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Re: Asian 5 Nations & Asian rugby discussion

Postby victorsra » Thu, 23 Jan 2020, 19:43

Hinato wrote:Les effectifs des 3 clubs corpos sud-coréens sont disponibles sur le site. A savoir:

Hyundai Glovis: https://www.asierugby.com/hyundai-glovis

KEPCO: https://www.asierugby.com/kepco

POSCO: https://www.asierugby.com/posco


Will you post results and standings of the Korean Championship? Would be great.

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Re: Asian 5 Nations & Asian rugby discussion

Postby Hinato » Thu, 23 Jan 2020, 20:32

Je le ferai (ce sera vers avril-mai) mais le championnat ne dure que 3 semaines!

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Re: Asian 5 Nations & Asian rugby discussion

Postby Canalina » Thu, 23 Jan 2020, 21:17

victorsra wrote:Yes, Philippines, Sri Lanka, UAE and Singapore. I suppose it is only incomplete the page.

By the way, why Philippines didn't replace Malaysia in the Championship?
They won Division 1 last year. I must have missed something: or a play-off between Malaysia and Philippines won by the malaysians, or a no-relegation rule in the Championship

Hinato wrote:Je le ferai (ce sera vers avril-mai) mais le championnat ne dure que 3 semaines!

:!:
And what they do during the rest of the year?

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Re: Asian 5 Nations & Asian rugby discussion

Postby Canalina » Thu, 23 Jan 2020, 21:39

Number of playing nations in ARC, from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asia_Rugby_Championship

1969 5
1970 7
1971
1972 7
1973
1974 8
1975
1976 8
1977
1978 7
1979
1980 8
1981
1982 8
1983
1984 8
1985
1986 8
1987
1988 8
1989
1990 8
1991
1992 8
1993
1994 8
1995
1996 7
1997
1998 10
1999
2000 8
2001
2002 11
2003
2004 12
2005
2006 3
2007 9
2008 22
2009 23
2010 21
2011 23
2012 24
2013 23
2014 24
2015 19
2016 19
2017 14
2018 19
2019 19
2020 ?

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Re: Asian 5 Nations & Asian rugby discussion

Postby Hinato » Thu, 23 Jan 2020, 22:07

Canalina wrote:
victorsra wrote:Yes, Philippines, Sri Lanka, UAE and Singapore. I suppose it is only incomplete the page.

By the way, why Philippines didn't replace Malaysia in the Championship?
They won Division 1 last year. I must have missed something: or a play-off between Malaysia and Philippines won by the malaysians, or a no-relegation rule in the Championship

Hinato wrote:Je le ferai (ce sera vers avril-mai) mais le championnat ne dure que 3 semaines!

:!:
And what they do during the rest of the year?


Des tournois secondaires: printemps, été, ceux à 7, etc...

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Re: Asian 5 Nations & Asian rugby discussion

Postby victorsra » Fri, 24 Jan 2020, 01:33

Oh ok, so there are multiple short 15-a-side competitions in Korea? How many matches in average a team like Hyundai play in one year?

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Re: Asian 5 Nations & Asian rugby discussion

Postby Hinato » Fri, 24 Jan 2020, 07:34

victorsra wrote:Oh ok, so there are multiple short 15-a-side competitions in Korea? How many matches in average a team like Hyundai play in one year?
La majorité de l'année (9/10 mois mais avec des coupures), en gros en dehors des matchs internationaux de la Corée du sud

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Re: Asian 5 Nations & Asian rugby discussion

Postby Thomas » Sun, 26 Jan 2020, 21:00

News released from Malaysia Rugby:

Details of FB Page

https://www.facebook.com/MalaysiaRugbyUnion

Today is the day. A glorious day.

Malaysia Rugby officially unveils the new National Rugby Stadium design, which will be built in Precinct 14, Putrajaya on a 6.47 hectare piece of land. The stadium will feature
2 fields for tournament and training with first-class facilities. Huge thanks to the Minister of Youth and Sports, KBS, National Sports Council and Putrajaya Holdings who have spared no effort in making this dream a reality.
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This is our future. This is our new home. A home that unites the whole country for the love rugby. Lets hope and pray everything will run smoothly without any major problems.
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Are you excited?


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Re: Asian 5 Nations & Asian rugby discussion

Postby victorsra » Sun, 26 Jan 2020, 22:14

That's great!

