Asian Rugby Football Union
The Asian Rugby Football Union (ARFU) is the governing body of rugby union in Asia under the authority of the International Rugby Board. Founded in 1968 by eight charter nations, the Union today has 29 member unions in countries across Asia, stretching from Kazakhstan to Guam.
The aim of ARFU 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."
Asian Sevens Series
|Top 15 Rankings as of 31 March 2014|
|14||United Arab Emirates||30.00||97|
|Based on the IRB World Ranking|
There are 27 member unions
17 Unions are full IRB members
6 Unions are associate IRB members
6 Unions are not affiliated with the IRB
- Note: 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, the United Arab Emirates Rugby Association, is already active and has its own national team. UAE became the 100th full member of the IRB in November 2012. 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 and Russia are members of the European body, FIRA - Association of European Rugby. Moreover, the recently formed Turkish Rugby Federation is expected to join FIRA as well. Conversely, Kazakhstan, which is administered by European associations in other sports (such as within the football governing body, FIFA) is administered as part of the ARFU. In addition, the ARFU includes Guam (the organized unincorporated territory of the United States), which is arguably not in Asia, but in Oceania, and one transcontinental country, Indonesia.
- President: Adisak Hemyoo, Thailand
- Vice President:
- Honorary Secretary General: Ross Mitchell, Hong Kong
- Treasurer: Dermot Agnew, Hong Kong
- IRB Representative:Jamie Scott
- Executive Committee:
(Officers are ex officio members of the EXCO)
(Jarrad Gallagher, IRB Development Officer for Asia)
- "ARFU (Asia) Rankings". Retrieved 7 May 2012.
- "UAE become 100th full member of the IRB". RTE. 27 November 2012. Retrieved 28 November 2012.