The Aardvarks are Beijing’s most social rugby team! Started in 1999 by a bunch of students who missed playing rugby and some keen-to-learn Chinese friends, the Aardvarks have grown season by season. Comprised mainly of young professionals & students, the Aardvarks is all about meeting new friends, playing good rugby, having fun, and drinking hard.
The Aardvarks pride ourselves on our multiculturalism, with people from over 40 different countries having played for the team at various times. Most of our members are only in China for a short times but the friendships made through rugby last much longer.
The team has grown from pub meetings on Friday nights (running around against whoever we could on Saturdays) to being a founding member of the Beijing Cup competition. We have also hosted teams from all over the world and traveled to various Chinese cities to participate in rugby tournaments. We are always looking for new people who are keen to enjoy some good rugby, make good mates and have a great time. Aardvarks can be see all over the world but their favorite off field burrow is at Paddy O’Shea’s in the heart of Beijing Bar district with a beer in hand!
The Aardvarks are proud to be Beijing’s most multinational team. In just over ten years of the club’s history players from 45 countries have pulled on an Aardvark’s jersey on a Saturday. Countries represented include:
Argentina; Australia; Austria; Belgium; Brazil; Canada; China; Chile ; Columbia; Denmark; Democratic People’s Republic of Korea; Ecuador; Fiji; France; Germany; Hong Kong; Ireland; Italy; Japan; Kazakhstan; Madagascar; Mexico; Netherlands; New Zealand; Nigeria; Norway; Papua New Guinea; Philippines; Portugal; Romania; Russia; Samoa; Serbia; Singapore; South Africa; Spain; Sweden; Switzerland; Thailand; Tonga; Ukraine; United Kingdom; United States; Uzbekistan; Venezuela; Zimbabwe.