Expatriate rugby was first played in Korea in 1972. An expat team called the Seoul Wanderers were formed to give opposition to both the local university teams and stationed military squads. This team was made up of players from the UK, New Zealand, and Australia. The team was disbanded in 1976.
However, the void caused by a lack of rugby was soon to be filled. Although there are conflicting accounts, the Survivors formed sometime between late 1977 and early 1979. Brad Handley got together with Franz Misch and Mike Seros and decided to form a new expat club - the Seoul Survivors. The first training was on March 25th at Lombardo Field (Collier Field House) on Yongsan Base.
Throughout the Survivors' history, the team has always looked for consistent, high quality competition. In 2005, the Yellow Sea Cup was formed by Simon Drakeford, Ted Gray and Mark Thomas.
The Yellow Sea Cup was originally intended to be a multi-game league, but has since been shortened to a 3-game competition between the Survivors, Beijing Devils, and Shanghai RFC.
Today, the Survivors primarily compete in a domestic 10s league--the Korean Expatriate Rugby Association (KERA). They also travel around the East/Southeast Asian region competing in 15s matches in addition to a variety of 10s and 15s tournaments.