Asia 7s Trophy Rugby 2019
The Asia 7s Rugby Trophy is the second tier of the sevens rugby nations in Asia. The winners of both the women’s and men’s Asia sevens Trophy qualify to play in the main Asia Rugby Sevens Series the following year. In 2019, 16 Asian countries are being represented at the Asia 7s Trophy in Jakarta, Indonesia.
Asia Rugby Men’s Sevens Trophy
The men’s tournament in 2018 was played in Singapore and featured 13 teams.
The United Arab Emirates were the champions last year, beating Singapore in the final. Malaysia was relegated to this year’s Trophy Series after finishing last in the Asia Sevens Series in 2018.
Malaysia 7s men’s head coach, Saizul Hafifi Coach recently told Ragbi Online “We want to win the Asia Trophy. We want to get the promotion, to play in the Asia Series again.”
In addition, he thought that South East Asia teams, Thailand and Singapore would be the strongest contender for the title. All 3 national teams played a series in Thailand recently, which Malaysia won.
(Men’s teams and groups update 8th August* based on info from Asia Rugby)
Asia Rugby Women’s Sevens Trophy
In 2018 Brunei hosted the ladies Series which featured 10 teams; Brunei, Guam, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines and Uzbekistan.
Brunei Women’s Rugby made their international debut at the Asia Rugby Women’s Seven Trophy last year, while the Malaysian ladies won the 7s tournament to gain promotion to the main Asia Sevens Series. The full results can be seen here. It looks as if the Brunei ladies are not competing in 2019.
The Indian teams (men and women) also embarked for Indonesia this week. Head Rugby Coach Ludwuiche Van Deventer said in an official statement “I am extremely proud of the players and the level of commitment they have shown in the lead up to the tournament. I am confident in the team’s abilities and positive that they will make India proud with their performance at the Asian Championships in Jakarta.”
There are also nine women’s teams competing in the Asia Sevens Trophy 2019 in Jakarta split into three pools. Korea has been seeded first while the Philipines ladies are seeded second.
The Philippines “Lady Volcanoes” are “determined to surpass its silver medal finish last year as the winner of the tournament will be promoted to the top tier Asia Rugby Women’s Series said reported Rappler. They will be keen to have a great series in the build-up to hosting the SEA Games in December.
Updated based on information releases by Asia Rugby 8th August
- Chinese Taipei
- Philippines (#2 seed)
- South Korea (#1 seed)
SEA Games 2019
All of the SEA teams are also keeping the SEA Games 2019 in their sights, which will be played in the Philippines from December 7 to 8 at the Clark Parade Grounds. You can read more about all the national 7s Asian rugby Series in 2019.
Where can I watch the Asia Rugby 7s Trophy 2019?
- Venue: GBK Rugby Field, Jakarta, Indonesia
- Date: 10-11 August 2019