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Rugby: Hong Kong to host Asian Women’s Four Nations

Hosts Hong Kong (in blue) will host Singapore (in red), Japan and top seeds Kazakhstan in the Asian Women’s Four Nations, which will be held at Aberdeen Stadium from May 18-24. Photo: ARFU.

Hosts Hong Kong (pictured in blue) will host Singapore (in red), Japan and top seeds Kazakhstan in the Asian Women’s Four Nations, which will be held at Aberdeen Stadium from May 18-24. Photo: ARFU.

April 25, 2014: The Asian Women’s Four Nations championship will be held in Hong Kong from May 18-24 as the tournament marks its return to the continental rugby calendar, the Asian Rugby Football Union (ARFU) announced.

 

The Women’s Four Nations features Kazakhstan, Asia’s top-ranked 15s team, second-seeded Japan, Singapore and hosts Hong Kong, who will all play each other in a round-robin tournament at Aberdeen Stadium over three matchdays on May 18, 21 and 24.

 

Trevor Gregory, President of ARFU, said: “ARFU is excited to welcome the return of the Asian Women’s Four Nations to the calendar. This intensive competition will provide an important boost for women’s rugby and the region’s hopes for qualifying additional teams for the Women’s Rugby World Cup.”

 

The host unions and dates were also announced for the upcoming ARFU Asian Sevens Series, which will be held from August to October, a window that includes the Asian Games rugby sevens competition in South Korea.

 

Hong Kong (August 23-24), Kuala Lumpur (September 6-7) and Shanghai (October 18-19) have been confirmed as the tournament hosts for this year’s Asian Sevens Series. Hong Kong and Shanghai will host both men’s and women’s competitions, while the Kuala Lumpur Sevens will host men’s teams only.

 

The three ranking events on this year’s series will focus on the core teams, with 11 men’s teams invited to join the hosts in each destination. Women’s participation will vary from eight to 12 teams in each of the two tournaments.

 

“ARFU anticipates further growth in the competitiveness of Asia’s men’s and women’s sevens teams with this year’s Asian Sevens Series providing a perfect build-up to one of the highlights of the year’s rugby calendar, the Asian Games sevens competition this autumn,” Gregory said.

 

Asian Women’s Four Nations, Aberdeen Stadium, Hong Kong

May 18:           Japan v Singapore; Hong Kong v Kazakhstan

May 21:           Kazakhstan v Singapore; Hong Kong v Japan

May 24:           Hong Kong v Singapore; Kazakhstan v Japan

 

Asian Sevens Series

Aug 23-24:      Hong Kong Asian Sevens (men/women), Hong Kong

Sep 6-7:          Malaysia Sevens (men only), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Oct 18-19:       Shanghai Sevens (men/women), Shanghai, China

Nov 8-9:          Asian Crossover Sevens

 

Source: ARFU

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