, 05:05

Iran Rugby concretized an idea I had since some time ago: a sort of Olympic Games with individual competitions based on rugby skills. "The first Combined Rugby Skills Challenge". The federation article doesn't give details but judging by the images on their social media there were competitions of speed race, of touch throwing, of tackling, of kicking to the posts. I would add (if they there were not already) competitions of precision in the pass, maybe of high kicks's ball catching...
This sort of games could seem a bit useless in normal times but it could result more meaningful and useful right during a social distancing period

Results...

Gentlemen
First: Moin Vahedi 20.96 points
Second: Ali Fadaeizadeh 23.20 points
Third: Mohammad Mehdi Ghamari 26.25 points

Women
First: Hanieh Kiani. 23.75 points
Second: Zeynab Khadempour 24.29 points
Third: Mehr Negar Farrokh Manesh 26.20 points

http://rugbyiran.ir/d.asp?id=103568

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Re: Asian 5 Nations & Asian rugby discussion

Postby Canalina » Thu, 15 Oct 2020, 10:02

From rugger.info, which is always laudably presenting a good range of infos: not just about eastern Europe but also about Tier I and minor nations

Indian national players will start collecting salaries
India has begun the transition from amateurs to professionals

The second most populous country on the planet has taken a step towards the introduction of professional rugby.
The government of Odisha (one of the states of the Indian Republic) has signed a sponsorship agreement with the Rugby Union of India. Under the terms of the contract, the men's and women's rugby and rugby-7 teams will be able to hold full-fledged training camps, and the players will receive wages.

For the leadership of Odisha, this is no longer the first aid to sports. In 2018, the state government sponsored the Indian field hockey team, providing the team with one of the country's largest stadiums, Kalinga.

As of October 2020, India is ranked 84th in the World Rugby rankings.

https://rugger.info/news/36605

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Re: Asian 5 Nations & Asian rugby discussion

Postby victorsra » Thu, 15 Oct 2020, 14:08

Awesome news. India is now in Asia's 4th division. It would prove decisive to go up in an mostly amateur continent. But we need to see how India grows in their U20s. There are many news about Tag rugby, but not many about contact rugby...

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