All India & South Asia Rugby Tournament

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All India & South Asia Rugby Tournament
Rugby Trophy.jpg
Champions Trophy of All India & South Asia Rugby Tournament
Sport Rugby union
Founded 1924
No. of teams 12
Country  India
Continent Asia
Most recent
champion(s)
Delhi Hurricanes (2017)
Most titles Bombay Gymkhana

The All India & South Asia Rugby Tournament is an amateur league competition for rugby union football clubs in India. The competition has been played since 1924. In 2017 ten teams took part in the men's edition, with Delhi Hurricanes securing the championship[1]. The 2016 tournament also saw the first women's XVs rugby competition, with six teams participating, and the championship going to the team from the Odisha Rugby Football Association.[2]

History[edit]

After the Calcutta Cup and rugby union in India became popular the Rugby Football Union decided to give Calcutta Cricket and Football Club a similar cup, which was named the All India & South Asia Rugby Tournament. The cup has been played every year since.

In 2011 the tournament started to gain some publicity and soon after the cup began Army Red emerged as champions.[3]

2016 Qualifying Teams[edit]

2016 Champions Army Red 83rd All India and South Asia Rugby Tournament
Actor and ex rugby player Rahul Bose is introduced to the players before the final of 83rd All India and South Asia Rugby Tournament
A Women's Rugby Match in progress during the All India and South Asia Rugby Tournament

In 2016 the All India & South Asia Rugby Tournament was held at CCFC between 17 - 24 September with 12 teams competing in the men's category.[4]

Team (Men's) Rank Location
Army Red 1 Mumbai
Bombay Gymkhana 2 Mumbai
Delhi Hurricanes 3 New Delhi
Maharashtra State Police 4 Maharashtra
Jungle Crows 5 Kolkata
Calcutta CFC 6 Kolkata
Bangalore RFC 7 Bangalore
Bhubaneswar RFC 8 Bhubaneswar
Young Rugby Club 9 Kolkata
Kolkata Police 10 Kolkata
Mumbai Magicians 11 Mumbai
Delhi Lions 12 Mumbai

For the first time women competed in a rugby XVs tournament, with six teams participating.[4]

Team (Women's) Pool Location
Jungle Crows A Kolkata
Young Rugby Club A Kolkata
Odisha A Odisha
Calcutta CFC B Kolkata
Bihar B Bihar
Delhi Lions B New Delhi

2015 Qualifying Teams[edit]

Team Location
Army Green Mumbai
Army Red Mumbai
Bombay Gymkhana Mumbai
Calcutta Cricket & Football Club Kolkata
Delhi Hurricanes New Delhi
Jungle Crows Kolkata
Kiss RFC Bhubaneswar
Bangalore RFC Bangalore
Maharashtra State Police Maharashtra
Kolkata Police Kolkata
Young Rugby Club Kolkata
Bhubaneswar RFC Bhubaneswar
Chhattisgarh RFC Chhattisgarh

Results[edit]

These are the list of champions of the All India & South Asia Rugby Tournament since 2000.

Men's All India & South Asia Rugby Tournament
Year
Winner Runner up Score
2000 Bombay Gymkhana
2001 Bombay Gymkhana Old Peterites SC Sri Lanka 34-24
2002 Bombay Gymkhana
2003 Sri Lanka Police SC Sri Lanka Bombay Gymkhana 19-17
2004 Chennai Cheetahs Bombay Gymkhana 12-3
2005 British Asian Rugby Association United Kingdom Bangalore RFC 27-3
2006 Chennai Cheetahs Kolkata Police 52-9
2007 Army Red Chennai Cheetahs 12-5
2008 Army Red Chennai Cheetahs
2009 Army Red Uzbekistan Uzbekistan 26-0
2010 Army Red Chennai Cheetahs 24-16
2011 Army Red Bombay Gymkhana 15-0
2012 Bombay Gymkhana Army Red 7-0
2013
Army Red and Bombay Gymkhana
10-10
2014 Army Red Delhi Hurricanes 18-0
2015 Army Red Bombay Gymkhana 17-5
2016 Army Red Delhi Hurricanes 18-5[5]
2017 Delhi Hurricanes Army Red 25-24[1]

Bombay Gymkhana have won the competition fifteen times, Army Red and La Martinière Old Boys eight times, Armenian Sports Club six times and Chennai Cheetahs twice.

These are the list of champions of the Women's All India & South Asia Rugby Tournament since its inaugural version in 2016.

Women's All India & South Asia Rugby Tournament
Year
Winner Runner up Score
2016 Odisha Delhi Hurricanes 20 - 0[2] [6]
2017 Delhi Hurricanes Odisha 19 - 0 [1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Sulogna Ghosh, Sehrish Hazarika. "Rugby - The final whistle blows at the 84th All India & South Asia Rugby Tournament at CC&FC" (T2). The Telegraph. Retrieved 3 November 2017. 
  2. ^ a b "Odisha Women's Team Wins 1st All India Rugby 15s Tournament". Incredible Orissa. Retrieved 13 October 2016. 
  3. ^ Ten teams for All India rugby tourney
  4. ^ a b "Twelve teams to compete in All India and South Asia Rugby Championships" (Sify News). IANS. 16 September 2016. Retrieved 13 October 2016. 
  5. ^ A Staff Reporter (25 September 2016). "Rahul's rugby dreams" (Kolkata). ABP. The Telegraph. Retrieved 4 October 2016. 
  6. ^ Deb, Rwitoban (16 October 2016). "Rugby - Men, women and a sport called rugby" (The Telegraph T2). ABP. Retrieved 27 October 2016.