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18 rugby teams to compete in 2018 Gulangyu Cup on May 12

Updated: 2018-05-07
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The ten-a-side rugby tournament is scheduled for May 12th at the Gulangyu People's Stadium this year. The event is an annual rugby competition held on the scenic and historic Gulangyu Island since May 2009. It's a great chance for Xiamen locals to tour Gulangyu and enjoy a weekend of sport.
This year, the event is also called "Gulangyu Cup"; 16 men's rugby teams and two women's teams will slug it out in the competitive event.
This year's participating teams:
Xiamen Typhoons RFC 厦门台风橄榄球队
The Typhoons were officially formed in January 2009 from a group of enthusiasts who had been playing touch rugby together for several years and finally decided to get their act together. This gave rise to the inaugural Xiamen Gulangyu Rugby Tens, held in May 2009. Come 2018, they Typhoons are hosting their tenth installment of the Xiamen Tens, look forward to celebrating with all our China rugby friends.
The Typhoons consists of over twenty different nationalities. Many have never played rugby before, but all have been brought together by a common need to do some exercise between drinking sessions.


All China Outcasts

“We work for Mr. Tunstall as regulators.  We regulate any stealing of his property. We're damn good too.  He likes to hire runaways, derelicts, vagrant types. But you can't be any geek off the street, you gotta be handy with the steel, if you know what I mean, earn your keep.”
- Young Guns
Consisting of a rag tag bunch of misfit vagabonds that are unwanted by the mundane rugby clubs of China  The All China Outcasts welcome all the unwashed, the exiled, the lone wolves.  Heading out on Vets tours soon.
Beijing Aardvarks

The Aardvarks are Beijing’s most social rugby team! Started in 1999 by a bunch of students who missed playing rugby and some keen-to-learn Chinese friends, the Aardvarks have grown season by season. Comprised mainly of young professionals & students, the Aardvarks is all about meeting new friends, playing good rugby and having fun.
From newbies to pros, any experience level is welcome. The Beijing Aardvarks R.F.C can help to keep you fit, learn a new game or stay in game form. ?With regular training and players from all around the world, the camaraderie will go well beyond your time in Beijing.
Suzhou Late Knights
Located in Suzhou, the Venice of Asia,  The Late Knights have been established for five years. Building on a tradition of strong, no-nonsense Rugby they were unlucky in not placing in the SINO 10’s and were successful in their first tour to Beijing. With players from a range of ages, backgrounds and experience levels the Late Knights believe in developing a an inclusive club that welcomes all people that want to play and share a drink.
Fuzhou Tigers
Fuzhou Tigers RFC is the first club in the All China Cup League to have mainly Chinese players, whilst welcoming people from all nationalities.
Founded in 2010 with a men's and women's team equaling to just under 100 members, with an average of 30. The club is a multi-cultered and multi-national family.
From 2015-2017 the club as successfully hosted 3 Cross Strait Tournements in China, thus gaining wide public attention.
 Hangzhou Harlequins RFC
Hangzhou Harlequins RFC was established in 2006 by foreign expats who just couldn’t live without the joys of rugby. Initially the club’s founding fathers played touch rugby, before going full contact in 2008. Since then they have competed against many teams in competitions across China. Most of our players come from overseas, mainly Europe, southern Africa and Oceania, along with a few American Football players who’ve seen the error of their ways. As of 2018, the club consists of a senior Men’s team and a senior Women’s team (aptly named the Harlequeens), who spend most of the season participating in the East Sino 10s and 15s leagues. The club represents the international community of Hangzhou whilst promoting one of China’s rapidly growing sports through cooperation with Zhejiang Universities and various high schools within the province.
The club in the recent past has been sponsored by international companies such as Air Liquide and SDV but now are primarily sponsored by the private jet company Global Jet. We are also proud to be partnered with College B&R as our hospitality sponsor who provide a great venue for social events and represent a slice of home for many expats living in Hangzhou.
Shenzhen Dragons Rugby Club 深圳龙
The China Patent Office has ranked Shenzhen #1 this year for number of new patents issued. They don’t rank rugby teams but we’re pretty sure they’d put the Shenzhen Dragons at #1 too if they did. This Chinese, French, Russian and English-speaking crew rolls into Xiamen looking at exiting in another Cup semi-final. Since 2008 they’ve been a tournament team highlighting 10s and 7s events across Asia.
This year’s squad features the absolute best players from Europe (according to them) who have all come to China for business. The Dragons 15 a side squad already won the All China Cup a few years ago and have been since focusing on the upping their social game at tournaments just like the Xiamen 10s. So watch out for costumes, songs, and a few surprises.
Wuhan Baiji / Changzhou Giants
武汉白暨豚队 / 常州巨人队
The seasoned, established club, with traditions in hard, smash-mouth islander rugby, and the new kids on the block with fresh faced gap year students who play with an arrogance that belies their young years! The irresistible force meeting the immovable object. Wuhan Baiji. Changzhou Giants. Together we form – the Giant Baiji!
Big touring squad descending on Xiamen for the 10th Anniversary – here’s hoping it’s more like the 2016 debut of Baiji when the boys made the Cup Semis and less like 2017 Baiji when we were the first team eliminated in the teapot semi final!
Then, to hark back to your younger years for those old enough to remember (or care) – look out for a bunch of oddly shaped men in tight spandex and fluorescent headbands keen to “motivate” at the beach party!
Kunming Flying Tigers RFC
The Kunming Flying Tigers is Kunming's first ever rugby team. Created in 2011 under the initiative of a small group of rugby lovers it slowly grew larger along the years. With a lot of beginners trying rugby out for the first time, touch rugby was the best way to get people to enjoy the game while learning basics safely. Slowly, local Chinese players joined the team, as well as girls, and thanks to the impulse and support of dedicated team leaders, the team grew up to count more than 40 players today.
Qingdao Sharks Rugby Football Club
The Qingdao Sharks Rugby Football Club is located in Qingdao. This year is 20th anniversary since we were the first Rugby club in China from 1998.

