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Asia Rugby, formerly the Asian Rugby Football Union (ARFU), is the governing body of rugby union in Asia under the authority of World Rugby. Founded in 1968 by eight charter nations, the Union today has 31 member unions in countries across Asia, stretching from Kazakhstan to Guam.

Asia Rugby
Asian Rugby Football Union (logo).png
TypeSports federation
HeadquartersHong Kong
31 unions
General Manager
Ross Mitchell

The aim of Asia Rugby is: "to raise physical and moral standards in Asia by education in the healthy pursuit of Rugby Football and to promote friendship among Asian countries."


Asia Rugby supports regional and pan-Asian tournaments for men's, women's and under 19's competitions in fifteen-a-side and seven-a-side rugby, including:

Asian Sevens SeriesEdit

The Asian Sevens Series is like the HSBC World Sevens Series, but at a regional level.[1][2][3]


Asia Rugby Rankings
Top 15 Rankings as of 18 November 2019[4]
Rank Change* Team Points WR
1     Japan 79.28 8
2     Hong Kong 61.25 21
3     South Korea 53.11 31
4     Philippines 47.77 41
5     Sri Lanka 46.69 47
6     Malaysia 46.12 49
7     Singapore 43.97 55
8     United Arab Emirates 41.25 62
9     Kazakhstan 40.85 63
10     Chinese Taipei 39.10 66
11     Guam 36.40 76
12     Thailand 36.23 77
13     China 34.85 80
14     India 33.07 86
15     Uzbekistan 31.63 91
*Based on the World Rugby Ranking

After the expulsion of Cambodia as of May 2016, Asia Rugby has 31 member unions.[5][6] Not all member unions are members of World Rugby.[7] Asia Rugby members are listed below, with the year each union joined World Rugby shown in brackets. World Rugby associates are shown in italics.[8]

There are 17 World Rugby members, and 5 World Rugby associates:

There are 9 unions not affiliated with World Rugby

  •   Afghanistan
  •   Bangladesh
  •   Jordan
  •   Lebanon
  •   Macau
  •   Nepal
  •   Qatar
  •   Saudi Arabia
  •   Syria
  •   Vietnam


 * Denotes World Rugby associate membership date.

 ^ Cambodia expelled in 2016 for not complying with membership criteria.[5]

 ^ Vietnam is not currently a member of Asia Rugby.[6]

The Arabian Gulf Rugby Football Union was split up in 2011. It comprised the UAE, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Oman. The new governing body for the UAE is already active and has its own national team. UAE became the 100th full member of World Rugby in November 2012.[9] The other countries have not yet joined the ARFU.

Several governing bodies which administer partially, or largely Asian countries, such as that of Armenia, Cyprus, Georgia, Israel, Russia and are members of the European body, Rugby Europe. Conversely, Kazakhstan, which is administered by European associations in other sports (such as within the football governing body, FIFA) is administered as part of Asia Rugby. In addition, Asia Rugby includes Guam (the organized unincorporated territory of the United States), which is arguably not in Asia, but in Oceania, and one transcontinental country, Indonesia.

Asia Rugby officersEdit

  • President: Agha Hussain   India
  • Vice President: Yuichi Ueno,  Japan
  • Vice President: Fawzi Khawaja,  Pakistan
  • Treasurer: Mike Haynes   Hong Kong
  • World Rugby Representative: Trevor Gregory   Hong Kong
  • EXCO Member + World Rugby Rep: Ada Milby  Philippines
  • Executive Committee:
  • Natapol Hemyoo  Thailand,
  • Makoto Nishiki   Japan,
  • Asanga Seneviratne   Sri Lanka
  • Vela Tan   Malaysia,
  • Yoon Sungsoo  South Korea
  • Honorary President: Koji Tokumasu,  Japan


Asia RugbyEdit

  • General Manager : Ross Mitchell
  • Administration Advisor : Eunice Cheng
  • Competitions Consultant : Aaron Stockdale
  • Regional Training Consultant : Gene Tong
  • Strategic Development Advisor :Matthew Oakley
  • Rugby Development Consultant GIR/A1M Coordinator : Ben Van Rooyen
  • Rugby Development Consultant (WA) : Ghaith Jalajel
  • Web Master : Khuram Haroon
  • Match Officials Advisor : Alan Whitcombe
  • Medical Coordinator : Joy Walter


See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Rugby and the Olympics Archived September 14, 2009, at the Wayback Machine. IRB
  2. ^ Asian 7s Series[permanent dead link]. ARFU.
  3. ^ Promising start for Asian Sevens Series Archived 2009-09-22 at the Wayback Machine. UR7s.
  4. ^ "World Rugby Rankings". Retrieved 19 November 2019.
  5. ^ a b "Guatemala Obtain World Rugby Membership". americas Rugby News. 14 May 2016. Archived from the original on 14 May 2016. Retrieved 14 May 2016.
  6. ^ a b "Unions". Asia Rugby. 2016. Archived from the original on 14 May 2016. Retrieved 14 May 2016.
  7. ^ "Handbook" (PDF). World Rugby. 2014. pp. 16–10. Archived from the original (PDF) on 8 February 2015. Retrieved 28 January 2015.
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  9. ^ "UAE become 100th full member of the IRB". RTÉ. 27 November 2012. Retrieved 28 November 2012.
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