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The 2020 National Spring Rugby League Competition, which was postponed due to the prevention of COVID-19 spread, has received the green light from the Korea Rugby Association. The competion will be held in Jindo-gun, Jeollanam-do for about 12 days from June 24 to July 5.
The event is being hosted by the Korea Rugby Association, organized by the Jeonnam Rugby Association, and sponsored by Jindo County and Jindo County Sports Council.
All competition participants must comply with the 2020 Korean Rugby Association Response Guidelines for the Prevention of Corona Viral Immunity-19. Further to this, an official event draw and opening ceremony will be not take place this year. Masks must be worn at all times within team ranks and on the team benches.
In addition, thorough preventive measures will be implemented, such as the registering of player names and no spitting (spreading of saliva) will be allowed.
If a suspected case occurs, the competition will be suspended at once and the affected squad must take self-isolation measures with immediate effect. The competition will be held without any attendance and will broadcast live on the Korean Rugby Association Facebook Page.
Issued by: Korea Rugby Association
We appreciate your support for the 2020 National Spring Rugby League, which was temporarily postponed due to the prevention of the spread of Covid-19. Also, please understand that this competition will be held with utmost regard for the health and safety of all rugby people.
- Grand Meeting: 2020 National Spring Rugby League Competition.
- Competition Period: June 24 – July 5, 2020 (12 days).
- Place of competition: Jindo County, South Jeolla Province (public playground).
- Application Closing: Wednesday, June 10, 2020 16:00 p.m. – The website of this association (competition participation system) Link – app.sports.or.kr
Complete the questionnaire and submit an e-mail (email@example.com) for each participant with the school principal’s confirmation. Please adhere to the application deadline.
- Meeting of Representatives: June 12, 2020 (Friday) 15:00 p.m. /Jindo Public Stadium Conference Room.
a) The registration process for competitors (athletes and coaches) must be completed before applying for participation.
b) Comply with the guidelines for responding to competitions hosted by the Korea Rugby Association to prevent the spread of Covid-19 infections (see the notice on the website).
- Always use hand sanitizer in the stadium.
- Entering the stadium (practice field) after temperature measurement.
- It is essential to wear a mask during the competition/training time.
- Active cooperation in testing and examination when finding unattended rugby bags and other gear.
c) It will be a non-attendance competition (live broadcast on Facebook).
* Refer to the attached document for the schedule, regulations, and guidelines for the competition.
* Whether or not the competition will be held may change depending on the trend of corona diffusion.
Asia Rugby, the Regional Association of World Rugby, has made a decision to further extend the cancellation of all competitions for this year to the end of the 3rd Quarter of 2020. That includes all competitions that were scheduled to be played from July 1st to September 30th.
The decision was made in consideration of the World Rugby guidelines player welfare and the safe return to rugby.
Asia Rugby President, Mr Qais Al Dhalai said …
The welfare and safety of players, fans and everyone working on the events is always Asia Rugby’s highest priority. This prudent decision has been taken to help protecting Asia Rugby community and the wider public.
He further added …
Our decision is based on the feedback from the Player Welfare and Medical Committee, who have followed the guidelines set by World Rugby on the safe return to rugby, the relevant public authorities and the prevailing local and global travel and health guidelines.
The latest decision was made on the back of the cancellation of all first and second quarter tournaments. The following tournaments have been affected:
Asia Rugby Championships
- Asia Rugby Championship Men: HK, South Korea and the Philippines – originally planned for May-June, 2020.
- Asia Rugby Men’s Division 2: Thailand, China, Pakistan, Chinese Taipei – originally planned for February 26th, 2020.
- 15s Rugby dates were never confirmed:
- Men’s Division 1
- Division 3 West
- Division 3 Central
- Division 3 East
- Division 3 ES
- Women’s Division 1 & 2
- Asia Rugby Under 19 Championship 1 and 2
Asia Rugby Member Unions
It remains to be seen if Asia Rugby member unions will go ahead with their scheduled 2020 competitions in light of this decision. In terms of local affairs, member unions have complete autonomy and can decide to go ahead with scheduled competitions, providing they adhere to World Rugby guidelines as set forth.
This is well demonstrated with the Korea Rugby Association’s decision to go ahead as planned with the country’s National Spring Rugby League, scheduled for the end of June 2020.
The World Rugby Landscape
In general, there is little doubt about the Covid-19 pandemic’s disastrous effect on the rugby landscape at present and the foreseeable future, both regional and global.
Medical guidelines from World Rugby have suggested no large crowds until a vaccine is available, which could be up to 18 months away. This will have a severe effect on union and club revenues, as already demonstrated by USA Rugby’s filing for bankruptcy. Down under, Rugby Australia faces losses of around $62K, having already laid off 75 per cent of its staff.
World Rugby has mention that the implications for all areas of rugby will be thoroughly worked through and solutions discussed and developed with the clubs and unions. The fact of the matter is that even if rugby returns in the near future, it will come too late to stop severe job losses at many unions worldwide.
