2003 Rugby World Cup – Asia qualification

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In qualification for the 2003 Rugby World Cup in Australia, there was one position available to the Asia qualifiers, as well as the possibility of further repechage qualification. Japan would go onto qualify for the competition.

Round 1 – April 2002[edit]

Pool A[edit]

Chinese Taipei advanced to Round 2

Final standings
Country GP W D L +/- Pts
 Chinese Taipei 1 1 0 0 +54 3
 Singapore 1 1 0 0 +29 3
 Malaysia 2 0 0 2 -83 2
Match schedule
Date Match Venue Result
30 March 2002 Malaysia - Chinese Taipei Ipoh, Malaysia 3-57
6 April 2002 Singapore – Malaysia Yio Chu Kang, Singapore 34-5
Not Played Chinese Taipei - Singapore Taiwan Singapore Foreited

Pool B[edit]

Hong Kong advanced to Round 2

Final standings
Country GP W D L +/- Pts
 Hong Kong 2 2 0 0 +17 6
 Arabian Gulf 2 1 0 1 +10 4
 Thailand 2 0 0 2 -27 2
Match schedule
Date Match Venue Result
5 April 2002 Arabian Gulf - Thailand Doha, Qatar 40-20
12 April 2002 Thailand – Hong Kong Bangkok, Thailand 8-15
20 April 2002 Hong Kong – Arabian Gulf Hong Kong 17-7

Pool C[edit]

China advanced to Round 2

Final standings
Country GP W D L +/- Pts
 China 2 1 0 1 +40 4
 Sri Lanka 2 1 0 1 -4 4
 Kazakhstan 2 1 0 1 -36 4
Match schedule
Date Match Venue Result
5 April 2002 Sri Lanka - China Colombo, Sri Lanka 9-7
12 April 2002 China – Kazakhstan Shanghai, China 57-15
20 April 2002 Kazakhstan – Sri Lanka Almaty Kazakhstan 20-14

Round 2 – May, 2002[edit]

Chinese Taipei advanced to Round 3

Final standings
Country GP W D L +/- Pts
 Chinese Taipei 2 2 0 0 +13 6
 Hong Kong 2 1 0 1 +22 4
 China 2 0 0 2 -35 2
Match schedule
Date Match Venue Result
18 May 2002 Chinese Taipei - Hong Kong Tainan, Taiwan 20-15
25 May 2002 China – Chinese Taipei Shanghai, China 21-29
1 June 2002 Hong Kong - China Hong Kong 34-7

Round 3 – June–July, 2002[edit]

Winner (Japan) qualified to Pool B of 2003 Rugby World Cup as Asia 1. Runner-up (Korea) advanced to Repechage.

Final standings
Country GP W D L +/- Pts
 Japan 4 4 0 0 +373 12
 South Korea 4 2 0 2 +31 8
 Chinese Taipei 4 0 0 4 -404 4
Match schedule
Date Match Venue Result
16 June 2002 Japan - Korea Tokyo, Japan 90-24
23 June 2002 Chinese Taipei - Korea Tainan, Taiwan 31-54
30 June 2002 Korea – Chinese Taipei Seoul, South Korea 119-7
6 July 2002 Japan – Chinese Taipei Tokyo, Japan 155-3
14 July 2002 Korea - Japan Seoul, South Korea 17-55
21 July 2002 Chinese Taipei - Japan Tainan, Taiwan 3-120