IRB Rugby World Cup Asia Zone Qualifying 1998-1999

IRB Rugby World Cup 1999 Logo [References: 1[

Round C Table

RWC 1999 Asia Zone Qualifying Round CPWDLPFPAPts
Japan (Q)3300221259
South Korea3102104812
Chinese Taipei3102572272
Hong Kong310239882
[References: 2]

Round C Results

Home TeamAway Team
Chinese Taipei6Japan134
Chinese Taipei21South Korea81
Chinese Taipei30Hong Kong12
Hong Kong7Japan47
Hong Kong20South Korea11
South Korea12Japan40
[References: 2[

Round B Table

RWC 1999 Asia Zone Qualifying Round BPWDLPFPAPts
Chinese Taipei (P)220085406
Sri Lanka210164494
[References: 2]

Round B Results

Home TeamAway Team
Malaysia15Sri Lanka37
Chinese Taipei51Malaysia13
Sri Lanka27Chinese Taipei31
[References: 2]

Round A Table

RWC 1999 Asia Zone Qualifying Round APWDLFAPts
Sri Lanka (P)220048304
[References: 2]

Round A Results

Home TeamAway Team
Thailand15Sri Lanka30
Sri Lanka18Singapore15
[References: 2]

Byes to Rounds B and C

TeamBye to Round
JapanRound C
Hong KongRound C
South KoreaRound C
Chinese TaipeiRound B
MalaysiaRound B
[References: 2]


The Seven Asia Zone Qualifying teams played three Rounds to decide the team to represent Asia at the 1999 Rugby World Cup. Sri Lanka progressed from Round A after wins over Thailand and Singapore, and in Round B nearly pulled off a shock, defeating Malaysia and narrowly losing (27-31) to Chinese Taipei, who went through to Round C having won convincingly over Malaysia. There they met Japan, South Korea and Hong Kong, and despite a shock win over Hong Kong were completely outclassed by both South Korea and Japan, losing 6-134 to the latter in the biggest score and highest margin of victory in the qualifying tournament. Japan went on to Qualify with easy wins over Hong Kong and South Korea, who despite losing to Hong Kong went through to the Repechage Tournament by virtue of their 81-21 win over Chinese Taipei.



[1] DW Design & Print (2019) 1999 [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 4 September 2020]


[2] Smith, Bruce (1999) “The Qualifying Tournament: Asia Zone” Rugby World Cup 1999 Pocket Guide. Pg. 202-203. Collins Willow, Glasgow. 1999.


Thanks to Richard Declan Mulcahy, Nora Mulcahy & Vinny Kingston

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