2008 Asian Five Nations

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2008 Asian Five Nations
Date 26 April 2008 – 24 May 2008
Countries  Arabian Gulf
 Hong Kong
 Japan
 Kazakhstan
 South Korea
Final positions
Champions  Japan (16th title)
Tournament statistics
Matches played 10
Website www.asian5nations.com
2007
2009

For divisional competitions, see: 2008 Asian Five Nations division tournaments

The 2008 Asian Five Nations, known as the 2008 HSBC Asian 5 Nations due to its sponsorship by HSBC, was the inaugural series of the newly formatted Asian rugby union tournament, the Asian Five Nations. It is the flagship competition devised by the International Rugby Board to develop the sport in the Asian region. Ten matches were played over five weekends from 26 April to 24 May, with Japan winning all four of their games to become the first Asian Five Nations champions on 18 May 2008.

Scoring system: 5 points for a win, three for a draw, one bonus point for being within seven points of the winning team, and one for four tries.

Teams[edit]

The teams involved, with their world rankings pre tournament, were:

Final table[edit]

Position Nation Games Points Table points
Played Won Drawn Lost For Against Difference Tries Bonus Points Points
1  Japan 4 4 0 0 310 58 +252 48 4 24
2  South Korea 4 3 0 1 150 104 +46 14 3 18
3  Hong Kong 4 2 0 2 96 154 -58 11 1 11
4  Kazakhstan 4 1 0 3 100 172 -72 11 2 7
5  Arabian Gulf 4 0 0 4 65 233 -139 6 1 1

Fixtures[edit]

Date Match Result Venue
26-Apr-2008 Korea - Japan 17 - 39 Munhak Stadium, Incheon
26-Apr-2008 Arabian Gulf - Hong Kong 12 - 20 Al Ain
03-May-2008 Japan - Arabian Gulf 114 - 6 Kintetsu Hanazono Rugby Stadium, Osaka
03-May-2008 Hong Kong - Kazakhstan 23 - 17 Hong Kong
09-May-2008 Arabian Gulf - Korea 20 - 43 Al Arabi Stadium, Doha
11-May-2008 Kazakhstan - Japan 6 - 82 Almaty
18-May-2008 Japan - Hong Kong 75 - 29 Tohoku Denryoku Big Swan Stadium, Niigata
18-May-2008 Korea - Kazakhstan 40 - 21 South Korea
24-May-2008 Kazakhstan - Arabian Gulf 56 - 27 Taldykorgan
24-May-2008 Hong Kong - Korea 24 - 50 King's Park, Hong Kong

Report on JRFU website


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