2003–04 ARFU Asian Rugby Series

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1st Asian Rugby Series
Tournament details
Date 18 April 2003–
30 June 2004
No. of nations 12 countries
Final positions
Champions  South Korea
Runner-up  Japan
Tournament statistics
Matches played 30
2005

The 2003–04 ARFU Asian Rugby Series was the first edition of a tournament created by Asian Rugby Football Union for national teams.

The formula was in two step. The 12 teams were divided in three pool of three, then, accordind the results of the first round, in four pool in order to define the ranking.

First round[edit]

Pool A[edit]

18 April 2003
Sri Lanka  25 - 48 Arabian Gulf

20 April 2003
Arabian Gulf 5 - 79  Japan XV

22 April 2003
Sri Lanka  8 - 36  Japan XV

11 October 2003
Sri Lanka  22 - 36  Hong Kong

19 October 2003
Japan A Japan 90 - 5  Hong Kong
Heidawai Stadium, Fukuoka

9 May 2004
Hong Kong  12 - 5 Arabian Gulf

Ranking: 1. Japan 2. Hong Kong 3. Arabian Gulf 4. Sri Lanka

Pool B[edit]

21 June 2003
Malaysia  0 - 54  Taiwan

21 June 2003
Singapore  71 - 0  India

24 June 2003
Malaysia  20 - 13  India

28 June 2003
Singapore  31 - 13  Malaysia

28 June 2003
India  10 - 61  Taiwan

6 December 2003
Taiwan  19 - 6  Singapore

Ranking: 1. Chinese Taipei 2. Singapore 3. Malaysia 4. India

Pool C[edit]

12 October 2003
Kazakhstan  56 - 17  Thailand


16 October 2003
China  37 - 10  Kazakhstan

20 October 2003
South Korea  45 - 19  Kazakhstan

16 November 2003
Thailand  23 - 34  China

18 November 2003
South Korea  63 - 9  China


20 November 2003
Thailand  8 - 68  South Korea


Ranking: 1. South Korea 2. China 3. Kazakhstan 4. Thailand

Final round[edit]

"Gold" (1st-3rd place)[edit]

9 May 2004
Taiwan  9 - 67 Japan Junior Japan

16 May 2004
Japan  19 - 19  South Korea


22 May 2004
South Korea  99 - 18  Taiwan

Ranking :

Plate (4th-6th places)[edit]

22 May 2004
Singapore  14 - 47  Hong Kong

5 June 2004
Hong Kong  27 - 9  China

12 June 2004
China  24 - 24  Singapore

Ranking :

Bowl (7th-9th place)[edit]

9 April 2004
Arabian Gulf 14 - 13  Kazakhstan


7 May 2004
Malaysia  3 - 48 Arabian Gulf

15 May 2004
Kazakhstan  44 - 19  Malaysia


Ranking :

Shield (10th-12th place)[edit]

22 June 2004
Sri Lanka  54 - 17  India

26 June 2004
Thailand  86 - 12  India

30 June 2004
Sri Lanka  35 - 14  Thailand