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The 2018 Asia Rugby Championship was the fourth annual rugby union series for the top-level Asia Rugby nations. The Asia Rugby Championship in 2018 formed part of the World Cup qualifying process and, as such, did not include Japan who had already qualified as the 2019 Rugby World Cup host. Hong Kong and South Korea were joined by Malaysia, promoted from Division 1, to compete in the 2018 series. Other Asian nations played in the lower division tournaments.

2018 Asia Rugby Championship
Date28 April – 2 June
Countries Hong Kong
 Malaysia
 South Korea
Final positions
Champions Hong Kong (1st title)
Tournament statistics
Matches played6
Tries scored51 (8.5 per match)
Top scorer(s)Hong Kong Matthew Rosslee (58)
Most triesHong Kong Conor Hartley (4)
South Korea Jang Jeong-min (4)
Hong Kong Liam Slatem (4)
Websitewww.asiarugby.com
2017
2019

The format of the tri-nations series is a double round-robin where the three teams play each other twice on a home and away basis. The team finishing on top of the standings at the end of the series is declared the winner. The 2018 series winner Hong Kong advanced to a cross-regional play-off series against Oceania 4, Cook Islands, to earn a berth in the repechage tournament.

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TeamsEdit

The teams involved, with their world rankings prior to the 2018 tournament in brackets:[1]

Nation Home stadium City Head coach Captain
  Hong Kong (22) Hong Kong Football Club Stadium Hong Kong   Leigh Jones James Cunningham
  South Korea (31) Incheon Namdong Asiad Rugby Field Incheon   Choi Changryul Lee Yong-seung
  Malaysia (45) National Stadium Kuala Lumpur   Lee Nyuk Fah Mohd Syahir Asraf Rosli

StandingsEdit

Advances to Cross-regional play-off series
Pos Nation Games Points Bonus
points
Total
points
Played Won Lost Drawn For Against Diff
1   Hong Kong 4 4 0 0 227 44 +183 3 19
2   South Korea 4 2 2 0 128 91 +37 2 10
3   Malaysia 4 0 4 0 40 260 -220 0 0
Points were awarded to the teams as follows:
Win - 4 points
Draw - 2 points
4 or more tries - 1 point
Loss within 7 points - 1 point
Loss greater than 7 points - 0 points

FixturesEdit

Source: asiarugby.com[2]

Week 1Edit

28 April 2018
16:30 MST (UTC+8)
Malaysia   10–35   South Korea
Try: Vunimoku 61' c
Con: Bin Sudin 62'
Pen: Bin Sudin 70'
Report Try: Jang Jeong-min 9' m, 48' c
Penalty try 25'
Kim Kwang-sik 80' c
Con: Oh Youn-hyung 49', 80' (2/3)
Pen: Oh Youn-hyung 3', 21', 37'
National Stadium, Kuala Lumpur
Attendance: 15000
Referee: Tim Baker (Hong Kong)
FB 15 Muhamad Amirul Aqil Kamsol
RW 14 Mohamad Aiman Jamaluddin
OC 13 Vatimio Rabebe
IC 12 Sakiusa Terence Gavidi
LW 11 Mohd Azmir Zanul Abdin
FH 10 Mohd Syahir Asraf Rosli (c)
SH 9 Muhd Nur Ikqwan Nordin
N8 8 Timoci Vunimoku
OF 7 Mohamad Amin Jamaluddin
BF 6 Sae Faalupega
RL 5 Nathanael Tan Aik Ming
LL 4 Aporosa Duwailea
TP 3 Mohd Aliff Al Hafiz Abdul Kari
HK 2 Amirul Mukminim Amizan
LP 1 Amirul Sani   41' to 51'
Replacements:
16 Mohd Nurazman Ramli
17 Mohd Farid Sujari
18 Lawrence Petrus
19 Syarif Nurhidayat Muzhaimey
20 Mohamad Syarif Saiful Aazwan Bin Sudin
21 Mohammad Rosmanizam Roslan
22 Aliff Sazrie Bin Azmi
23 Mohamad Sofian Mohd Kamil
Coach:
  Lee Nyuk Fah
FB 15 Lee Jae-bok
RW 14 Jang Jeong-min
OC 13 Lee Jin-kyu
IC 12 Kim Nam-uk
LW 11 Kang Jin-gu
FH 10 Oh Youn-hyung
SH 9 Lee Myung-jun
N8 8 Lee Yong-seung (c)
OF 7 Jang Seok-hwan
BF 6 Kim Hyun-soo
RL 5 Lee Jin-seok
LL 4 Kim Ho-bum
TP 3 Kang Tae-hyeon
HK 2 Kim Jeep
LP 1 Na Kwan-young
Replacements:
16 Seok Dong-hee
17 Kim Kwang-sik
18 Park Jong-yeol   66' to 76'
19 Cha Sung-kun
20 You Ji-hoon
21 Shin Ki-cheol
22 Kim Jin-hyeok
23 Jang Seong-min
Coach:
  Choi Chang-ryul

