Asia Rugby Championship 2016i

The Asia Rugby Championship 2016 is the continent’s top-level international 15s competition with a Top Three men’s division featuring Japan, Hong Kong and South Korea playing a full home-and-away round-robin tournament. All men’s matches in 2016 have full Test status with world ranking points up for grabs. The 2016 edition of the Women’s Asia Rugby Championship Top Three tournament involves only Japan and Hong Kong following the withdrawal of 2015 runners-up Kazakhstan. The defending champions in both the men’s and women’s Top Three competitions are Japan.


When Hong Kong captain Nick Hewson starts talking about the likes of Might and Power and Ethereal, it quickly becomes clear his background in thoroughbreds is more than just a bush hobby.

Hong Kong coach Leigh Jones has made five changes to his starting 15 from last week’s loss to Japan as his charges prepare to battle for second place against South Korea in the 2016 Asia Rugby Championship finale at Hong Kong Football Club on Saturday.


Hong Kong will enter next weekend’s must-win match against South Korea knowing a patchy performance like the one they delivered in Saturday’s 59-17 loss to Japan in Tokyo simply won’t cut it.

Japan delivered a complete all-round performance in beating Hong Kong 30-3 to capture the 2016 Women’s Asia Rugby Championship title in Tokyo on Saturday – but Hong Kong coach Jo Hull was quick to praise the “character” of her charges.


Alex Ng Wai-shing’s sporting journey has taken him from a soccer-playing schoolboy to the front row of the Hong Kong rugby team, becoming Hong Kong’s most capped Chinese player along the way.

Hong Kong ran in seven tries in a 40-7 away romp over Singapore on Saturday in a confidence-boosting warm-up game ahead of the second and final leg of the 2016 Women’s Asia Rugby Championship series against Japan.

Hong Kong got the points against South Korea in Incheon on Saturday but didn’t do enough to suggest genuinely challenging Japan is likely to happen any time soon, according to coach Leigh Jones.

Hong Kong women’s coach Jo Hull has selected a largely unchanged squad from last week’s home Test against Japan for this weekend’s clash with Singapore which will serve as the opener for the Sunwolves’ final match to be played at their “other” home.

It is time for Hong Kong’s newfound fitness and strength to translate into something tangible on the field after a solid, but uninspiring start to their Asia Rugby Championship (ARC) campaign.

Watch highlights from the Top Three divisions of the 2016 Asia Rugby Championship for men and women. The men’s ARC involves Japan, Hong Kong and South Korea and runs 30 April to 4 June, while the top-tier of the women’s ARC features only Japan and Hong Kong, following the withdrawal of Kazakhstan, and takes place 7-28 May.


Hong Kong will look to next weekend’s match with South Korea with confidence after a tough Asia Rugby Championship hit-out against Japan on Saturday.


It’s back to the drawing board for Hong Kong women’s coach Jo Hull after her team were outmuscled and outclassed by a slick Japan outfit in the opening match of the 2016 Women’s Asia Rugby Championship on Saturday.

There is not a single player from Japan’s 2015 World Cup squad stepping out at the Hong Kong Football Club on Saturday for their Asia Rugby Championship test against the hosts – but that is where the differences end for Hong Kong coach Leigh Jones.


With the exhilaration of his Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens debut behind him Valley wing Ryan Meacheam is itching to take the field ahead of his 15-a-side bow for Hong Kong.

Hong Kong head coach Jo Hull on Wednesday named a 28-member squad loaded with players from the HKRU Premiership’s top two clubs as preparations heat up for the truncated 2016 Women’s Asia Rugby Championship which kicks off this weekend.

A significant increase in fitness, power and strength is what it will take for Hong Kong to be consistently competitive against the best, according to coach Leigh Jones.

Results and standings for the 2016 editions of the Asia Rugby Championship for men (30 April-4 June) and the Women’s Asia Rugby Championship (7-28 May).

Rampant Japan pulverised South Korea 85-0 in their Asian Rugby Championship opener on Saturday, giving the national set-up a boost after stuttering progress since last year's World Cup heroics.


Japan will use the Asia Rugby Championship to try to regain some lost momentum since last year’s Rugby World Cup heroics, beginning with Saturday’s home opener against South Korea.