Asian Five Nations
The Asian Five Nations (also mentioned in connection with the main sponsor HSBC HSBC Asian Five Nations ) are taking place every year since 2008 tournament in rugby union, to participate in the five national teams from Asia. The winner of the tournament is regarded as the unofficial champions of Asia, the Last descends to a lower Division and is replaced by a different team.
The introduced in 2008 and organized by the Asian Rugby Football Union tournament includes all 25 existing teams in Asia, which are divided into different divisions. There is the opportunity to rise through the first-place achievement for all teams in the first, second and third division. Below the top four divisions, there are regional tournaments, however, in which participants get a chance to rise because they are qualitatively still too far behind other nations.
On 21 February 2008, the International Rugby Board announced that finds its place in the rugby calendar in April another great tournament. The IRB promised by the introduction of the Asian Five Nations, which is based on the European version of the Six Nations, a further development of the sport in Asia. The games are being broadcast live on television in the Asian region.
The tournament is part of the qualification process for the World Cup 2011. The winner of the match in 2010 Asia will be represented in the most important tournament for rugby union teams.
For the 2009 edition, a third division was introduced, in which the winners of the regional tournaments playing against each other.
At the 2013 edition of the following national teams take part:
Top 5 (April / May):
- Japan Japan
- Hong Kong Hong Kong
- Flag of South Korea South Korea
- Philippines Philippines
- United Arab Emirates United Arab Emirates
The tournament winner is determined according to the principle of each in four rounds against each other.
The distribution of points according to the following system:
- 5 points for a win
- 3 points for a draw
- 0 points for a loss (before possible bonus points )
- 1 bonus point for four or more successful attempts, regardless of the Final
- 1 bonus point for a loss by fewer than seven points difference game