Week 2Edit

5 May 2018
16:30 MST (UTC+8)
Malaysia   8–67   Hong Kong
Try: Saukuru 36' m
Pen: Bin Sudin 77'
Report Try: Lamboley 15' m, 28' m
Neville 32' c
Slatem 40' c
Yiu 43' c, 48' m
Pincott 51' c
Hartley 61' c
J Parfitt 67' c
Keith 69' c
Con: Rosslee 33', 40', 44', 52', 62', 68' 71' (7/10)
Pen: Rosslee 23'
National Stadium, Kuala Lumpur
Attendance: 15000
Referee: Shuhei Kubo (Japan)
FB 15 Samuela Tamanisau
RW 14 Mohd Azmir Zanul Abdin
OC 13 Vatimio Rabebe
IC 12 Sakiusa Terence Gavidi
LW 11 Mohamad Aiman Jamaluddin
FH 10 Mohd Syahir Asraf Rosli (c)
SH 9 Muhd Nur Ikqwan Nordin
N8 8 Etonia Vaqa Saukuru
OF 7 Syarif Nurhidayat Muzhaimey
BF 6 Timoci Vunimoku
RL 5 Sae Faalupega
LL 4 Aporosa Duwailea   13' to 23'
TP 3 Mohd Aliff Al Hafiz Abdul Karim
HK 2 Amirul Mukminim Amizan
LP 1 Amirul Sani
Replacements:
16 Mohd Nurazman Ramli
17 Mohd Farid Sujari
18 Lawrence Petrus
19 Mohamad Amin Jamaluddin
20 Syahmi Afiq Edan
21 Mohamad Syarif Saiful Aazwan Bin Sudin
22 Aliff Sazrie Bin Azmi
23 Asyraf Norudin
Coach:
  Lee Nyuk Fah
FB 15 Jack Neville
RW 14 Salom Yiu Kam Shing
OC 13 Tyler Spitz
IC 12 Max Woodward
LW 11 Max Denmark
FH 10 Matthew Rosslee
SH 9 Liam Slatem
N8 8 Thomas Lamboley
OF 7 Toby Fenn
BF 6 Nicholas Hewson
RL 5 Jamie Pincott
LL 4 James Cunningham (c)
TP 3 Dylan Rogers
HK 2 Benjamin Roberts
LP 1 Daniel Barlow
Replacements:
16 Alexander Harris
17 Adam Fullgrabe
18 Jack Parfitt
19 Kyle Sullivan
20 Michael Parfitt
21 Conor Hartley
22 Robert Keith
23 Jamie Lauder
Coach:
  Leigh Jones

Week 3Edit

12 May 2018
16:30 KST (UTC+9)
South Korea   21–30   Hong Kong
Try: Jang Jeong-min 10' c
Lee Yong-seung 49' c
Lee Jae-bok 61' c
Con: Oh Youn-hyung 12', 50', 61' (3/3)
Report Try: Spitz 24' m
Slatem 37' c
Con: Rosslee 38' (1/2)
Pen: Rosslee 4', 19', 31', 44', 58', 68'
Namdong Asiad Rugby Stadium, Incheon
Attendance: 1000
Referee: Shuhei Kubo (Japan)
FB 15 Lee Jae-bok
RW 14 Jang Jeong-min
OC 13 Kim Jin-hyeok
IC 12 Kim Nam-uk
LW 11 Kang Jin-gu
FH 10 Oh Youn-hyung
SH 9 Lee Myung-jun
N8 8 Lee Yong-seung (c)
OF 7 Jang Seok-hwan
BF 6 Cha Sung-kun   35' to 45'
RL 5 Lee Jin-seok
LL 4 Kim Ho-bum
TP 3 Kang Tae-hyeon
HK 2 Kim Jeep
LP 1 Na Kwan-young
Replacements:
16 Seok Dong-hee
17 Kim Kwang-sik
18 Park Jong-yeol
19 Han Kun-kyu
20 Kim Jeong-min
21 Shin Ki-cheol
22 Park Hong-sik
23 Jang Seong-min
Coach:
  Choi Chang-ryul
FB 15 Jack Neville
RW 14 Salom Yiu Kam Shing
OC 13 Tyler Spitz
IC 12 Max Woodward
LW 11 Max Denmark
FH 10 Matthew Rosslee
SH 9 Liam Slatem
N8 8 Thomas Lamboley
OF 7 Toby Fenn
BF 6 Nicholas Hewson
RL 5 Kyle Sullivan
LL 4 James Cunningham (c)
TP 3 Dylan Rogers
HK 2 Benjamin Roberts
LP 1 Daniel Barlow
Replacements:
16 Alexander Harris
17 Adam Fullgrabe
18 Jack Parfitt
19 Jamie Pincott
20 Kane Boucaut
21 Conor Hartley
22 Ben Rimene
23 Jamie Lauder
24 Michael Parfitt
Coach:
  Leigh Jones

