ARFU Asian Rugby Championship
|Asian Rugby Championship|
|Replaced by||ARFU Asian Rugby Series|
|Most titles||Japan (15 titles)|
|Qualification||Rugby world cup|
The Asian Rugby Championship was an international rugby union competition held amongst Asian national rugby sides. The competition represented the highest tier of international rugby in Asia. The tournament began in 1969, and was later replaced in 2004 by the ARFU Asian Rugby Series.
The last edition of the tournament was scheduled to be played in Sri Lanka during November 2006, however, it was cancelled due to the political situation in the host country. The tournament for the title was transferred to Hong Kong and it became the final pool for the 2007 Rugby World Cup – Asia qualification teams, which involved Japan, Korea and Hong Kong. The rest of the tournament ("Plate" and "Shield") was played one year later in Sri Lanka.
|Year||Venue||Number of Teams||Winner||Runner-up||Third|
|1969||Tokyo||5||Japan||South Korea||Hong Kong|
|1972||Hong Kong||7||Japan||Hong Kong||Thailand|
|1974||Colombo||8||Japan||Sri Lanka||South Korea|
|1978||Kuala Lumpur||7||Japan||South Korea||Singapore|
|1980||Taipei||8||Japan||South Korea||Hong Kong|
|1982||Singapore||8||South Korea||Japan||Hong Kong|
|1988||Hong Kong||8||South Korea||Japan||Hong Kong|
|1990||Colombo||8||South Korea||Japan||Hong Kong|
|1992||Hong Kong||8||Japan||Hong Kong||South Korea|
|1994||Kuala Lumpur||8||Japan||South Korea||Hong Kong|
|1996||Taipei||7||Japan||South Korea||Hong Kong|
|1998||Singapore||10||Japan||South Korea||Hong Kong|
|2002||Bangkok||11||South Korea||Japan||Hong Kong|
|2004||Hong Kong||12||Japan||South Korea||Hong Kong|
|2006-07||Hong Kong/Colombo||12||Japan||South Korea||Hong Kong|
- * "Rugby World Cup Qualifiers, Asian Rugby tourney cancelled". oneindia news. 15 November 2006. Retrieved 29 July 2013.
- * "Disappointed rugby fans will have to wait". Si Lanka Sunday itines. 5 November 2006. Retrieved 29 July 2013.