The sport of rugby is exploding, both in China and across Asia – this is true for the women’s game as well as the men’s. As a club we aim to be at the forefront of women’s rugby development in the region: we’ve developed close links with other established teams, including the Shanghai Sharks and The Seoul Sisters, and we are currently helping to develop the schedule of competitive rugby available each season. Here’s an overview of our planned events for 2010:
The Shanghai Rugby For All 7s
In May 2010 Shanghai Sharks co-ordinated and hosted the women’s section of this competition, with Shanghai, Seoul, Shangrou and the Devils competing in a gruelling round robin schedule. Over the course of four games we triumphed over Shangrou and Seoul, finishing runners up to the hosts, who proved to be worthy winners. We’re keen to improve upon our runner up status next year though!
We’re fortunate to have great relations with the ISB and Nong Da University women’s rugby teams, both of whom provide us with stiff competition here in Beijing – we ai for one game per month excluding tours and tournaments. In November 2010 we hope to host a tournament which will be attended by the local teams as well as our contacts throughout China.
The Beijing Devils Ice-Breaker Rugby Tournament
The Ice-Breaker tournament takes attracts teams from around Asia to compete in a 15 a-side tournament in Beijing every March. The tournament is a real social event: played over a single day, it involves men’s and women’s rugby and is followed by a huge banquet for both participants and supporters.
Beijing Devils Mixed Touch Rugby
Our mixed touch rugby section runs spring and autumn leagues, with a number of tournaments throughout the year taking place in such destinations as Hong Kong, Malaysia and Shanghai. The Beijing Devils currently has two mixed touch rugby teams competing in the league. One of these two, the Randy Pandas (by name only) were victorious in the spring competition and hope to retain their champion status during the autumn.