Shekou Rugby Grows from Strength to Strength while Futian Rugby Dies a Sad Death
Shekou rugby training was its usual intense hour and a half of touch rugby played at an intense pace without a break. The mix of really old and quite young, experienced and inexperienced, men and women makes play exciting and ensures all players have to be focused.
The pool of a hundred or so players ensures that there are always about 40 players divided into four teams of ten with each team playing the other teams once. The camaraderie continues on after training with drinks at the Snake Pit and dinner at whichever restaurant is nominated by the French contingent. All Shekou rugby players are shining examples of goodness, dividing their free time between community service and works of charity.
Rugby is also played in Futian with training occurring once a month whether they need the practice or not. While it’s true that they are not drunk at training it is also true that they are rarely sober. Futian uses an interesting coaching method whereby ramdom players are allowed to nominate themselves captain or coach, at anytime there may be up to a half dozen captains and coaches on the pitch. Periodically, the actual captain and coach remind the self appointed captains and coaches that they are not gifted orators and their time would be better spent practicing rugby. Anyone interested in seeing this rare specie, the self appointed captain or coach can find them sulking by the sideline of the pitch feeding on assorted bugs and grubs, in Futian once a month.
Next weekend, in a rare show of unity, Shekou and Futian will combine for a tournament in Guangzhou where it will play two matches. It is expected that the fit and raring to go Shekou players will carry their indolent counterparts from Futian, ensuring Dragon victory and more trophies for the mighty Shenzhen Dragons ever expanding trophy cabinet.