Week 4Edit

19 May 2018
16:30 KST (UTC+9)
South Korea   67–12   Malaysia
Try: Jang Seong-min 6' c, 18' c
Kim Ho-bum 24' c
Kim Nam-uk 29' c, 70' c
Lee Jae-bok 34' c
Jang Jeong-min 56' c
Kim Jeong-min 64' m
Kim Jin-hyeok 75' c
Con: Oh Youn-hyung 7', 19', 26', 30', 35', 57', 71', 76' (8/9)
Pen: Oh Youn-hyung 47'
Drop: Oh Youn-hyung 68'
Report Try: Tamanisau 42' c
Mohamad Aiman Jamaluddin 73' m
Con: Kamsol 43' (1/2)
Namdong Asiad Rugby Stadium, Incheon
Referee: Stephen Copeman (Hong Kong)
FB 15 Lee Jae-bok
RW 14 Jang Jeong-min
OC 13 Kim Jin-hyeok
IC 12 Jang Seong-min
LW 11 Kim Nam-uk
FH 10 Oh Youn-hyung
SH 9 Shin Ki-cheol
N8 8 Lee Yong-seung (c)
OF 7 Hwang In-jo
BF 6 Cha Sung-kun
RL 5 Jang Seok-hwan
LL 4 Kim Ho-bum
TP 3 Park Jong-yeol
HK 2 You Ji-hoon
LP 1 Na Kwan-young
Replacements:
16 Noh Ok-gi
17 Seok Dong-hee
18 Kang Taehyeon
19 Lee Kwang-ho
20 Kim Jeong-min
21 Lee Myung-jun
22 Kim Kun-hui
23 Shin Min-su
Coach:
  Choi Chang-ryul
FB 15 Muhamad Amirul Aqil Kamsol
RW 14 Mohamad Aiman Jamaluddin
OC 13 Samuela Tamanisau
IC 12 Vatimio Rabebe
LW 11 Mohd Azmir Zanul Abdin (c)
FH 10 Mohd Syahir Asraf Rosli
SH 9 Muhd Nur Ikqwan Nordin
N8 8 Etonia Vaqa Saukuru
OF 7 Syarif Nurhidayat Muzhaimey
BF 6 Timoci Vunimoku
RL 5 Sae Faalupega
LL 4 Muhammad Danial Noor Hamidi   20' to 30'
TP 3 Mohd Aliff Al Hafiz Abdul Karim
HK 2 Amirul Mukminim Amizan
LP 1 Lawrence Petrus
Replacements:
16 Mohd Nurazman Ramli
17 Mohd Farid Sujari
18 Nas Affie Mohd Salleh
19 Mohamad Amin Jamaluddin
20 Hamizan Rosli
21 Mohamad Syarif Saiful Aazwan Bin Sudin
22 Aliff Sazrie Bin Azmi
23 Asyraf Norudin
Coach:
  Lee Nyuk Fah

