UAE Rugby Federation Endorses Asia Rugby region-wide Insurance Policy for All Amateur Representatives

has confirmed it will implement the Asia Rugby policy, created in partnership with Onside Sports and Besso Re (Middle East) Limited, which is specifically designed for all amateur rugby players of all ages, and available to players across all jurisd

6/15/2021 12:00:00 AM
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UAE Rugby charges GymNation with National Teams’ Fitness

UAE Rugby has recently inked a deal with GymNation, the UAE’s leading gym chain, naming them UAE Rugby Federation Representative 15’s and 7’s Teams Official Sponsor.

5/25/2021 12:00:00 AM
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Reed Smith Partners with UAE Rugby Federation’s Al Maha’ Emirati Female Rugby Team

United Arab Emirates Rugby Federation, under the leadership of Sheikh Mohammed bin Maktoum bin Juma Al Maktoum, Chairman of UAE Rugby Federation, a new partnership unveiled nurturing the leading role of the Emirati female rugby players in sport.

4/29/2021 12:00:00 AM
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Combined UAE-Israel teams to feature in rugby 'friendship tour'

UAE have not played a Test match since May 2019 when they defeated Guam, in blue, and Thailand to win the Asia Rugby Championship Division Two. Courtesy Asia Rugby The first international rugby fixture between UAE and Israel will be followed by a g

3/14/2021 12:00:00 AM
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Asia Rugby EGM via Conference Call Concluded Successfully

Asia Rugby held an EGM on the 6th of September in Dubai UAE via conference call witnessing member unions voted to pass the Executive Committee proposed amendments to the Articles of Association. The meeting was chaired by Asia Rugby President Qais A

9/7/2020 12:00:00 AM
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The Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens kicks off tomorrow at The Sevens Stadium and is celebrating its 50th anniversary. The event has reached a significant milestone in its journey of promoting the sport of rugby along with offering world-class en

12/5/2019 12:00:00 AM
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Qais Al-Dhalai voted as new Asia Rugby Preisdent as new EXCO named

UAE’s Qais Al-Dhalai has been voted as the new Asia Rugby President succeeding Aga Hussain.

11/17/2019 2:00:00 PM
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UAE secretary general Qais Al Dhalai named new president of Asia Rugby

New Asia Rugby president Qais Al Dhalai has vowed to help the sport “flourish” after a first-ever Rugby World Cup was staged on the continent.

11/17/2019 12:00:00 AM
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Apollo Perelini's UAE finish strong to secure spot on 2020 Asia Rugby Sevens Series

The UAE saved the best for last as they achieved a sixth-place finish at the Sri Lanka 7s, thereby securing their spot on the Asia Rugby Sevens Series for 2020.

10/1/2019 12:00:00 AM
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Emirates gives UAE rugby players a chance to experience flagbearer duties for a once in a lifetime opportunity at Rugby World Cup 2019™

Cementing its commitment to support the development of rugby in the UAE, Emirates has presented two Emirati rugby youth players with the opportunity of a lifetime to lead out the teams competing in the bronze final on Friday 1 November in Tokyo Stad

9/30/2019 12:00:00 AM
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New initiative hopes to nurture next generation of Emirati rugby players

UAE Rugby has announced the UAE RF Dubai Duty Free Community Rugby Programme, a new initiative and integral component of the UAE Rugby Academy and National Development Pathway School Rugby Program (PPP).

9/19/2019 12:00:00 AM
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UAE's Chris Jones-Griffiths to retire – this time for good – after clinching Asia rugby title

The UAE’s most capped rugby player has confirmed he will hang up his boots – this time for good – after helping the team to the Asia Rugby Championship Division 2 title in Thailand.

5/19/2019 12:00:00 AM
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UAE to return to Asia Rugby Championship as Apollo Perelini picks strong training squad

The UAE Rugby Federation – for still unconfirmed reasons – withdrew the 15s team from the 2018 ARC, leaving the nation to play a glorified friendly against lowly Gibraltar.

4/3/2019 12:00:00 AM
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'One Club Ethos' key to Abu Dhabi Harlequins success in the face of adversity

Coach-captain combination of Chris Jones-Griffiths and Alistair Thompson credit predecessor Mike McFarlane for laying foundation of teamwork and camaraderie at capital club after regaining UAE Premiership title despite challenges

3/30/2019 12:00:00 AM
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Al Ain Amblers showing the way forward for Emirati rugby players

Al Ain Amblers might have lost out in the UAE Conference final on Friday, but in one vital facet of the game, they are setting an example for everyone else to follow.

3/30/2019 12:00:00 AM
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Abu Dhabi Harlequins crowned UAE Premiership champions

Abu Dhabi Harlequins were crowned UAE Premiership champions for the second time in the space of three seasons, after they beat Jebel Ali Dragons in the final.

3/29/2019 12:00:00 AM
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Abu Dhabi Harlequins and Jebel Ali Dragons set to clash in UAE Premiership final

Abu Dhabi Harlequins will bid to reclaim the UAE Premiership title when they face Jebel Ali Dragons next week, after both sides advanced to the final with wins on Friday

3/23/2019 12:00:00 AM
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Dubai Rugby Sevens: Seventh heaven for the mighty All Blacks

New Zealand clung on for a dominant 21-5 win over the United States and a record seventh men’s title as the Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens concluded at The Sevens ground on Saturday.

