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Singapore, 18 July 2013 – After a 14-year hiatus, Singapore will once again be playing host to the Asian Tri-Nations tournament. The second edition of the tournament will see Team Singapore pitting its skills and tenacity against Asian rugby powerhouses Hong Kong and Chinese Taipei, as the three nations vie for the much-coveted Tri-Nations Cup.

The inaugural Asian Tri-Nations tournament took place before the turn of the millennium in 1999, where Singapore lost narrowly to Hong Kong. Despite the loss, the 12-0 score line was testament to the development of Singapore’s rugby scene even then, when compared to the nation’s heavy loss to the same foes in 1994. At the time, this improvement was attributed to strong growth in the local coaching scene as well as the level of skills and abilities of Singapore players. The 1999 tournament also showcased the true grit of Singapore’s players as they soldiered through a tough match to notch the Republic’s first win over Chinese Taipei in 10 years.

It has been more than a decade since the birth of the tournament, and the return of the competition marks the revival and re-branding of the Asian Tri Nations, slated to be the highlight of an exciting month of rugby activities. August, aptly dubbed as the ‘Rugby Super Month’, kicks off its first weekend with the Inaugural Global IRB Medical Educators course. Medical professionals, from around the region and Singapore involved in Rugby will undergo the course conducted by Dr. Andy Smith and Ms. Lucy Clarke.

Upon completion of this course, participants will be certified as educators who will be able to deliver both the IRB Medical Level 1 Course – First Aid & IRB Medical and Level 2 Course – Immediate Care in Rugby in their respective unions. The participants of this courses hail from South Korea, Iran, UAE, Korea, Malaysia and of course, Singapore. Key pointers on how to deal with on-field injuries, basic rehabilitative treatment and emergency procedures will be taught to participants, arming them with the competencies and medical proficiencies needed to render crucial support to players when called upon.

Following the course, the Singapore Rugby Union will also conduct certification on level 1 and level 2 First Aid in Rugby and Pitch Side Care. The participants of these courses hail from South Korea, Iran, UAE, Korea, Malaysia and Singapore. This string of courses will conclude with a National Level 3 Coaching Course to be held in tandem with a Match Officials course. Rugby clinics will also be conducted by players from the three national teams.

Graduates from the courses, with their newly minted skill sets, will be putting their knowledge to good use when the Asian Tri-Nations officially kick off on the 18th of August. The schedule of games, all of which will be held at the Yio Chu Kang Stadium, are as follows:
Sunday, 18 August, 4.00pm : Singapore vs. Hong Kong A
Wednesday, 21 August, 5.30pm : Chinese Taipei vs. Hong Kong A
Saturday, 24 August, 6.00pm : Singapore vs. Chinese Taipei

Given its status as an International Test Match, the face-off between Singapore and Chinese Taipei on 24th August will provide the perfect high-powered finale to the Asian Tri-Nations. The outcome of this match will eventually affect World rankings of the two nations, where a victory for Singapore will move them from their current ranking of 58 to 56, leap-frogging Chinese Taipei and Philippines in the process. Hong Kong will be sending the A squad which will include up and coming players from their domestic league and youth development. As such, all Hong Kong games will not be full international test matches.

Rejuvenated from its recent victory against archrivals Malaysia, and the battle for a promotion to Division 1 of the Asian 5 Nations, which takes effect from next year, the Singapore team is raring to go and keen to put up another good show at the Asian Tri-Nations tournament. Bolstered by a fresh crop of young local talents scouted from the Singapore Rugby Union Standard Chartered Bank Rugby Academy, the boys are eager to stamp their authority on a game ruled by fiery passion.

Spectators will also see the likes of Gaspar Tan, Singapore’s most capped player, unleashing his fearsome tackles and dizzying runs amongst his overseas counterparts. The team’s youngest players, 22-year-old Alvin Ho and 21-year-old Hasif Azman, took the positions as “prop” which is typically reserved for more experienced players. These two young starlets earned this honor with their outstanding performances in recent competitions. 

Fans of rugby, friends as well as family will be able to enjoy a wide range of activities at the Yio Chu Kang Stadium during the Tri-Nations as the venue will be transformed into a mini “Games Village”. A good variety of food, drinks and fringe events awaits the audience of the Asian Tri-Nations Tournament. 

Ticket sales begin on 1 August 2013 and ticket prices are:




3-Day Pass



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Tickets are available for sale at the Singapore Rugby Union, 900 Tiong Bahru Road
Delta Swimming Complex Singapore 158790. Tel: + 65 6476 7377

For the latest information on the Tri-Nations tournament, please visit this link.
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