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Re: Asian 5 Nations & Asian rugby discussion

Postby victorsra » Wed, 01 Jul 2020, 14:38

Not starting a political discussion, but the new Hong Kong Security Law may have serious effects on the level of the Hong Kong national rugby team (and the GRR's South China Tigers). Most of its players are Westerners (many with British citizenship I guess) that might leave: https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-53246899

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Re: Asian 5 Nations & Asian rugby discussion

Postby Chester-Donnelly » Wed, 01 Jul 2020, 15:42

victorsra wrote:Not starting a political discussion, but the new Hong Kong Security Law may have serious effects on the level of the Hong Kong national rugby team (and the GRR's South China Tigers). Most of its players are Westerners (many with British citizenship I guess) that might leave: https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-53246899


I expect UK to be receiving a lot of migrants from Hong Kong which is fine by me. There is an empty unit in my estate which is perfect for a Chinese takeaway.

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Re: Asian 5 Nations & Asian rugby discussion

Postby 4N » Wed, 01 Jul 2020, 16:20

victorsra wrote:Not starting a political discussion, but the new Hong Kong Security Law may have serious effects on the level of the Hong Kong national rugby team (and the GRR's South China Tigers). Most of its players are Westerners (many with British citizenship I guess) that might leave: https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-53246899


It will be interesting to see what happens. The UK and US are both going to offer HKers safe haven. Australia and Canada will probably do something similar.

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Re: Asian 5 Nations & Asian rugby discussion

Postby victorsra » Wed, 01 Jul 2020, 17:40

If there is an exodus of the rugby community HK goes back to Korean rugby level at least.

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Re: Asian 5 Nations & Asian rugby discussion

Postby Canalina » Wed, 08 Jul 2020, 07:52

"Cambodia, Iraq and Palestine join the Asia Rugby Family and Afghanistan becomes a full member of Asia Rugby"

https://twitter.com/asiarugby/status/12 ... 7251422209

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Re: Asian 5 Nations & Asian rugby discussion

Postby victorsra » Wed, 08 Jul 2020, 13:37

We were expecting Vietnam.

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Re: Asian 5 Nations & Asian rugby discussion

Postby Hinato » Wed, 08 Jul 2020, 15:09

Next year the Asian qualifications will already be decisive. A little idea of what could give the best South Korean XV. 5 pro players (4 in Japan and 1 in the United States). It would be a hell of a team.

1-Na Kwan Young (SK, 18 caps) - Kubota Spears (Japan) - 14/07/1992 - 176 cm - 122 kg
2-Kim Jeep (SK, 18 caps) - KEPCO - 28/06/1990 - 178 cm - 106 kg
3-Kang Tae Hyeon (SK, 13 caps) - KEPCO - 13/12/1992 - 184 cm - 135 kg
4-Kim Ho Bum (SK, 9 caps) - Kubota Spears (Japan) - 10/12/1990 - 197 cm - 110 kg
5-Shin Da Hyun (SK, 8 caps) - KEPCO - 27/03/1997 - 193 cm - 112 kg
6-Cha Sung Kun (SK, 7 caps) - POSCO - 28/02/1990 - 183 cm - 100 kg
7-Jang Seok Hwan (SK, 8 caps) - Kobelco Steelers - (Japan) - 27/11/1991 - 193 cm - 118 kg
8-Kim Dae Hwan (SK) - KEPCO - 19/12/1995 - 185 cm - 110 kg
9-Mun Jin Ho (SK) - Dallas Jackals (USA) - 13/11/1995 - 176 cm - 80 kg
10-Oh Ji Myeong (SK, 7 caps) - POSCO - 09/11/1992 - 183 cm - 91 kg
11-Jang Jeong Min (SK, 9 caps) - POSCO - 10/11/1994 - 175 cm - 83 kg
12-Jang Seong Min (SK, 21 caps) - POSCO - 22/08/1992 - 187 cm - 113 kg
13-Kim Jin Hyeok (SK 8 caps) - KEPCO - 07/08/1995 - 183 cm - 100 kg
14-Chang Yong Heung (SK, 8 caps) - NTT Shining Arcs (Japan) - 12/11/1993 - 175 cm - 80 kg
15-Lee Jae Bok (SK, 17 caps) - POSCO - 22/05/1991 - 177 cm - 89 kg

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Re: Asian 5 Nations & Asian rugby discussion

Postby victorsra » Wed, 08 Jul 2020, 20:34

Hinato wrote:Next year the Asian qualifications will already be decisive. A little idea of what could give the best South Korean XV. 5 pro players (4 in Japan and 1 in the United States). It would be a hell of a team.