12/3/2018 12:00:00 AM
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Apollo Perelini's UAE prepare for 2018 Asian Games campaign in Indonesia

The UAE will take on powerhouses Japan and Hong Kong when they kick off their Asian Games campaign in Indonesia on Thursday.

8/29/2018 12:00:00 AM
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UAE achieve dream of Asian Sevens Series promotion after Cup triumph in Singapore

The standard of opposition wasn’t the most scintillating in Singapore, but Apollo Perelini’s men beat the two best sides at the tournament apart from themselves – the hosts and Thailand – to reign supreme in the second tier of sevens.

8/5/2018 12:00:00 AM
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UAE hope to forget Asia Rugby Championship frustration by earning Asian Sevens Series promotion

Apollo Perelini wants his UAE players to take the disappointment of missing out on representing their adopted nation at this year’s Asia Rugby Championship out on their opponents at the Asia Rugby Sevens Trophy in Singapore this weekend.

8/3/2018 12:00:00 AM
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Al Maha, UAE Rugby’s all-Emirati U18 girls team, return home after Sri Lanka training camp

UAE Rugby’s all-Emirati U18 girls team, Al Maha, have just returned home from an intensive seven-day training camp in Sri Lanka as Apollo Perelini prepares his side for the U18 Girls Asia Rugby 7’s Tournament which will be taking place in India late

7/18/2018 12:00:00 AM
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UAE to make rugby debut at 2018 Asian Games in Indonesia in August

The UAE will make their rugby sevens bow at the Asian Games later this year, taking place in Indonesia, where the official draw for the tournament took place on Thursday.

7/9/2018 12:00:00 AM
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UAE Rugby Federation’s Impact Beyond project gains momentum as bond with Ministry of Education develops

The growth of rugby in the UAE among local children continues following the delivery of 800 balls to various schools in the country.

6/26/2018 12:00:00 AM
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Landmark agreement for Get Into Rugby programme in UAE

UAE Rugby and the UAE Ministry of Education enter into a landmark agreement that will see World Rugby's Get Into Rugby programme included in the physical education curriculum in Emirati schools.

1/18/2018 12:00:00 AM
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All-Emirati Al Maha girls team to compete in Asia Rugby U17 Sevens tournament

UAE Rugby have announced on Tuesday that their all-Emirati Al Maha girls team will compete in the upcoming 2017 Asia Rugby U17 Sevens Girls Tournament.

11/28/2017 12:00:00 AM
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UAE Rugby secretary general Qais Al Dhalai reveals plans to become new Asia Rugby president

Qais Al Dhalai, secretary general of the UAE Rugby Federation, speaks to Matt Jones about his bid to become the new president of Asia Rugby later this year.

8/19/2017 12:00:00 AM
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The UAE have been spared demotion back to the third tier of Asian rugby, despite completing a third defeat in Asia Rugby Championship Division 1 with a 34-26 loss to the Philippines

UAE avoid relegation from Asia Rugby Championship Division 1 despite defeat to Philippines

5/20/2017 12:00:00 AM
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France likely to play rugby friendly in the UAE

 The UAE Rugby Federation (UAERF) and the Federation Francaise de Rugby (FFR) have entered into a partnership aimed at developing players coaches and officials across both the formats - Rugby Sevens and XV.

5/7/2017 12:00:00 AM
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UAE prepare for Asia Rugby Championship with victory over Premiership Barbarians

 Ben Bolger, the UAE captain, says his side have much work still to do, despite their improved form in a win over the Premiership Barbarians at Sharjah Wanderers.

4/28/2017 12:00:00 AM
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Office Closure

The United Arab Emirates Rugby Federation congratulates you on the blessed night of Isra’a Wal Miraj and would like to inform you of the office closure from

4/20/2017 12:00:00 AM
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Mike McFarlane uses Coach of the Year award to heap praise on Abu Dhabi Harlequins as UAE Rugby Annual Awards celebrate best of Emirates rugby

Mike McFarlane, predictably, picked up the Coach of the Year award at the UAE Rugby Annual Awards yesterday, but used his accolade to pay tribute to everyone who has helped Abu Dhabi Harlequins achieve such an historic season of success.

4/15/2017 12:00:00 AM
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Apollo Perelini says UAE squad are "twice as good" as a year ago ahead of ARC Division I series

Apollo Perelini believes his UAE side that will begin the fight for a place at the 2019 Rugby World Cup next month at the Asia Rugby Championship is twice as good as the team that stormed to Division I promotion a year ago.

4/10/2017 12:00:00 AM
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UAE rugby: Success is worth the wait for dominant ‘one club’ Abu Dhabi Harlequins

 Amid the confusion about what trophies were actually on offer this season, and how to go about winning them, one of the contenders made a pertinent point.

4/8/2017 12:00:00 AM
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‘Our dream has come true’: First televised matches bring UAE rugby closer to fans and community

The last day of the domestic season was a day of firsts for UAE rugby.

