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Asian Rugby Football Union
Formation 1968
Type Sports federation
Headquarters Hong Kong
Membership 25 unions
President Adisak Hemyoo (Thailand)

The Asian Rugby Football Union (ARFU) is the governing body of rugby union in Asia under the authority of the International Rugby Board. Founded in 1968 by eight charter nations, the Union today has 25 member nations in countries across Asia, stretching from Kazakhstan to Guam.

The aim of ARFU is: "to raise physical and moral standards in Asia by education in the healthy pursuit of Rugby Football and to promote friendship among Asian countries."



The ARFU supports regional and pan-Asian tournaments including the newly founded Asian Five Nations competition, women's, men's, and under 19's tournaments in sevens and fifteen-a-side rugby.

Member Nations

In addition, there is a transnational union, called somewhat controversially "the Arabian Gulf", and which takes in members of the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait. It is due to be split up in 2011.

Several governing bodies which administer partially, or largely Asian countries, such as Rugby Federation of Armenia, Cyprus Rugby Federation, Georgia Rugby Union, Israel Rugby Union and Rugby Union of Russia are members of FIRA, the European body. The Turkish Rugby Federation is of recent origin, but is expected to join FIRA too.

In addition, the ARFU includes one country, Guam, which is arguably not Asian, but Oceanian, and one transcontinental country, Indonesia.

ARFU Officers

  • President Adisak Hemyoo, Thailand
  • Vice President Trevor Gregory, Hong Kong
  • Honorary Secretary General Ross Mitchell, Hong Kong
  • Treasurer Dermot Agnew, Hong Kong
  • IRB Representative Noboru Mashimo, Japan
  • Executive Committee:
  • Cui Zhiqiang, China
  • William Ryan, Indonesia
  • Choi Won-Tae, South Korea
  • Koji Tokumasu, Japan

(Officers are ex officio members of the EXCO)

(Jarrad Gallagher, IRB Development Officer for Asia)

See also

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