This Saturday, November 26, the Kunming Rugby Football Club (KRFC) host their fourth annual rugby tournament in Kunming. Men's and women's teams from Kunming, Chengdu, and Chongqing will compete for the Spring City Cup — a Yunnan-appropriate engraved yantong (咽痛), perhaps better known as a bong.
Over the past calendar year, the Kunming Flying Tigers — named after the World War II squadron — have travelled to tournaments in Chengdu, Chongqing, and Xiamen, while also hosting Shanghai. After quite literally trouncing the competition in 2015, KRFC looks to continue their dominance this weekend.
The slate of games runs from noon to 5pm at Yunnan University of Finance and Economics Stadium (云南财经大学体育场), just off of Longquan Lu. Entry is free and all are welcome. You can also join the teams beginning at 9pm at the after-party at O'Reilly's Beer Garden on Dongfeng Dong Lu.
The Kunming team's success is due in part to our generous sponsors. Kunming Rugby Football Club would especially like to thank O'Reilly's Irish Pub and Duvel. With their combined support we have been able to train on good fields, travel to out-of-twon tournaments and buy quality uniforms and equipment, including professional hit shields for tackling.
If you've never seen a game before, rugby has is exciting mix of athleticism, power, speed and skills and is growing in popularity in China. This is especially true as rugby sevens was included in the 2016 Olympic Games. Rugby is about camaraderie — to win, every player has to pull their own weight and work and bleed together for the result. Expect big hits, hard running and tries aplenty. The men and women of Kunming Rugby Football Club greatly appreciate your hometown support!
For further details contact Tristram through WeChat ID: TristramBarker), Teddy at WeChat ID: tb771990 or Marta at WeChat ID: martakm. You can also email us at kunming[dot]rugby[at]gmail[dot]com. Go Tigers!
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