Social rugby in Asia is incredibly popular and fast growing. Although traditionally many clubs have been formed by expats from countries where rugby is seen as traditionally more popular (UK and Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa), the mix of players and standards at social clubs throughout the continent are increasing.
Another important factor is the rise of local players from the respective Asian countries as well as a higher number of impactful youth rugby programs, often started by passionate rugby volunteers who are eager to share their experience and love of the game. It’s also important to note there are far more female players playing the sport in Asia.
In addition, the Tens format of rugby has ensured that almost everyone can still play, offering a perfect balance between the athleticism that 7s rugby requires and the problem faced with lack of numbers to field XVs teams.
Lastly, touch rugby (touch, touch-footy) is also ever expanding throughout Asia and offers a less physical introduction to rugby for youths and senior players who may want to venture into contact rugby or stay with the touch format of the game.
RugbyAsia247 will increasingly over time add a database of social rugby clubs in Asia as well as the growing number of rugby tournaments that take place in Asia.