The History of Sport Played in China's Treaty Ports

Shanghai Saracens

Match report from the Shanghai Saracens only game

The team list from December 1911, the only match played by the Shanghai Saracens


The Shanghai Saracens remain to this day undefeated. They were set up in December 1911 to try to encourage people to play rugby which at this time was struggling as a sport in Shanghai. Since the start of the season the North China Daily News had been exhorting men to play rugby initially without success. However, the one game played by the Saracens in 1911 with a team of new and old players was the impetus needed to kickstart the season which ended up being the most successful to date with twenty-six games played.