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Re: Asian 5 Nations & Asian rugby discussion

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Re: Asian 5 Nations & Asian rugby discussion

Postby Edgar » Thu, 13 Feb 2020, 17:30

Nice story about a Syrian refugee making it in the Welsh age-grades:

A 14-year-old Syrian refugee who had never heard of rugby is now the star player on his team in a small Welsh mining town.

Ayman Faki and his family escaped war-torn Syria seven years ago.

14-year-old Ayman Faki is a rising rugby star for his school and club.
A family of five, they lived in a tent in refugee camp in Turkey before finding a home in Ystradgynlais in South Wales through the Syrian Refugee Resettlement program.

Before his first sports lesson at his new school, the teenager had never heard of rugby before - now Ayman plays winger for both his club and school teams.

When presented with a rugby ball for the first time Ayman asked his teacher, "what's that?"

A pupil at Ysgol Maesydderwen, Ayman started out with his school team before joining Ystradgynlais RFC last summer.

Since then his rugby playing skills have gone from strength to strength.

The 14-year-old said: "Literally when I came here, Mr Thomas gave me a rugby ball and I was like 'what's that?'"

Before arriving in Wales, Ayman and his brother had only ever played football.

His teacher, Huw Thomas, said both the boys were "mad football fans" but soon embraced the country's national sport.

Rugby coach and pupil support officer Mr Thomas says young Ayman has "the heart of a lion" and got "stuck in" to the sport straight away.

"It's a game for all shapes and sizes, but it's a game for all backgrounds as well," Mr Thomas said.

"There's a brotherhood and there's a belonging which I think is important for anybody."


https://www.itv.com/news/2020-02-12/the ... Lb29Ck5wHE

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Re: Asian 5 Nations & Asian rugby discussion

Postby RugInt » Mon, 24 Feb 2020, 11:32

Asia Championship Div.2. Due to start on 26 Feb.

Nothing on Asia Rugby website. On calendar it states this tournament TBA
Nothing on Thai, Pakistani nor China web site from my search.

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Re: Asian 5 Nations & Asian rugby discussion

Postby antlat » Tue, 25 Feb 2020, 08:37

Update on the Asia Rugby Championships

Asia Championship Top 3
16.05.2020 South Korea vs Malaysia Incheon, KOR
30.05.2020 Malaysia vs South Korea Kuala Lumpur, MAS
06.06.2020 Hong Kong vs Malaysia Hong Kong, HKG
13.06.2020 Hong Kong vs South Korea Hong Kong, HKG
20.06.2020 Malaysia vs Hong Kong Kuala Lumpur, MAS
27.06.2020 South Korea vs Hong Kong Incheon, KOR

Championship Playoff (I think? match on calendar has no title)
??.11.2020 Asian Championship Top 3 Winner vs Japan A

Challenge Playoff
??.11.2020 Asian Championship Top 3 Last Place vs Winner Division 1

Division 1
29th April and 2nd May in Sri Lanka
Philippines
Singapore
Sri Lanka
United Arab Emirates

Division 2
Two dates in November
Thailand vs China Lahore, PAK
Pakistan vs Chinese Taipei Lahore, PAK

Division 3 West
8th April and 11th April in Amman or Aqaba, JOR
Jordan
Syria
Iran
Qatar
India

Division 3 Central
24th to 27th June in Bishkek, KYR
Kyrgyzstan
Uzbekistan
Kazakhstan
Mongolia (?????)

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Re: Asian 5 Nations & Asian rugby discussion

Postby Canalina » Sat, 29 Feb 2020, 10:00

All the Asia Rugby competitions until june 30 have been postponed to still undefined dates, due to the Covid19 outbreak

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Re: Asian 5 Nations & Asian rugby discussion

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Re: Asian 5 Nations & Asian rugby discussion

Postby Edgar » Tue, 24 Mar 2020, 09:39

A report on the Asia Rugby web-site today states that "71% of all global Get into Rugby numbers reported up to 29 February 2020 came from Asia Rugby unions." The program involved a total of 143,000 participants across the continent, 41% girls. Ten of the world's top 15 performers were Asian, in fact, including two nations yet to make their test debuts:

Bangladesh, with 170 million inhabitants, is the most populous nation never to have played international rugby. But it has gained affiliation to Rugby Asia and played sevens internationals, winning the Bowl competition at the 2018 regional championships. Nepal, the world’s 49th most populous nation with just under 30 million, is also affiliated to Rugby Asia and has played sevens internationals. It is the 10th most populated nation never to have played international rugby.