We hold kinds of tournaments in Qingdao including schools students rugby tournament, China 15s rugby tournament and Qingdao international beach rugby tournament.
We have over 15 cooperation schools in Qingdao for many years.
Chengdu Pandas RFC
Since the club’s founding in 2006, the Pandas have built a reputation for their off-field antics, and China rugby has discovered that a trip out to Sichuan is a memorable experience (until the massive amounts of booze kick in). Panda hospitality includes spirited rugby on luscious green fields (be sure show up an hour late to account for the Panda time zone), more delicious Sichuan style cuisine than you can eat, and festivities that will make you smile devilishly while you reminisce as you soil your diapers while you receive your sponge bath in the nursing home.  The 2018 Chengdu Rugby Football Club brings physical play, to build off of 2017’s Wok Place Finish, that will be matched by the outrageousness of any afterparty they are a part of.  Welcome to Chengdu, home of the Pandas and Land of abundance.
Nanjing Rockets RFC
Nanjing Rockets Men’s Rugby Club established in 2012. Nanjing Rockettes Women’s Rugby Club established in 2016. Founding member of Sino East League. 2015 Xiamen Gulangyu 10’s Cup Champions.
Guangzhou Rams RFC
Hailing from South China’s first tier mega-city, the Rams have been the region’s premier rugby club for over 20 years. Whilst the city may not have the same pool of expats that you may find in Hong Kong or Shanghai, recent years have seen the Rams build a formidable squad which has become a permanent fixture on the China Rugby finals landscape. Touring across Asia to both sevens and tens tournaments, the Rams adopted the moniker ‘Playboys’ which almost certainly resulted from the teams legendary ability in the third half. From that nickname comes the stunning playing kit you will see gracing the Gulangyu People’s Stadium during the tournament.
Shanghai Rugby Football Club
Shanghai RFC Black return to Xiamen tens looking for their third back to back championship,  having taken the prize in 2017 and 2016.
Fresh from their run out in Hong Kong 10s, Shanghai will feature old stalwarts such as captain Caleb Balloch and Matt Holding while strengthened by the dynamism of fresh new faces such as Theo Le Floch,  Dan Eggleston and William Wedgwood. 
Xiamen 10s is a particular favourite in Shanghai RFC Black's calendar due to the competitive rugby,  spirit and of course carnival atmosphere on display. 
Beijing Ducks Rugby
Beijing Ducks was founded in 2017 with the vision of creating a platform for Chinese players in the local rugby 7s system to get involved in 15s club rugby and to provide an example in Beijing for other regions to create a more integrated 15s club rugby scene with both Chinese and non-Chinese players.
Shanghai Dolphins Rugby Club Introduction

Playing Colours: Sky and Deep Oceanic Blue covered in as many dolphins as possible

Since 2015, the Shanghai Dolphins have set the standard for social rugby in Shanghai. Arguably more committed to our pursuits away from the pitch, we welcome players of all standards from all over the world who enjoy and value the spirit of rugby. This year is our second at the Xiamen Gulangyu 10s and with our fine blend of French passion, Australian confidence, Argentinian style, Irish subtlety, and American reservation we know it won’t be the last invitation.

You’ll know where to find us: beneath the club flags and at the source of the glorious “in the ocean, the mighty ocean, the dolphin swims tonight” renditions. When you come over, just pray you don’t meet Bernard and if you do, beware of the slap.
Eastern Conquerors
Western Warriors

Women’s rugby in China has come a long way.  From a handful of girls training with the lads, today there are over a dozen clubs featuring fully developed women’s teams spread all across China.  Whether you play touch, 7s, 10s, or 15s, there’s a spot for everyone who is interested.  But don’t let these ladies fool you.  While this is a social barbarians match designed to showcase women’s rugby, they have their own tournament in Xiamen in November. Come on out in the fall to watch the best of women’s rugby In China and see just how fierce these ladies are!

2018 Gulangyu Cup International Rugby Clubs Tournament
8 a.m. to 6 p.m., May 12th, 2018
On the natural grass of the Gulangyu People's Stadium
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