Rugby League Asian Cup
|Rugby League Asian Cup|
|Current season or competition:
2013 Rugby League Asian Cup
|Sport||Rugby league football|
|Number of teams||2|
The Rugby League Asian Cup is a rugby league football tournament for Asian nations that was first held in 2012. The tournament was first started in 2012, with the Philippines and Thailand playing each other once. It is run by the Asia-Pacific Rugby League Confederation and the Trophy itself was donated by the RLIF.
On October 21, 2012 the Philippines Tamaraws defeated the Thailand Stars to win the inaugural Rugby League Asian Cup. and on October 23, 2013 the Philippines again defeated Thailand at the second Asian Cup.
On October 21, 2012, after beating Thailand in the Asian Cup final, Philippines captain Luke Srama was presented with the first Asian Cup trophy. Srama was also presented with a Friendship Cup as a good gesture between the two teams.
It is expected in the future editions of the Asian Cup that the Japan national rugby league team and Singapore will compete in the tournament. It is also hoped that other Asian nations will compete in the future. Japan has planned hosting the tournament in 2014 
Asian Cup summaries
|Year||Host nation(s)||Teams||Final result||Final details|
|86 - 0||
|Royal Thai Police Stadium, Bangkok||150|
|44 - 10||
|Philippine Merchant Marine Academy Stadium, San Narciso, Zambales||2000|
Successful national teams
The Philippines is the only nation to have won the Asian Cup.
The following list, are all the teams that have competed in the Asian Cup tournament since its inception; the number of times they have appeared; their most recent appearance; consecutive appearances and their highest result:
|Nation||Number of appearances||First appearance||Most recent appearance||Most consecutive cups||Best result|
|Philippines||2||2012||2013||2||Champion, 2012 and 2013|
|Thailand||2||2012||2013||2||Runner-up, 2012 and 2013|
Records and statistics
As of the 2013 edition
Overall top 5 pointscorers
As of the 2012 edition
Asian Cup winning captains and coaches
As of the 2013 edition
|2012||Luke Srama||Clayton Watene|
|2013||Luke Srama||Clayton Watene|
- Rugby League International Federation
- RLIF World Rankings
- List of International Rugby League Teams
- European Cup
- Mediterranean Cup
- Pacific Cup
- Asian Rugby League Federation
- Rea, Marie (27 October 2012). "PAL Tamaraws’ Inaugural Asian Cup Win in Thailand". Ausinformer. Retrieved 15 December 2012.
- "Philippines Tamaraws Back to Back RL Asian Cup Champions - Match Report". 23 October 2013. Retrieved 26 October 2013.