1-Na Kwan Young (SK, 18 caps) - Kubota Spears (Japan) - 14/07/1992 - 176 cm - 122 kg
2-Kim Jeep (SK, 18 caps) - KEPCO - 28/06/1990 - 178 cm - 106 kg
3-Kang Tae Hyeon (SK, 13 caps) - KEPCO - 13/12/1992 - 184 cm - 135 kg
4-Kim Ho Bum (SK, 9 caps) - Kubota Spears (Japan) - 10/12/1990 - 197 cm - 110 kg
5-Shin Da Hyun (SK, 8 caps) - KEPCO - 27/03/1997 - 193 cm - 112 kg
6-Cha Sung Kun (SK, 7 caps) - POSCO - 28/02/1990 - 183 cm - 100 kg
7-Jang Seok Hwan (SK, 8 caps) - Kobelco Steelers - (Japan) - 27/11/1991 - 193 cm - 118 kg
8-Kim Dae Hwan (SK) - KEPCO - 19/12/1995 - 185 cm - 110 kg
9-Mun Jin Ho (SK) - Dallas Jackals (USA) - 13/11/1995 - 176 cm - 80 kg
10-Oh Ji Myeong (SK, 7 caps) - POSCO - 09/11/1992 - 183 cm - 91 kg
11-Jang Jeong Min (SK, 9 caps) - POSCO - 10/11/1994 - 175 cm - 83 kg
12-Jang Seong Min (SK, 21 caps) - POSCO - 22/08/1992 - 187 cm - 113 kg
13-Kim Jin Hyeok (SK 8 caps) - KEPCO - 07/08/1995 - 183 cm - 100 kg
14-Chang Yong Heung (SK, 8 caps) - NTT Shining Arcs (Japan) - 12/11/1993 - 175 cm - 80 kg
15-Lee Jae Bok (SK, 17 caps) - POSCO - 22/05/1991 - 177 cm - 89 kg


No Hyundai players?

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Re: Asian 5 Nations & Asian rugby discussion

Postby Hinato » Wed, 08 Jul 2020, 21:16

The wing Jeong Yeon Sik may be.

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Re: Asian 5 Nations & Asian rugby discussion

Postby Canalina » Sat, 11 Jul 2020, 05:04

Two Iraq national team players, Haidar Khalil and Ghazem, felt ill due to coronavirus. Other two rugby players, brothers Naem and Karim Saddam (the second one is an international players), got infected but they are healed now.
Few weeks ago the most famous Iraq football player, around 55 years old, died due to the virus

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Re: Asian 5 Nations & Asian rugby discussion

Postby Canalina » Thu, 16 Jul 2020, 06:49

Sri Lanka, I've read few weeks ago, is planning to switch the focus from XV to 7s (and this appears to me not a wise move, considering that XV has locally a good success). This article explains the current problems of Lankan 7s and which changes a major focus on 7s could imply and need

https://www.thepapare.com/dream-nightma ... ka-sevens/

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Re: Asian 5 Nations & Asian rugby discussion

Postby Canalina » Sun, 19 Jul 2020, 10:42

Iraq federation: the national team player Othman Abdel Salam is officially transferred to the Romanian team CSU Arad.

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Re: Asian 5 Nations & Asian rugby discussion

Postby victorsra » Sun, 19 Jul 2020, 20:02

Canalina wrote:Sri Lanka, I've read few weeks ago, is planning to switch the focus from XV to 7s (and this appears to me not a wise move, considering that XV has locally a good success). This article explains the current problems of Lankan 7s and which changes a major focus on 7s could imply and need

https://www.thepapare.com/dream-nightma ... ka-sevens/

Maybe it is wise. Let's think in Sri Lanka's POV:

- In 15s they won't reach the RWC anytime soon. And WR doesn't help Asia in the RWC Qualy;
- Japan will always be the dominant Asian power, while in 7s there's room for others. With a new professional league in Japan played in the first semestre, the players available to Japanese sevens team won't be that good;
- Sri Lanka might not reach the Olympics, but they can make a better figure in the Commonweath Games and win medals in the Asian Games in sevens. The country is not sucessful in any sport in the Asian Games. They won ZERO medals in the 2018 Asian Games. ZERO, not a single bronze. Rugby has a big chance to be Sri Lanka's main Asian Games/Commonwealth Games sport, consolidating it as the country's 2nd sport, after cricket;

I think Sri Lanka is right in focusing on sevens. Madagascar should do the same in Africa. Kenya is the best benchmark.

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Re: Asian 5 Nations & Asian rugby discussion

Postby Tobar » Sun, 19 Jul 2020, 20:10

Interesting because both Madagascar and Sri Lanka are big fans of rugby but have never really performed well at all. Perhaps this will lead to some success.

