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Rugby League Asian Cup


Rugby League Asian Cup

Rugby League Asian Cup
Current season or competition:
2012 Rugby League Asian Cup
Sport Rugby league football
Instituted 2012
Number of teams 2
Region Asia-Pacific (APRLF)
Holders Philippines (2012)

The Rugby League Asian Cup is a rugby league football tournament for Asian nations that was first held in 2012. The tournament was first started in 2012, with the Philippines and Thailand playing each other once. It is run by the Asia-Pacific Rugby League Confederation and the Trophy itself was donated[1] by the RLIF.


  • History 1
  • Trophy 2
  • Format 3
    • Future 3.1
  • Results 4
    • Asian Cup summaries 4.1
    • Successful national teams 4.2
  • Records and statistics 5
    • Overall Championships 5.1
    • Overall top 5 pointscorers 5.2
    • Asian Cup winning captains and coaches 5.3
  • See also 6
  • External links 7
  • References 8


On October 21, 2012 the Philippines Tamaraws defeated the Thailand Stars to win the inaugural Rugby League Asian Cup.[2]

On October 23, 2013 the Philippines Tamaraws defeated the Thailand Stars to win the second Rugby League Asian Cup.[3]


Captain of the winning Philippines team, Luke Srama holding the trophy at the inaugural Asian Cup in 2012.

On October 21, 2012, after beating Thailand in the Asian Cup final, Philippines captain Luke Srama was presented with the first Asian Cup trophy. Srama was also presented with a Friendship Cup as a good gesture between the two teams.


The format of the inaugural Rugby League Asian Cup involved a one off match held in Bangkok between Thailand and the Philippines to decide the champion of the tournament.


It is expected in the future editions of the Asian Cup that the Japan national rugby league team will compete in the tournament. It is also hoped that other Asian nations will compete in the future.

Singapore has accepted an invitation to compete in the 2014 version of the Asia Cup, to be held in Japan.


Asian Cup summaries

Year Host nation(s) Teams Final result Final details
Winner Score Runner-up Venue Attendance
Thailand 2
86 - 0
Royal Thai Police Stadium, Bangkok 150
Philippines 2
46 - 10
Philippine Merchant Marine Academy Stadium, San Narciso, Zambales 1500

Successful national teams

The Philippines is the only nation to have won the Asian Cup.

The following list, are all the teams that have competed in the Asian Cup tournament since its inception; the number of times they have appeared; their most recent appearance; consecutive appearances and their highest result:
Nation Number of appearances First appearance Most recent appearance Most consecutive cups Best result
 Philippines 2 2012 2013 2 Champion, 2012 and 2013
 Thailand 2 2012 2013 2 Runner-up, 2012 and 2013

Records and statistics

Overall Championships

Championships Nation
1 Philippines

Overall top 5 pointscorers

Points Scorers
16 Matt Srama
16 William Dreves
12 Kevin Gordon
12 Dennis Gordon
8 Luke Srama
8 Brett Clarke

Asian Cup winning captains and coaches

Year Captain Coach Team
2012 Luke Srama Clayton Watene

See also

External links

  • Rugby League International Federation


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  2. ^ Rea, Marie (27 October 2012). "PAL Tamaraws’ Inaugural Asian Cup Win in Thailand". Ausinformer. Retrieved 15 December 2012. 
  3. ^ "Philippines Tamaraws Back to Back RL Asian Cup Champions - Match Report". 23 October 2013. Retrieved 26 October 2013. 
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