The tournament rules for the 1938 Shanghai sevens

Report about the final of the 1938 Shanghai rugby sevens tournament published in the North China Herald on 23 March 1938

Photo from 1938 Shanghai rugby sevens tournament published in the North China Herald on 23 March 1938

Photo from 1938 Shanghai rugby sevens tournament published in the China Press on 20 March 1938

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Background

From November 1927 until February 1930, the Welch Regiment were stationed in Shanghai. During these years, they played many games of rugby against Shanghai. In recognition of the close relationship that had developed between the civilians and the soldiers, when the Regiment left Shanghai, they donated a trophy to be used as the Club saw fit. The Club decided to use it for the new seven-a-side tournament which comprised players mixed into teams names after Welsh Counties. The first winner of the Welch Cup held in March 1933 was ‘Glamorgan’ who beat ‘Denbigh’ in the final. Note that at this time, the tournaments were played on a knockout basis rather than the now more familiar round robin format leading to a seeded knock out basis.

The 1938 Tournament

The third running of the Shanghai Sevens was on 19 March 1938. Although the Fourth US Marines made their sevens debut at this tournament they had played in rugby in Shanghai since 1928. They were fit and fast, ideal for sevens rugby. Expectations were high that there would be a repetition of the fifteen’s cup final in which the Marines had lost against the Durham Light Infantry. The dream final did not occur; the two top teams were on the same side of the draw! The Shanghai Rugby Club ‘English’ team reached the final where they were comprehensively beaten by the Durham’s first team. 



  



The History of Sport Played in China's Treaty Ports

Announcement of the 1938 Shanghai sevens rugby tournament and  team lists from the China Press, 16 March 1938 

The Shanghai rugby sevens tournament rules from 1938.

Courtesy of the World Rugby Museum, Twickenham







Artifact of the Month Number 15 - May 2015  (for previous artifacts see bottom of page)