We started a team about 6 months back and are always looking for new players. There's no prior experience required and no restrictions on age, nationality, or gender.
We practice every Sunday at a field on the Yunnan Normal University campus that is located off of Longquan Lu. Practice starts at 4pm.
We also practice every Wednesday at stadium field just east of Yunnan University on Yieryi Da Jie. Practice starts at 5pm.
Practice usually includes going over basic rugby skills and a game or two of touch rugby.
Every 3rd Sunday of the month we split up the players and hold a full contact match of either 7s or 10s.
We're always trying to find other teams willing to travel to Kunming for inter-city matches and we've had invitations from teams in Xiamen, Shanghai, Chengdu, Chongqing, Nanjing, and Nantong for away matches so it can be a great way to get out and see different parts of China and playing rugby is just as much a social activity as it is sport.
If you're interested, let me know or send an e-mail to [email protected] to ask for more information.
I'm an American currently studying in a Masters program at Yunnan University. If you send me your e-mail, I can give you names of people I deal with at the University and the foreign students' office as well as help out with any questions you may have. The process can be a bit difficult/frustrating.
What are you planning on studying? If its Chinese, YNUs language school is still in the city proper. Unless you're a PhD candidate, most of your classes will be in Chenggong and I'm pretty sure the foreign student dorms are still up by green lake. I was able to get all of my classes except one on the old campus, but a classmate of mine who is from Vietnam lives in the dorms and he has to commute to the other campus 4 days a week. I'm currently studying anthropology and the foreign student office isn't the best but they aren't terrible and the professors are all pretty good. They're just not very used to having western students. As far as places to live, you definitely don't want to live in Chenggong if you plan on doing much outside of school. The commute can take up to two hours when traffic is bad and it usually is.
I have to update my earlier review. The food is still great but it seems that if the owners are working, everything is great. If the owners aren't there the service and the kitchen staff in particular is very poor. Today I tried to order two plates of pancakes for my kids. Breakfast is advertised until 5pm, but at 10am Iwas told they only had enough batter for one pancake and that they would not be making any more today. That's just terrible service. If you're only going to make one batch of pancake batter a day or don't have a kitchen staff that knows how to make more, don't advertise breakfast so late into the day.