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Re: Asian 5 Nations & Asian rugby discussion

Postby victorsra » Sun, 19 Jul 2020, 20:15

Tobar wrote:Interesting because both Madagascar and Sri Lanka are big fans of rugby but have never really performed well at all. Perhaps this will lead to some success.

Yep, it depends on the country. Countries that do well in many sports and are close to 15s bigger stages don't have much choice. They must focus on 15s because it is what fans and sponsors want or demand. But countries that are realy far from 15s success can make such option. It is a way to draw attention and prestige.

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Re: Asian 5 Nations & Asian rugby discussion

Postby Chester-Donnelly » Sun, 19 Jul 2020, 20:53

I think it's a smart move. Sri Lanka and Madagascar are both disadvantaged in fifteens by there being very few people in their country who are big enough to be a top level forward. This isn't an issue in sevens. Also an international sevens team is a lot cheaper to fund than a fifteens team.

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Re: Asian 5 Nations & Asian rugby discussion

Postby Canalina » Tue, 18 Aug 2020, 17:03

Sri Lanka is going to obtain for the first time in its history a permanent ground. It will be part of the "Mahinda Rajapaksa International Sports Complex", being Mahinda Rajapaksa the former President of Sri Lanka, current prime minister, brother of the current President of the nation Gotabaya Rajapaksa and father of the newly nominated Minister of Sports Namal Rajapaksa.

According to the article that gives this news, the president of Sri Lanka Rugby asked and obtained that in the next South Asian Games, to be hosted in Pakistan, rugby 7s was inserted in the program. So far the South Asian Games never included rugby, so if confirmed this is surely a good news

https://www.dailynews.lk/2020/08/18/spo ... by-stadium

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/South_Asian_Games

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Re: Asian 5 Nations & Asian rugby discussion

Postby victorsra » Tue, 18 Aug 2020, 17:32

I thought Colombo Racecourse was already rugby-dedicated.

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Re: Asian 5 Nations & Asian rugby discussion

Postby Canalina » Thu, 20 Aug 2020, 07:47

The south-korean championship, which I think was already started since some weeks, has been now temporarily halted due to a resurge of the epidemic

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Re: Asian 5 Nations & Asian rugby discussion

Postby victorsra » Thu, 20 Aug 2020, 17:52

do you have the list of clubs participating?

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Re: Asian 5 Nations & Asian rugby discussion

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Re: Asian 5 Nations & Asian rugby discussion

Postby Canalina » Tue, 01 Sep 2020, 16:21

Asia Rugby support a request to World Rugby for a full membership to Iran and Laos and an associated membership to Nepal

https://www.asiarugby.com/2020/09/01/me ... n-and-lao/

Iran and Laos are WR associated members and Asia Rugby full members; Nepal should be just Asia Rugby associated member, but maybe this request means that they were promoted Asia Rugby full member.
Few time ago I've read that 2 years must pass between the awarding of the WR associated membership to the full membership; Laos is WR associated from 2004, Iran from 2010, so they plenty fulfill at least this criteria

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Re: Asian 5 Nations & Asian rugby discussion

Postby Canalina » Mon, 07 Sep 2020, 21:41

"The Malaysian Rugby Union (KRM) has postponed all local tournaments until June 2021 following the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the country's economy at this time.
According to KRM in a statement, the decision had to be made because KRM faced the problem of losing the potential of the main sponsor due to the uncertain economic situation of the country.
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However, KRM informed that the national 15-team and 7s-team squads will have the opportunity to participate in the Asian Rugby Championship (May to June), and the Asian Rugby 7's Championship (September), next year.
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Re: Asian 5 Nations & Asian rugby discussion

Postby Canalina » Tue, 08 Sep 2020, 10:49

In Bangladesh they played the "Corona Cup", with surgeon caps, masks and gloves, long sleeves and trousers. It seems just a bad taste joke, but apparently the match had instead right the aim to inform the public of the precautions to take against the covid.
The trophies had the shape of a coronavirus...

https://www.facebook.com/BangladeshRugb ... 5018266202

https://www.facebook.com/BangladeshRugb ... 3503172687

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Re: Asian 5 Nations & Asian rugby discussion

Postby Canalina » Tue, 08 Sep 2020, 20:18

Just a pair of decisions about the administration's structure popped out from the Asia Rugby on line general meeting
- the executive committee members will remain in charge 4 years and not anymore just 2 years
- the ex.co. will have a minimum of two women (so far there was only a woman) to have gender equality; there will be also a minimum of two men

https://www.asiarugby.com/2020/09/08/asia-rugby-egm/

PS: do you hear too, when you open the Asia Rugby website, a background music? It's some months I hear it but I've always opened the website just for few seconds and so I heard just a bit of "elevator music", but now I realized that after some seconds there's also the voice of a woman saying "these windows assure a lot of light, in the second floor there are two bathrooms" and things like that. Quite strange...

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