Asia Rugby Championshipi

Organised by Asia Rugby (formerly ARFU), the Asia Rugby Championship replaced the A5N as the top tier of international rugby in the region and featured the Top Three men’s national teams playing a full home-and-away round-robin tournament. The Asia Women’s Rugby Championship also featured the best three national sides, but playing each other only once.

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  • Royce Chan’s side will play the Netherlands on Saturday as they build towards the Asia Rugby Championship

Gregor McNeish gives his team thrilling 23-21 win over South Korea in final of Asia Rugby Championship, setting up World Cup qualifier against Tonga.

Head coach Lewis Evans ‘very much a realist’ and says Saturday’s Asia Rugby Championship opponents ‘are not going to make it easy’.

No 8 Josh Hrstich will ‘lead from the front’, coach says, as squad prepare to face South Korea in Asia Rugby Championship, with winner to play Tonga in World Cup qualifier.

Head coach Lewis Evans hands debuts to Football Club pair Josh Hrstich and John McCormick-Houston, Tigers’ David Tang, and UK-based Jack Combes in 29-man squad for Asia Rugby Championships final on July 9.

If Hong Kong successfully defend their Asia Rugby Championship next month, a World Cup qualifier then awaits against a Tongan side likely to include former Wallaby Israel Folau and ex-All Blacks Charles Piutau and Malakai Fekitoa.

Winner of Asia Rugby Championship will face Tonga for a place in France, but Hong Kong assesses whether it can field team, given lack of rugby since last year.

Japan need to play stronger opposition more often to keep progressing, talisman Michael Leitch says as he targets Eddie Jones’ England at 2023 World Cup.

The 27-year-old Toyota Verblitz forward acknowledges development in Asia but cites the Japanese set-up for ‘bringing the standard up’, as coach Simon Cron outlines potential for future Asian player recruitment.


Men’s and women’s top-flight competitions ended early as coronavirus cases surge in the city, but officials hope some lower leagues will return after fifth wave ends.

Taking over from Leigh Jones, James Farndon brings a wealth of rugby and sporting experience as he prioritises men’s 15s Asia Rugby Championship title defence before working with ‘exciting’ women’s, sevens and youth team set-ups.

Former England captain and coach wants to ‘help players adapt’ and for Hong Kong to become the ‘best semi-professional set-up in the game’ as 2021 Asia Rugby Championship nears.

Senior team and Hong Kong Scottish favourite Craig Hammond returns to the club he spent more than a decade with; is ‘fully confident’ that Hong Kong can defend their Asia Rugby Championship title.

Andrew Hall, who helped set up the Elite Rugby Programme and led the team to an Asia Rugby Championship, is confident his successors can keep the momentum ahead of Rugby World Cup qualifiers.

Former national men’s 15s assistant and current Hong Kong Scottish head coach Craig Hammond eyes ‘a third straight win’ in the Asia Rugby Championship as he prepares for a ‘pivotal year’ in Hong Kong rugby.

Hong Kong Rugby Union chief Robbie McRobbie confirms 33 senior rugby teams opted to withdraw from competitions due to family, career or national team commitments but reiterates organisers ‘certainly haven’t shut up shop’.

Hong Kong forwards coach Royce Chan Leong-sze says time management ‘the biggest concern’ as Covid-19 disrupts quadrennial tournament and preceding Asian qualifiers.

The Elite Rugby Programme, comprising 30 professional athletes and five staff, will not have their contracts renewed after June, but men’s and women’s sevens and the women’s 15s escape cutbacks.

Western Force owner Andrew Forrest’s innovative rugby competition put on hold as Global Rapid Rugby CEO Mark Evans steps down and teams consider future during global pandemic.

The Asian Rugby Football Union has undergone its first name change in 47 years and will now be known as Asia Rugby, the sport’s regional governing body said on Monday.

Hong Kong could field players in the new Japan-based Super Rugby franchise according to Brave Blossoms' coach Eddie Jones - but it will depend on how the team perform in their inaugural season next year.

Hong Kong held on to their number two spot in Asia after the final match in the Asia Rugby Championship against Japan was abandoned on Saturday owing to torrential rain – much to the disgust of World Cup-bound Japanese coach Eddie Jones. Hong Kong’s women lost 12-27 in their finale against Japan and ended third in the Asia Women’s Rugby Championship.