2010 Asian Five Nations

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2010 Asian Five Nations
Date 24 April 2010 – 22 May 2010
Countries  Arabian Gulf rugby union team
 Hong Kong
 South Korea
Final positions
Champions  Japan (18th title)
Tournament statistics
Matches played 10
Website www.asian5nations.com

For divisional competitions, see: 2010 Asian Five Nations division tournaments

The 2010 Asian Five Nations, known as the 2010 HSBC Asian 5 Nations due to its sponsorship by HSBC, was the third series of the Asian Five Nations, the flagship competition devised by the International Rugby Board (IRB) to develop rugby union in Asia. The top five teams took part in a round-robin competition held on five consecutive weekends between 24 April and 22 May 2010, with each match hosted by one of the participants. Four other divisions operating on a single-elimination basis also took place, with a system of promotion and relegation between the four divisions and the main tournament.

The main tournament was contested by the Arabian Gulf rugby union team, Hong Kong, Japan, Kazakhstan and Korea. Japan maintained their unbeaten streak within the Asian Five Nations, winning the tournament for the third time in a row, with an average winning margin of over seventy points in their four games. As champions, they qualified for the 2011 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand. Kazakhstan, who placed second with two victories, qualified for the final place play-offs, where they were defeated by Uruguay. Hong Kong and the Arabian Gulf came third and fourth respectively, with two victories each, while Korea were relegated to Division One for the 2011 competition after failing to win a match.

Changes from 2009[edit]

  • Singapore has been replaced with Arabian Gulf, who earns promotion from Division 1.


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

Final Table[edit]

Relegated to Division One for 2011
Pos Nation Games Points Table points
Played Won Drawn Lost For Against Diff Tries Bonus Points Points
1  Japan 4 4 0 0 326 30 +296 50 4 24
2  Kazakhstan 4 2 0 2 94 173 −76 9 3 13
3  Hong Kong 4 2 0 2 65 133 −68 7 2 12
4  Arabian Gulf rugby union team 4 2 0 2 70 128 −61 7 0 10
5  South Korea 4 0 0 4 65 156 −91 9 3 3

Scoring System

  • Win – 5 Points
  • Draw – 3 Points
  • Loss – 0 Points
  • Bonus points for scoring four tries or for losing by no more than 7 points.


Home Score (Tries) Away Match Information
Date Venue
Hong Kong  32–8 (4–1)  South Korea 24-Apr-2010 Hong Kong FC Stadium, Hong Kong
Kazakhstan  43–28 (4–3)   Arabian Gulf rugby union team 24-Apr-2010 National University Stadium, Almaty
Arabian Gulf rugby union team   16–9 (1–0)  Hong Kong 30-Apr-2010 Bahrain Sports Club, Manama, Bahrain
South Korea  13–71 (1–11)  Japan 1-May-2010 Gyeongsang Rugby Stadium, Daegu
Japan  60–5 (10–1)   Arabian Gulf rugby union team 8-May-2010 Chichibunomiya Rugby Stadium, Tokyo
Hong Kong  19–15 (2–0)  Kazakhstan 8-May-2010 Hong Kong FC Stadium, Hong Kong
Arabian Gulf rugby union team   21–19 (2–3)  South Korea 14-May-2010 The Sevens, Dubai
Kazakhstan  7–101 (1–15)  Japan 15-May-2010 Chichibunomiya Rugby Stadium, Tokyo
Japan  94–5 (14–1)  Hong Kong 22-May-2010 Chichibunomiya Rugby Stadium, Tokyo
South Korea  25–32 (4–4)  Kazakhstan 22-May-2010 Incheon Munhak Stadium, Incheon


  • The Kazakhstan–Japan fixture was moved from Almaty to Tokyo.
  • The Arabian Gulf–Korea match was the last Test for the Arabian Gulf team.


Division 1

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