Asia Rugby has yet to release information about financial losses suffered due to the cancellation of a host of regional tournaments but it has no doubt been fairly substantial.
Nevertheless, let’s hope that the Asia Rugby 2020 competition cancellations will be reversed in the 4th Quarter, even if limited crowds are allowed.
SOME rugby is better than no rugby.
The Busan Bandits Rugby Club (Busan Bandits RFC) and Busan Gaelic Football Club (Laochra Busan GAA) are hosting an Open Training Day at the Samnak Soccer Pitch, Sasang-gu (Directions below).
All are welcome…
Come and experience both Gaelic Football and Rugby Union.
Meet the teams, help grow our community AND HAVE FUN!
It’s all about fitness, learning new skills and team building. There will be NO contact for either sport.
The Open Training Day starts at 11am, finishes at 2pm and Pitch Side refreshments will be provided after training.
Please check out AND click on the map below for directions.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask using the ‘Your Comments‘ section in the form just below.
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You can watch all your rugby at the Wolfhound in Busan, including Six Nations, Rugby Championship and Super Rugby matches.
The Wolfhound Irish Pub and Restaurant has also been the main supporter of the Busan Bandits rugby club for a number of years, and is the “official clubhouse” of the team.
Wolfhound Irish Pub and Restaurant – Busan
You can watch the rugby on two different screens and there are two electronic dart boards, as well as one traditional dart board available for relaxation in between rugby matches.
The Wolfhound has been a favorite watering hole for travelers and locals alike – going all the way back to 2010.
They have a mouth-watering food menu as well as an extensive drinks menu available from 5pm week days and 11am on weekends. The drinks menu also include a number of local and foreign beers on tap.
If you are looking to watch the rugby, or just looking for a fun night out in Busan near Haeundae Beach, the Wolfhound is definitely the place to go. There is always a crowd of locals and travelers, good music to dance and listen to, and just has an all round great vibe.
The owners and staff are friendly and accommodating – just ask, and your restaurant needs will be attended to.
Rugby at the Wolfhound!
The Busan Bandits RFC hosted KERA 19 – 6 on Saturday, October 19th. It was the club’s second home tournament for the 2019 KERA league season. The Bandits welcomed the Seoul Survivors, Stars & Stripes Korea Military Rugby and the Ulsan Goblins.
The tournament was played on a wet pitch but the results were a fair reflection of the KERA season with the Seoul Survivors once again claiming the Joe Day Cup after losing it for two years.
KERA 19-6 Tournament Location and Directions
The KERA 19 – 6 tournament took place at the Samnak (삼락) Riverside Sports Park on a wet and soggy Soccer Pitch B (686, Samnak-dong, Sasang-gu, Busan-si) / 부산 사상생태공원 축구장B (부산광역시 사상구 삼락동 686).
Samnak Riverside Park Directions
- Get off at Sasang Station (Metro line 2) and go out exit 3.
- Walk about 15 minutes toward the Nakdong River, or get off Gwaebeop Renecite Station on the Busan-Gimhae Light Rail Transit line and cross the bridge leading to the park.
- When heading heading south on Nakdong Dae-ro, there is a turnoff to the left that leads to a small tunnel (4.2m clearance) under Gangbyeon Dae-ro.
- Take that turnoff and then turn left after exiting the tunnel.
- You will see the soccer pitch (B) on your right.
Click on the image for a live Google map
KERA 19-6 Match Day Schedule And Results
The KERA 19 – 6 match day schedule with results …
The Busan Bandits Year At A Glance
After failing to field a team during the last tournament, the Bandits put in a decent effort in their second home tournament of the season. They came away with a win against Ulsan and shared the spoils with the Stars & Stripes team. The match against the Survivors is one they would probably like to forget.
It was very much a bag of mixed fortunes kind of season for the Bandits. They were flying high for two consecutive years, with back-to-back KERA league championship wins and one Knock – Out Shield win.
As is the nature of expatriate rugby, some experienced personnel left Korean shores and the Bandits went into the 2019 season with a number of new and inexperienced players. A spate of injuries also didn’t contribute much to their cause.
That said, the Bandits for Life spirit lives on and they will no doubt be a force to be reckoned with in the near future.
The KERA 19 – 6 Social Event
The KERA 19 – 6 social event (prize-giving and speeches) was held at the Busan Bandits ‘clubhouse’, also known as The Wolfhound Irish Pub & Restaurant.
Presentations and speeches started at 6:30 pm and was followed by a Rugby World Cup 2019 quarter final as well as the usual social shenanigans.
The Wolfhound also screened all the quarter finals live throughout the weekend.
Thanks to the contribution of all involved, KERA 19 – 6 Busan was a great success. Next up is the KERA Knock-Out Shield 2019 tournament to be held in Daegu.