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Russell Wilson Shows Up at Yangpu Sports Center t...
Recently, Yangpu Sports Center, where Alisports operates, saw NFL star Russell Wilson engage in a 7 to 7 simulation game with the players from Shanghai Night Eagle rugby team, and Shanghai Titan rugby team, offering the fans a good chance to play at the same court with a professional superstar. 


Famous star Russell Wilson of National Football League (NFL) came to Shanghai, showed up with his wife at the Multi-function Broadcasting Center at the headquarter of Alisports, and interacted for the first time with his Chinese fans, delivering the youth an experience of rugby training, and sharing with them his opinion of rugby. 


In his black Nike sportswear, Wilson greeted his fans warmly with a sweet smile and simple Chinese. It might be hard to imagine that he, a little chap compared with other players, could won with his teammates the champion in the Super Bowl the second year after he joined the League.  


As the star quarterback of Seattle Seahawks, Wilson has held the position of starting quarterback since 2012 when the rookie season started. He led his team in the 2013 season and helped win the team's first championship at the Super Bowl, making himself the second black quarterback who had made such a brilliant achievement in the history of NFL. "It's a great honor. I love to win, and that's what we're fighting for in every season," said Wilson, recalling how excited they are after winning the championship.


Talking about what rugby meant to him, he said, "I have learned three things from the game: discipline, teamwork, and love." And love was what struck him most during his journey around China. 


His excellent performance has made him highly popular in China, as was witnessed by the occasion where more than 200 fans had crowded the interview venue. He was strongly impressed with the enthusiasm of his Chinese fans for his first trip to China, without the least idea that so many fans were watching and supporting him across the ocean. And, more importantly, the fact that China was such a supportive country for rugby had greatly exceeded his expectations. "I am happy that while walking in the street I can be recognized by a lot of fans. I think China has the great potential of the development of rugby, and here I can feel the enthusiasm for the sport." 


While still in the prime of his career, Wilson has begun to focus on the promotion of youth rugby. Not long ago, he announced that he would, together with his former teammate Jack Heaps, create Russell Wilson Quarterback College. He also showed willingness to promote rugby in China, while looking for an ideal site to build a quarterback training camp the next year.


Wilson believed that a trip to China was far from enough for the promotion of rugby. He wanted to offer constant guidance and push, including the spreading of rugby culture and idea by using his influence as a superstar, and the scientific training methods and techniques. "I hope I can come to China every summer in the future to push for the development of rugby. I am also very happy to see Alisports and Nike have been doing these things." 


After years of market-based development, rugby in China has developed rapidly, and more and more football fans are participating in the sport. As the main supporter for the journey to China, Alisports has been committed to the popularization and development of rugby in China. After building with the World Rugby Council and China Rugby Association a strategic partnership, Alisport in this year is planning to launch a new world-leading rugby sevens, which is expected to be introduced into China in October, aiming to promote the development of rugby as a driver for the whole industry chain and gradually attract the one million Chinese teenagers to the exciting sport. 


At the Yangpu Sports Center, where Alisports operates, saw NFL star Russell Wilson engage in a 7 to 7 simulation game with the players from Shanghai Night Eagle rugby team, and Shanghai Titan rugby team, offering the fans a good chance to play at the same court with a professional superstar.
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