Asia Rugby member union continued to lead in participation numbers recorded through the Get Into Rugby Programme. Asia Rugby unions contributed 71% of the global GIR numbers.

The Asia Rugby family takes pride in the fact that 41% of the 143,000 participants are girls.

The statistics also show that the performance was a team effort with ten Asia Rugby unions among the top 15 global performers:

1. UAE, 2. India, 3. Pakistan, 5. Hong Kong, 6. Malaysia, 7. Bangladesh, 8. Indonesia, 11. Uzbekistan, 12. Nepal and 13. Sri Lanka.

https://www.asiarugby.com/2020/03/24/as ... y-numbers/

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Re: Asian 5 Nations & Asian rugby discussion

Postby Canalina » Mon, 13 Apr 2020, 07:45

Asia Rugby cancelled all the competitions fixed in the period february-june
https://www.asiarugby.com/2020/04/06/mi ... l-meeting/

So no Asia Championship this year, I suppose.
In the official calendar (https://www.asiarugby.com/calendar-2020/) there are still the Division 2 fixtures, marked as TBC, but it's likely that they will be cancelled too.
A doubt regards the women's tournament: it's also a qualifier to the World Cup and to the World Cup Qualifying Repechage, so I think they can't wait next year to play it

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Re: Asian 5 Nations & Asian rugby discussion

Postby Canalina » Thu, 21 May 2020, 17:35

(Dubai - Al Awadi Tiger)
Date: May 18, 2020
The Egyptian Rugby Federation asked to host the sixth edition of the Arab Championship, scheduled for next October, and Hossam Saheb, the president of the Federation, said: Egypt's success in hosting the fourth edition encourages the Federation to request to host the new version, which we seek to establish in Alexandria. The Arab Federation for the game, headed by Qais Al-Dhalaei, is studying the general health situation with the relevant authorities, before deciding whether to establish the championship.


Considering that it covers the belt with less rugby in the World (North Africa, African Horn, Middle East, as in the map below) and that it is a sort of bridge between Rugby Africa and Asia Rugby, Arab Rugby seems a potentially precious federation

https://www.facebook.com/Arab-Rugby-1423205524655404/

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Re: Asian 5 Nations & Asian rugby discussion

Postby Canalina » Wed, 03 Jun 2020, 20:39

Asia Rugby cancelled all the competitions programed between the beginning of July and the end of September.
The destiny of the competitions in program in the last quarter of the year (oct/nov/dec) will be defined by August 1

https://www.asiarugby.com/2020/06/03/as ... petitions/

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Re: Asian 5 Nations & Asian rugby discussion

Postby Canalina » Fri, 05 Jun 2020, 10:39

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Resume of the decisions taken so far to front the pandemic...

Africa: all the 2020 competitions cancelled

Asia: all the events till the end of september cancelled. By the beginning of august a decision about the last three months of the year will be taken

Europe: cancelled the men's XV, men's 7s and women's 7s conferences, plus the women's XV trophy. Cancelled also all the U20 and U18 competitions. Still to be played twelve games between REC championship, REC trophy and women championship.
A new update was promised for the beginning of may but it still hasn't appeared

North America: cancelled the 2020 XV men's championship, senior and U19, plus the women 10s championship. Still in calendar the 7s championships, to be played in september

South America: cancelled the first edition of the Super Liga for clubs and the first (?) edition of the ARC U20. Still in program the ARC and the ARCh. No traces of the Mayor B and Mayor C: are they still existing?

