Thailand national rugby union team
The Thailand national rugby union team represents Thailand in international rugby union. Thailand have yet to make their debut at the Rugby World Cup, but have been playing in qualifying tournaments since the 1999 Rugby World Cup in Wales.
Thailand played their first ever rugby international in 1970. Thailand first attempted to qualify for a World Cup in 1999 when Wales was the host. They competed in Round 1 of the Asia qualifying tournament, winning and losing one match; seeing them finish second in the final standings, and knocking them out of contention to qualify. For the 2003 Rugby World Cup in Australia, Thailand participated in Pool B of the Asia qualification tournament, but finished third in the standings after losing both of their fixtures.
Thailand attempted to qualify for the 2007 Rugby World Cup in France as well, and were grouped with Sri Lanka and Singapore. However they lost both of their fixtures and did not advance to the next stage.
Within the Asian Five Nations, they competed in the inaugural 2008 HSBC Asian Five Nations in Division Two. After winning all their matches, they will play in the First Division for the 2009 event, taking the place of the Chinese team, (which withdrew due to visa problems) Sri Lanka who finished last stay in Division One because of this.
Rugby World Cup record
- 1987 - No qualifying tournament held
- 1991 - 1995 - Did not enter
- 1999 - 2011 - Did not qualify
Squad to 2012 Asian Five Nations - Division 3