Week 5Edit

26 May 2018
16:00 HKT (UTC+8)
Hong Kong   91–10   Malaysia
Try: Pincott 3' c
Denmark 6' c
Hartley 16' c, 19' c, 43' c
Lauder 20' c, 75' c
Penalty try 26'
Tsang 30' c
Delaforce 53' c
Neville 57' c
Keith 66' c
Fullgrabe 80' c
Con: Rimene 4', 17', 20', 21', 31', 44', 54', 58', 67', 76', 80' (11/11)
Rosslee 7' (1/1)
Report Try: Saukuru 33' c
Con: Bin Sudin 34'
Pen: Kamsol 61'
FB 15 Robert Keith
RW 14 Conor Hartley
OC 13 Tyler Spitz
IC 12 Matthew Rosslee
LW 11 Max Denmark
FH 10 Ben Rimene
SH 9 Jamie Lauder
N8 8 Kane Boucaut
OF 7 Philip Whitfield
BF 6 Nicholas Hewson
RL 5 Jack Delaforce
LL 4 Jamie Pincott
TP 3 Jack Parfitt
HK 2 Jamie Tsang (c)
LP 1 Adam Fullgrabe
Replacements:
16 Edward Soppet
17 Callum McFeat-Smith
18 Ronan Donnelly
19 Thomas Lamboley
20 Michael Parfitt
21 Cris Pierrepont
22 Henry Poon Yau Him
23 Jack Neville
24 Kyle Sullivan
Coach:
  Leigh Jones
FB 15 Mohamad Aiman Jamaluddin
RW 14 Samuela Tamanisau   13' to 23'
OC 13 Vatimio Rabebe
IC 12 Atunasia Lacadamu Takubu
LW 11 Mohd Azmir Zanul Abdin
FH 10 Mohd Syahir Asraf Rosli (c)
SH 9 Aliff Sazrie Bin Azmi
N8 8 Etonia Vaqa Saukuru
OF 7 Mohamad Syarif Saiful Aazwan Bin Sudin
BF 6 Timoci Vunimoku
RL 5 Sae Faalupega
LL 4 Mohd Aliff Al Hafiz Abdul Karim   50' to 60'
TP 3 Lawrence Petrus
HK 2 Amirul Mukminim Amizan
LP 1 Mohd Farid Sujari
Replacements:
16 Mohd Nurazman Ramli
17 Hamizan Rosli
18 Nas Affie Mohd Salleh
19 Syarif Nurhidayat Muzhaimey
20 Mohamad Amin Jamaluddin
21 Muhammad Danial Noor Hamidi
22 Muhamad Amirul Aqil Kamsol
23 Asyraf Norudin
Coach:
  Lee Nyuk Fah

Week 6Edit

2 June 2018
16:00 HKT (UTC+8)
Hong Kong   39–5   South Korea
Try: Rosslee 13' c
Slatem 24' c, 38' c
Yiu 30' c
Lauder 75' m
Con: Rosslee 14', 25', 31', 39' (4/5)
Pen: Rosslee 8', 50'
Report Try: Lee Yong-seung 54' m
FB 15 Robert Keith
RW 14 Salom Yiu Kam Shing
OC 13 Jack Neville
IC 12 Max Woodward
LW 11 Conor Hartley
FH 10 Matthew Rosslee
SH 9 Liam Slatem
N8 8 Thomas Lamboley
OF 7 Toby Fenn
BF 6 Nicholas Hewson
RL 5 Kyle Sullivan
LL 4 James Cunningham (c)
TP 3 Dylan Rogers
HK 2 Ben Roberts
LP 1 Daniel Barlow
Replacements:
16 Jamie Tsang
17 Adam Fullgrabe
18 Jack Parfitt
19 Michael Parfitt
20 Kane Boucaut
21 Cris Pierrepont
22 Jamie Lauder
23 Max Denmark
24 Tyler Spitz
Coach:
  Leigh Jones
FB 15 Lee Jae-bok
RW 14 Jang Jeong-min
OC 13 Jang Seong-min   73' to 80'
IC 12 Kim Seongu
LW 11 Kim Nam-uk
FH 10 Oh Youn-hyung
SH 9 Shin Ki-cheol
N8 8 Lee Yong-seung (c)
OF 7 Hwang Injo
BF 6 Cha Sung-kun
RL 5 Lee Jin-seok
LL 4 Jang Seok-hwan
TP 3 Kang Tae-hyeon   34' to 44'
HK 2 You Ji-hoon
LP 1 Na Kwan-young
Replacements:
16 Noh Ok-gi
17 Seok Dong-hee
18 Park Jong-yeol
19 Lee Kwang-ho
20 Kim Jeong-min
21 Lee Myung-jun
22 Park Hong-sik
23 Kim Jinhyeok
Coach:
  Choi Chang-ryul

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ http://www.worldrugby.org/rankings/mru
  2. ^ "Calendar 2018 Asia Rugby Calendar of Tournaments and Meeting for 2018". Asia Rugby. Retrieved 19 February 2018.