Rugby League Asian Cup

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Rugby League Asian Cup
Current season or competition:
2013 Rugby League Asian Cup
Sport Rugby league football
Instituted 2012
Number of teams 2
Region Asia-Pacific (APRLF)
Holders Philippines Philippines (2012)

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[1] by the RLIF.


On October 21, 2012 the Philippines Tamaraws defeated the Thailand Stars to win the inaugural Rugby League Asian Cup.[2] and on October 23, 2013 the Philippines again defeated Thailand at the second Asian Cup.[3]


Captain of the winning Philippines team, Luke Srama holding the trophy at the inaugural Asian Cup in 2012.

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.


The format of the inaugural Rugby League Asian Cup involved a one off match held in Bangkok between Thailand and the Philippines to decide the champion of the tournament.


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 [4]


Asian Cup summaries[edit]

Year Host nation(s) Teams Final result Final details
Winner Score Runner-up Venue Attendance
Thailand 2
86 - 0
Royal Thai Police Stadium, Bangkok 150
Philippines 2
44 - 10
Philippine Merchant Marine Academy Stadium, San Narciso, Zambales 2000

Successful national teams[edit]

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[edit]

Overall Championships[edit]

As of the 2013 edition

Championships Nation
2 Philippines Philippines

Overall top 5 pointscorers[edit]

As of the 2012 edition

Points Scorers
16 Philippines Matt Srama
16 Philippines William Dreves
12 Philippines Kevin Gordon
12 Philippines Dennis Gordon
8 Philippines Luke Srama
8 Thailand Brett Clarke

Asian Cup winning captains and coaches[edit]

As of the 2013 edition

Year Captain Coach Team
2012 Luke Srama Clayton Watene Philippines
2013 Luke Srama Clayton Watene Philippines

See also[edit]

External links[edit]