China national rugby union team
The China national rugby union team represents the People's Republic of China in international rugby union. China have yet to make their debut at the Rugby World Cup, but attempted to qualify in both 2003 and 2007.
|Union||Chinese Rugby Football Association|
|Singapore 33-3 China|
(1 November 1997)
| China 74-17 India|
(26 June 2019)
| South Korea 100-3 China|
(9 September 2006)
China play their home games in shirts of amber and red with the Chinese flag in the right chest and the away strip is a red shirt with amber sleeves, the red flag is not so clear but still on the away strip being the same colour as the shirt.
The national side is ranked 80th in the world (as of 29 July 2019).
China attempted to qualify for the 2003 Rugby World Cup in Australia, taking part in the Asia qualifying tournaments. They started in Pool C of Round 1, playing matches against Sri Lanka and Kazakhstan. Played in April, China lost 9-7 to Sri Lanka, and then defeated Kazakhstan 57-15. They finished at the top of the final standings due to a better points difference, and advanced to Round 2. However, they were knocked out in Round 2, losing both their fixtures against Hong Kong and Chinese Taipei.
China participated in qualifying competitions for the 2007 Rugby World Cup as well. They started in Division 2 of Round 1, contesting matches against the Arabian Gulf rugby union team and Chinese Taipei. China defeated Chinese Taipei 22-19 in their first game, but lost against the Arabian Gulf team, seeing them finish second, and moving into Division 2 of Round 2. However, China lost both their fixtures in Round 2 against Hong Kong and Sri Lanka. China was slated to participate in qualifying for the 2011 Rugby World Cup. However, they were forced to drop out due to visa complications.
China's national sevens team regularly participates in legs of the annual sevens tour, appearing consistently in the Hong Kong tournament. China has traditionally fared quite well, with recent results including a bowl victory in 2007 and a win over Scotland in the 2008 pool stage.
|World Cup record|
|1991||Did not enter|
|1995||Did not enter|
|1999||Did not enter|
|2003||Did not qualify|
|2007||Did not qualify|
|2011||Did not qualify|
|2015||Did not qualify|
|2019||Did not enter|
|Chen Yongqiang (c)||Prop|
|Jovilisi Sadau||Number 8||Chongqing Rangers|
|Ratu Totivi Dakainiviti Ralulu||Fly-half||Chongqing Rangers|
|Matthew Neil Holding||Centre||Chongqing Rangers|
|Tong Mingqi||Centre||Chongqing Rangers|
|Liu Junkui||Wing||South China Tigers|
|Ma Chong||Fullback||South China Tigers|
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