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Cambodia to host A5N championship ties

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The Cambodian Rugby Federation has succeeded in its bid to host the three-team Division 5 championship of the 2012 HSBC Asian 5 Nations from June 26-30.

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According to the competition schedule released by the title sponsors HSBC and the event’s organising body, the Asian Rugby Football Union, Phnom Penh will stage the lowest rung of this prestigious tournament which stretches from the Elite Level down to the sixth tier.

The Cambodian national team, the Koupreys, will be up against Laos and Brunei in this triangular contest to be held at Old Stadium. The opening match on June 26 sees Cambodia face Brunei.

Laos then take on Brunei two days later before Cambodia meet Laos on June 30.

This year, the Asian 5 Nations competition will feature 34 matches in total involving 25 ARFU member unions in eight countries across the continent.

The Elite Group, which is made up of Japan, Hong Kong, UAE, Kazakhstan and Korea, will get into action in Hong Kong from April 27 to May 26.

The Philippines will host Sri Lanka, Singapore and Chinese Taipei in the four-team Division 1 competition from April 15 to 21.

Malaysia is the venue from both the Division 2 and 3 events.

While Malaysia, Thailand, Iran and China figure in the May 31 to June 2 Division 2 championship, India, Guam, Indonesia and Pakistan battle it out for Division 3 honours from May 30 to June 1.

The UAE will be the host for the Division 4 matches from April 25 to 27, involving Qatar, Jordan, Lebanon and Uzbekistan.

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