Asian Five Nations

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Asian Five Nations
Current season or competition:
2014 Asian Five Nations
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Sport Rugby union
Instituted 2008
Inaugural season 2008
Number of teams 5
Region Asia (ARFU)
Holders  Japan (2014)
Most titles  Japan (7 titles)
Website HSBC Asian Five Nations
Qualification Rugby World Cup

The Asian Five Nations, known as the HSBC Asian 5 Nations due to its sponsorship by HSBC, is an annual international rugby union competition held between the top five Asian national rugby sides. The teams play a round-robin competition held on five consecutive weekends throughout April and May.

The competition represents the highest tier of international rugby in Asia, and is the apex of a multi-divisional Asian international calendar (see below).

The first competition was held in 2008, and Japan and Hong Kong have been selected for all the competitions as of 2013.

Background[edit]

The Asian Five Nations tournament is the pinnacle of four tiers of competition across 25 Asian rugby unions, with promotion and relegation opportunities between divisions for all participating teams.

The IRB is committed to increasing global playing standards and the tournament, which received funding in the form of a US $500,000 IRB grant,[when?] represents the pinnacle of a complete restructuring of competition in Asia by the Region’s governing body, the Asian Rugby Football Union.

The tournament is considered vital for the development and expansion of rugby throughout Asia,[citation needed] and gives Asian elite players the chance to perform in front of a significantly expanded TV audience,[citation needed] whilst providing a platform for development at all other levels.

The last-placed team in the Asian Five Nations is relegated to the Division I competition in the next year and the top team in Division I gains promotion to the Asian Five Nations. The promotion and relegation policy is also in effect for the Division I and Division II competitions, guaranteeing an opportunity for all unions to advance within this tournament.

History[edit]

The Asian Five Nations began in 2008, and the inaugural tournament comprised Japan, Hong Kong, Kazakhstan, Korea and the Arabian Gulf. This kick-started the ongoing development of the game across the region.[citation needed] In 2008, Division I competition was played amongst China, Chinese Taipei, Singapore and Sri Lanka. The Division II competition was contested by India, Malaysia, Pakistan and Thailand. Four regional competitions were also played. The first was played in Indonesia and featured Cambodia, Indonesia and Laos; the second tournament was held in Guam between Brunei, Guam and the Philippines; the third tournament was in Qatar, played between Qatar, Mongolia and Macau; Kyrgyzstan hosted the final regional competition with Iran, Uzbekistan and themselves.

With the 2010 Asian Five Nations tournament serving as the qualifying tournament for the 2011 Rugby World Cup, the promotion and relegation system meant that the 2008 Division I and Division II seasons (along with the 2009 Division I season) was also be part of Rugby World Cup qualifying.

The 2014 Asian Five Nations tournament also serves as Asian's qualifying tournament for the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

Summary[edit]

Top 5[edit]

Year Champions Runners-Up 3rd Place 4th Place Relegated
2008
Japan

South Korea

Hong Kong

Kazakhstan
Arabian Gulf
2009
Japan

Kazakhstan

South Korea

Hong Kong

Singapore
2010
Japan

Kazakhstan

Hong Kong
Arabian Gulf
South Korea
2011
Japan

Hong Kong

United Arab Emirates

Kazakhstan

Sri Lanka
2012
Japan

South Korea

Hong Kong

United Arab Emirates

Kazakhstan
2013
Japan

South Korea

Hong Kong

Philippines

United Arab Emirates
2014
Japan

Hong Kong

South Korea

Philippines

Sri Lanka

Divisions[edit]

Year Division I Division II Division III Division IV Division V
Winner Relegated Winner Relegated Winner Relegated Winner Relegated Winner Relegated
2008
Singapore

China

Thailand
N/A Not Played Not Played Not Played
2009 Arabian Gulf
Thailand

Malaysia

Pakistan

Philippines
N/A Not Played Not Played
2010
Sri Lanka

Chinese Taipei

Philippines

China

Iran

Indonesia

Jordan
N/A Not Played
2011
South Korea

Malaysia

Chinese Taipei

India

China

Pakistan

Qatar

Uzbekistan

Laos
N/A
2012
Philippines

Singapore

Thailand

China

India

Pakistan

Qatar

Uzbekistan

Laos
N/A
2013
Sri Lanka

Thailand

Singapore

India

Qatar

China

Lebanon

Laos

Cambodia
N/A
2014 N/A N/A
Malaysia

Thailand

Mongolia
N/A Not played

Regional tournaments[edit]

Year Region 1 Region 2 Region 3 Region 4
Winner Winner Winner Winner
2008
Indonesia

Philippines

Iran
Cancelled
2009
Laos
Cancelled
Uzbekistan
N/A

Sponsorship[edit]

The ARFU has secured a significant title sponsorship deal with HSBC for the tournament, which underlines the increasing appetite for the game in Asia. Enhanced television deals for the Asian market were a feature of record Rugby World Cup broadcast coverage and comprehensive coverage of the Asian Five Nations on television will ensure continued widespread exposure across Asia and into IRB targeted growth markets such as China and India.

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