Fuzhou Tigers and the Shanghai RFC Green rugby teams play a fierce match on Gulangyu island on May 10. [Photo by Wang Zhehui for China Daily]
Fuzhou’s local rugby team, the Tigers, took part in the 2014 Gulangyu Rugby tournament held on Gulangyu island in Fujian’s Xiamen on May 10, and competed with two strong teams--the Shenzhen Dragons and the Xiamen Typhoons Blue.
“It is beneficial because the Tigers have become stronger and more competitive by taking part in such competitions,” said Andersen Wu, secretary-general and a cofounder of the Fuzhou Tigers, adding that the 2014 Gulangyu Rugby tournament is one of the most important civilian-run competitions with some professional players.
He added that the Tigers have now grown into a team with more than 70 male and female players, with an average age of 30, up from four when it was formed four years ago.
“But the Tigers are still new at the game and need more practice,” Wu said. He said the players have set a high value on the competition, which they believe is a good chance to improve the Tigers’ overall strength.
The fierce rugby match, with a total of 12 male teams and two female teams from across the country, played for the championship, attracting more than 2,000 fans.
Launched in 2010, Fuzhou Tigers is the first local rugby team consisting of mainly local Chinese players.
Members of the Fuzhou Tigers rugby team–which took part in the 2014 Gulangyu tournament held in Xiamen on May 10–pose for a photograph. [Photo by Wang Zhehui for China Daily]
Fierce competition between female rugby players. [Photo by Wang Zhehui for China Daily]
Xiamen Typhoon competes with Shenzhen Dragons during the 2014 Gulangyu Rugby tournament held on May 10. [Photo by Wang Zhehui for China Daily]
The Shanghai RFC won the championship at the 2014 Gulangyu Rugby tournament held on May 10. [Photo by Wang Zhehui for China Daily]