The men’s rugby seven-man team won the runner-up at the Asian Rugby Sevens Series held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE), and achieved the splendid achievement of advancing to the finals of the 2022 South African Rugby Seven-man World Cup.
According to the Korea Rugby Association on the 21st, in the first match of the qualifiers, Korea defeated Malaysia (40-7) and the Philippines (46-0), defeating Malaysia (40-7) and the Philippines (46-0), losing 7-14 to Hong Kong, the final opponent of the 2019 Olympic Asian final qualifier. 2nd place in the group advanced to the semi-finals.
The national rugby team won a thrilling victory 21-14 after a tight match against Japan, who advanced to the semi-finals with the first place in their opponent’s group, and finally secured a spot for the 2022 World Cup in South Africa, which is given two cards to Asia. It was also a valuable victory to humiliate the loss at the last Tokyo Olympics, and it is the first victory over Japan since 2017.
With this, our Korean rugby will once again be part of a world-class festival of rugby people for the first time in about 17 years since the Hong Kong Rugby Sevens World Cup in 2005, the last time we participated, and the 5th appearance in rugby after 1993, 1997, 2001 and 2005. was able to participate.
The national team, which achieved the goal of qualifying for the World Cup, had to be content with runner-up by giving young players a chance to experience in the final against Hong Kong (7-33, loss), but defeated the Japanese national team in an official match for the first time in five years In fact, it achieved the result of qualifying for the World Cup.
Choi Yoon, president of the Korea Rugby Association, who sent support from the locals, said, “I am delighted to announce to the public that I will participate in the World Cup in South Africa following the Tokyo Summer Olympics, where I participated for the first time in 100 years.
Park Wan-yong, captain of the men’s rugby seven-man national team, said, “In the semi-final against Japan, Korea changed from confidence that they could win when they tried first.” In the Inje World Cup, I will definitely bring victory to the people.”
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