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  • Oct 20, 2014
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ARFU Asian Five Nations

Organised by the Asian Rugby Football Union, the annual A5N features 25 national teams in six divisions and is the leading 15-a-side competition in the region.

Hong Kong sevens squad to sharpen up in Canada

Sevens head coach Gareth Baber is hoping an intense training camp in Canada will sharpen the Hong Kong men’s squad’s killer instincts ahead of the Asian Games in Incheon in September.

Friday, 4 July, 2014, 6:22pm 1 comment

Japan aiming to peak at World Cup

Japan coach Eddie Jones pledged that the Asian champions would hit peak form at next year's World Cup as they bid for a 10th successive win when they take on Italy on Saturday.

26 Sep 2014 - 9:26pm

Ready to wave my own wand

Under the stewardship of Leigh Jones, Hong Kong climbed to their highest ever International Rugby Board ranking of 23; travelled to Kazakhstan and won there for the first time; claimed the Emirates Cup of Nations in Dubai; beat, nae battered, Belgium twice; and for the first time in Hong Kong’s history reached the Rugby World Cup repechage stage.

11 Jun 2014 - 1:31am

Key to RWC repêchage ‘lies with possession’

A few eyebrows were raised when Uruguay was frequently mentioned in the run-up to last Sunday’s Asian Five Nations game against Japan, with some asking why Hong Kong were looking ahead to the repêchage when they still had to play the Asian champions for the automatic berth at the 2015 World Cup.

26 Sep 2014 - 9:23pm

Steve Borthwick eager to keep up with Joneses in Japan

Ex-England captain Steve Borthwick has said he is looking forward to working with former Wallaby boss Eddie Jones on a full-time basis when he becomes the forwards coach of Japan following his retirement.

14 Oct 2014 - 1:32pm

Andy Hall handed key role for crunch game in Uruguay

Andy Hall will take over as head coach of Hong Kong as they chart new waters and play in their first-ever World Cup repêchage match against Uruguay in August.

26 Sep 2014 - 9:22pm

New forwards coach Borthwick a massive boost for Japan, says Jones

Former England skipper Steve Borthwick’s appointment as Japan’s new forwards coach will give the Asian champions a huge boost at next year’s Rugby World Cup, head coach Eddie Jones said on Tuesday.

26 Sep 2014 - 9:22pm

Video: Japan 49-8 Hong Kong

View highlights and interviews from Japan’s 49-8 Asian Five Nations victory over Hong Kong on Sunday at the National Olympic Stadium in Tokyo. The win for Asia’s number one team also earned them the region’s only automatic berth for next year’s World Cup in England. Hong Kong will now go into the RWC qualification repêchage in Uruguay.

26 Sep 2014 - 9:15pm

Brave Hong Kong fail to stop Japan from taking Asia’s place at RWC

Hong Kong can take heart from a courageous defensive performance against Japan as they face a long and hard repêchage road to the 2015 World Cup, after the Brave Blossoms claimed the one automatic berth for Asia with a 49-8 win at the National Olympic Stadium in Tokyo on Sunday.

26 Sep 2014 - 9:14pm

Unbeaten skipper Hewson out to upset Japan and earn World Cup spot

Nick Hewson's unblemished run as captain of Hong Kong is in danger of coming to an end on Sunday in Tokyo unless his side can "express themselves and not worry too much about what Japan will do" in the finale to the Asian Five Nations.

26 Sep 2014 - 9:14pm

When close friends make midfield magic

Bad hamstrings and knowing each other's sleeping patterns have helped forge one of the best midfield combinations for Hong Kong in many years, but Jake Phelps and Lloyd Jones admit the real test will come on Sunday when they face Japan in the winners-take-all Asian Five Nations finale in Tokyo.

14 Oct 2014 - 1:31pm 1 comment

Korea overpower Volcanoes to secure final spot in 2015 Top Three

South Korea defeated the Philippines 52-22 on Saturday to take third place in the 2014 Asian Five Nations and secure the final spot in next year’s revamped Top Three competition.

24 May 2014 - 9:54pm

‘Realistic’ Leigh Jones says Hong Kong face tough task against Japan

Departing head coach Leigh Jones admitted on Wednesday that Hong Kong face an enormous task to defeat Japan and book the direct berth to the 2015 Rugby World Cup for Asia, but maintained an upset was possible.

26 Sep 2014 - 9:14pm

Jones to say sayonara, but leaves Hong Kong on a high

How I would love to be a fly on the wall in the Hong Kong dressing room before they run out against Japan in Tokyo on Sunday in what is arguably the biggest game of their lives.

26 Sep 2014 - 9:13pm

Hong Kong chief stands by Leigh Jones before coach jumps ship

Trevor Gregory says he would not have allowed national team coach to stand down and expects the Welshman to show new bosses what he is bringing to the table when Hong Kong face Japan on Sunday.

14 Oct 2014 - 1:31pm 1 comment