|Union||Chinese Rugby Football Association|
|World Rugby ranking|
|Current||23 (as of 23 November 2020)|
|China 53-11 Thailand (2006)|
|China 68-0 Philippines (2019)|
|China 0-51 Kazakhstan (2012)|
The China women's national rugby union team first played in 2006.
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(Full internationals only)
See Women's international rugby for information about the status of international games and match numbering
|2006-11-19 (AC)||China||31-7||Hong Kong||Kunming||[2/7/1]|
|2011-11-24 (AC)||China||36-0||Philippines||Chao Anou Vong stadium, Vientiane, Laos||[5/1/1]|
|2011-11-25 (AC)||Laos||0-66||China||Chao Anou Vong stadium, Vientiane, Laos||[2/6/1]|
|2011-11-26 (AC)||China||38-0||Thailand||Chao Anou Vong stadium, Vientiane, Laos||[7/7/2]|
|2012-07-05 (AC)||Kazakhstan||51-0||China||Kunshan, China||[52/8/2]|
|2012-07-07 (AC)||China||3-27||Hong Kong||Kunshan, China||[9/21/2]|
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