Oceania: no defined news from this continent, as far as I know, but the competitions are suspended also over there

World: WR has cancelled the U20 World Cup, but all the rest is still in a limbo, I think

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Re: Asian 5 Nations & Asian rugby discussion

Postby Canalina » Tue, 09 Jun 2020, 19:29

Despite the sanitary situation still worrying in the area and despite the decision by Asia Rugby to suspend all the games at least until october, Sri Lanka Rugby decided to start the training of the main three national teams, yet making them adhering to safety and medical procedures dictated by the Ministry of Health. To note that apparently there are not western expats (just a Kevin Dixon as possible one) and that there are neither srilankan players from abroad

The provisional Men’s XV squad
Kandy SC: Charles Praveen, Lasitha Aththanagoda, Yakoob Ali, Damith Dissanayake, Mohamed Shabeer, Jason Dissanayaka, Tharindu Chathuranga, Buwanaka Udangamwa, Roshan Weerathtne, Nigel Ratwatte, Tarinda Ratwatte, Buddhima Piyarathana, Kavindu Perera, Dansha Dayan and Shehan Pathiranan.
Havelock SC: Charana Chamikara, Azmeer Fajudeen, Umesh Madushan, Shawket Lahir, Dayan Sabar, Vimukthi Rahul, Theekshana Dissanayaka and Faiz Abdulla.
Police SC: Danushka Edirisooriya, Lahiru Pavithra, Rasith Silva, Mohan Wimalarathne, Udara Sooriyapperuma, Wageesha Weerasinghe, Iroshan Silva and Sachith Silva.
CR & FC: Omalka Gunarathne, Rahul De Silva, Kalindu Nandila, Dinuk Amarasinghe, Reeza Rafaideen, Janidu Dilshan, Mursheed Zubair and Kavin Dixon.
Army SC: Danuka Wijethilake, Sudaraka Dikkumbura, Chameera Silva, Chamath Fernando and Ashan Bandara.
Navy SC: Adeesha Weerathunga and Chathura Senavirathne
CH & FC: Jason Melder and Samuel Maduwantha
Air Force SC: Imesh Appnso

The provisional Men’s 7s squad
Air Force SC: Ravindu Hettiarachchi
Police SC: Iroshan Silva and Sachith Silva
Army SC: Sudharaka Dikkumbure
CH & FC: Sudam Sooriyaarachchi, Waren Weerakoon, Thuwan Suhail and Hinusha Sampath
Havelock SC: Raveen Fernando and Kavinda Keshan
Navy SC: Adeesha Weerathunga and Chathura Senavirathne,
Kandy SC: Buddima Piyarathna, Danush Dayan, Jasan Dissanayaka, Kavindu Perera, Srinath Sooriyabandara and Tharinda Ratwattwe
CR & FC: Dinuk Amerasinghe, Gamunu Chethiya, Janidu Dilshan, Kevin Dixon, Reeza Raffaideen, Omalka Gunaratne, Thulaib Hassen, Zuabir Doray and Kalindu Nandila
Wesley College: Samuel Ogbebor

Plus the 7s women squad

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Re: Asian 5 Nations & Asian rugby discussion

Postby gibbs » Thu, 11 Jun 2020, 09:05

Canalina wrote:Despite the sanitary situation still worrying in the area and despite the decision by Asia Rugby to suspend all the games at least until october, Sri Lanka Rugby decided to start the training of the main three national teams, yet making them adhering to safety and medical procedures dictated by the Ministry of Health. To note that apparently there are not western expats (just a Kevin Dixon as possible one) and that there are neither srilankan players from abroad

The provisional Men’s XV squad
Kandy SC: Charles Praveen, Lasitha Aththanagoda, Yakoob Ali, Damith Dissanayake, Mohamed Shabeer, Jason Dissanayaka, Tharindu Chathuranga, Buwanaka Udangamwa, Roshan Weerathtne, Nigel Ratwatte, Tarinda Ratwatte, Buddhima Piyarathana, Kavindu Perera, Dansha Dayan and Shehan Pathiranan.
Havelock SC: Charana Chamikara, Azmeer Fajudeen, Umesh Madushan, Shawket Lahir, Dayan Sabar, Vimukthi Rahul, Theekshana Dissanayaka and Faiz Abdulla.
Police SC: Danushka Edirisooriya, Lahiru Pavithra, Rasith Silva, Mohan Wimalarathne, Udara Sooriyapperuma, Wageesha Weerasinghe, Iroshan Silva and Sachith Silva.
CR & FC: Omalka Gunarathne, Rahul De Silva, Kalindu Nandila, Dinuk Amarasinghe, Reeza Rafaideen, Janidu Dilshan, Mursheed Zubair and Kavin Dixon.
Army SC: Danuka Wijethilake, Sudaraka Dikkumbura, Chameera Silva, Chamath Fernando and Ashan Bandara.
Navy SC: Adeesha Weerathunga and Chathura Senavirathne
CH & FC: Jason Melder and Samuel Maduwantha
Air Force SC: Imesh Apponso

