SDAR Lions are the rugby team of SDAR which was established long time ago since the school was founded and also one of the most popular sports played in SDAR. Other sports played are basketball, football and hockey. There are courts for tennis, badminton, sepak takraw and volleyball. In 2010, SDAR had launched their new equipped futsal court which was established by the Minister of Youth and Sports, Y.B. Dato’ Ahmad Shabery.
Just before moving to the new campus in Seremban from Tanjung Malim, the school’s rugby team won the Perak state title and went on to win the MORI Cup in 1971. SDAR also won the Negeri Sembilan school rugby championship and became the only school to win the title in two different states. SDAR rugby is also associated with its annual match with King’s College, Thailand, which has become a tradition for both schools since 1973. In 1998, the school rugby team, SDAR Lions, won the National Premier Schools Rugby Championship. SDAR Lions also featured in the final of 1999 and 2001 seasons. A number of SDARians were also selected to play in the Malaysian Rugby National team.
SDAR also has a strong debating teams. As with all the residential schools in Malaysia, SDAR Debate Teams participates in the annual Piala Perdana Menteri (PPM). SDAR had emerged as PPM champion for Malay debate competition in 1982 and for the English Language category in 1985. The Bahasa Malaysia debating team was also first runner-up in 1978 and 1980. In 1998, the SDAR English debating team emerged victorious after defeating Tunku Khurshiah College to win the Piala Tan Sri Wira Abd Rahman Arshad State Championship. In 2010′s edition of PPM, SDAR malay debate team will be competing in the final debate to be held at PICC on 31 July 2010.
The school band was founded in the early 1970s in Tanjung Malim. Originally, it was only a bugle band which then evolved into a brass band, a marching band and now a symphonic band. The band had won first place in the Marching Band Competition at state level in 2002 and 2004. They also represented Negeri Sembilan at the National Level Marching Band Competition in 2002.
The band went through a period of changes during 2004 under the guidance of then instructor Mr. Edwin Yeap Hock Beng and was later known as SDAR Symphonic Crew. Later in the year 2005 under the then Conductor and Band President, Azhan Zhafri, the band achieve its first major achievement when they emerged as first runner-up. In 2006 they emerged as second runner-up under the then Conductor Nizar Nordin. In 2007, they were first runner-up in the Wind Orchestra Competition held at the Putrajaya International Convention Center (PICC). The school band had been awarded the gold status for five consecutive years since 2002 for their performance. Apart from performing as a wind orchestra, they are still active as a marching band but currently on hiatus. SDAR Symphonic Band is the champion in the Malaysia Wind Orchestra Competition in 2009, beating well known teams from other schools and also from other universities. SDAR Symphonic Band also has built an excellent reputation to grace its enthusiastic community through its annual concert, ‘La Reverie’ in March 2010 and entered the international level competition, Singapore International Band Festival (SIBF) 2010 in Singapore to broadens its horizon through the international platorm and gain quality music and knowledge.
SDAR has a strong chess team. In 1999, 2000 and 2001, SDAR won the state trophy after defeating nine other districts. In the years to follow, the format of the chess tournament had changed to an individual format. However, starting from 2003, there has always been a representative from SDAR in the nationals representing the state. In 2005, the Negeri Sembilan state champion was from SDAR.