The provisional Men’s 7s squad
Air Force SC: Ravindu Hettiarachchi
Police SC: Iroshan Silva and Sachith Silva
Army SC: Sudharaka Dikkumbure
CH & FC: Sudam Sooriyaarachchi, Waren Weerakoon, Thuwan Suhail and Hinusha Sampath
Havelock SC: Raveen Fernando and Kavinda Keshan
Navy SC: Adeesha Weerathunga and Chathura Senavirathne,
Kandy SC: Buddima Piyarathna, Danush Dayan, Jasan Dissanayaka, Kavindu Perera, Srinath Sooriyabandara and Tharinda Ratwattwe
CR & FC: Dinuk Amerasinghe, Gamunu Chethiya, Janidu Dilshan, Kevin Dixon, Reeza Raffaideen, Omalka Gunaratne, Thulaib Hassen, Zuabir Doray and Kalindu Nandila
Wesley College: Samuel Ogbebor

Plus the 7s women squad


There are not a single expat or foreign born in these squads

Kevin Kutty Dixon is of Tamil Christian background, Tamil Christians have Anglicized names i.e: Angelo Mathews and Russel Arnold - National Test Cricketers

Jason Melder is a Dutch Burgher (Eurasian often of Dutch heritage)

And Samuel Ogbebor is half Nigerian (VC of the national U19 XV)

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Re: Asian 5 Nations & Asian rugby discussion

Postby Canalina » Thu, 11 Jun 2020, 09:56

Are there not lankan players hired by Australian clubs or maybe, I don't know, by Malaysian or Japanese clubs?

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Re: Asian 5 Nations & Asian rugby discussion

Postby gibbs » Thu, 11 Jun 2020, 11:09

Canalina wrote:Are there not lankan players hired by Australian clubs or maybe, I don't know, by Malaysian or Japanese clubs?


Few ex nationals played pro Rugby in Japan like Hasitha Perera and a few more played in South Africa lower divisions, Fazil Marija, managed to strike a deal with Auckland

Not in the current lot no.. Lankans for whatever reason kind of get short end of the stick in Asia.. Even obscure Indian players have managed find ways to Japan.. There was proposal to get pro's or semi pro's of Lankan origin in to the national pool few years ago but as usual dirty politics withing the Union put a hold to that.. Politicization of sporting bodies is the bane of Lankan sport not just Rugby

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Re: Asian 5 Nations & Asian rugby discussion

Postby Canalina » Thu, 11 Jun 2020, 19:07

Some minor news from Asia

Macau - According to the presentation page on Asia Rugby, Macau has now 160 rugby players; but just 60 of them are senior. And they are "a true reflection of Macau with a multitude of nationalities that merge together to make up a multicultural united nations of Rugby. The team has featured and features players from Angola, Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Holland, Hong Kong, Ireland, Macau, Mozambique, New Zealand, Portugal, Scotland, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Tonga, UK and USA".
With 60 players coming from so many different places it will be hard for them to field again a national team
https://www.asiarugby.com/unions/macau/

China - The chinese water polo women team, aiming to the Olympics, realized that they lack physical strength and fighting skills and so they decided to make some trainings together with the women rugby team. At least this is what I've understood from the link below.
"Rugby" is pronounced Gǎnlǎnqiú and it means olive-ball
"Water polo" is pronounced Shuǐqiú and it means water-ball
http://rugby.sport.org.cn/news/2020/0610/333232.html

Kazakhstan - A brief history of rugby in Kazakhstan (or Qazaqstan, as they seem to prefer transliterating)
"The history of Kazakhstan rugby begins in 1966. The tradition of Kazakhstani rugby was laid in the student community. The team of the Polytechnic Institute of Almaty in the 80s won a ticket to the major league of the USSR Championship. The successor to the teams of the Polytechnic Institute was the team of the Almaty Army Sports Club (SKA), which for a long time represented Kazakhstan rugby at the highest all-Union level and was a repeated winner of the USSR Championship and the owner of the USSR Cup. A large group of Kazakhstan athletes was part of the USSR team. The new history of Kazakhstan rugby begins in 1998, the period of accumulation and development of rugby in Kazakhstan took 5-6 years".
https://qazaqstan-rugby.kz

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