4/7/2017 12:00:00 AM
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Abu Dhabi Harlequins win UAE Premiership, their fifth trophy of the season

Cup winners. Sevens winners. Champions of the UAE. Champions of West Asia. And in both the men’s and women’s game, too. Adding in the second-tier conference title to boot is just showing off.

4/7/2017 12:00:00 AM
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#360view: Expect UAE Rugby to make further impressions on Asia

The UAE have come a long way in the last few years, but it is how far their potential can carry them that should have rugby fans in the Emirates really excited.

2/7/2017 12:00:00 AM
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HSBC Rugby Festival Dubai: Saracens’ Alex Goode delivers expertise and trophies in spite of injur

 Alex Goode, the leading player in England’s top division last season, was on hand to dispense his expertise at the Middle East’s biggest junior festival this weekend — even if he had to hobble around while doing so.

1/28/2017 12:00:00 AM
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Talented UAE youngsters excel at the HSBC Rugby Festival Dubai

Thousands of talented schoolchildren from across the UAE gathered at The Sevens Stadium in Dubai over the weekend to take part in two days of thrilling competition at the HSBC Rugby Festival Dubai.

1/28/2017 12:00:00 AM
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UAE can have perfect lift-off against Singapore

Apollo Perelini is concentrating on the ability of his own side rather than their opponents as the UAE get set to fight for promotion to the Asia Rugby Under 19 Championship.

12/13/2016 12:00:00 AM
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All-Emirati team ready for Sevens with eye on the future

It’s been a slow process but the UAE Rugby Federation’s pursuit of its player pathway programme aimed at developing Emiratis to one day exclusively make up the national teams is definitely moving in the right direction.

12/1/2016 12:00:00 AM
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Under-18 female team ‘very proud’ to represent UAE after eye-opening welcome to international rugby

 A pioneering team of Emirati female players ended their first day in international competition bloodied on the scoreboard, bruised on the body, but unyielding in their desire to progress as rugby players.

11/30/2016 12:00:00 AM
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Dubai Rugby Sevens: Under 18s the first female team to represent UAE at international level

 The UAE will be represented in international competition by Emirati female players for the first time next week.

11/25/2016 12:00:00 AM
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Quins beat Exiles in Eden Park Trophy final

Abu Dhabi Harlequins set themselves up nicely for a tilt at claiming a hat-trick of Gulf Men’s League titles at next week’s Dubai Rugby Sevens by winning the Eden Park 7s title at the weekend.

11/20/2016 12:00:00 AM
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Olympic medal winning Coach inspires young rugby stars

Ryan, the mastermind of Fiji’s first ever Olympic gold medal, is widely regarded to be one of the greatest the game has ever seen and was joined at the initiative by fellow Fiji coach and history maker Chris Cracknell.

11/9/2016 12:00:00 AM
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Administrative Circular No. (04/2016)

Administrative Circular No. (04/2016)

10/9/2016 12:00:00 PM
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HE Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan the Minister of Culture and Community Development the President of the General Authority of Youth and Sport Welfare has issued the decree # 60 for the year 2016

HE Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan the Minister of Culture and Community Development the President of the General Authority of Youth and Sport Welfare has issued the decree # 60 for the year 2016

10/4/2016 12:00:00 AM
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UAE Rugby Federation flying high with Emirates Airline sponsorship renewal

Emirates will continue to sponsor the men’s, women’s and Under-20’s national 7’s and 15’s teams, and also continue as the UAE RF’s official airline sponsor. Qais Al Dhalai, UAE Rugby secretary general, said: “We are very proud to have the commitmen

7/19/2016 12:00:00 AM
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UAE rugby earn ‘well deserved’ Asian Rugby Championship promotion

Apollo Perelini, the UAE national rugby team coach, has promised there is “more to come" from his team after they crushed Thailand 70-18 to win the Asia Rugby Championship Division 2 title and gain promotion to Division 1 for next year.

5/23/2016 12:00:00 AM
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UAE keep their RWC 2019 dream alive

The United Arab Emirates were the terrors of Tashkent this week as they showed themselves to be a class above the Asia Rugby Championship Division 2 in the Uzbekistan capital. On Saturday they scored 10 tries at the impressive Dustlik Stadium to see

5/22/2016 12:00:00 AM
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UAE Rugby thrash Thailand to gain promotion to Asia Rugby Championship Division 1

The UAE will be back in the second tier of Asian rugby next season after a crushing 70-18 defeat of Thailand saw them promoted to Division II of the Asia Rugby Championship.

5/21/2016 12:00:00 AM
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The UAE kept their promotion to Division 1 of the Asian Rugby Championship alive after a resounding 65-13 demolition of Uzbekistan at Tashkent on Wednesday.

UAE thrash Uzbekistan 65-13 to set up Asian Rugby Championship Division 2 final against Thailand

5/19/2016 12:00:00 AM
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UAE coach Apollo Perelini confident of promotion in Asian Rugby Championship

Apollo Perelini is a man on a mission. The UAE national rugby coach is focused on the tough task of guiding his men past host Uzbekistan in the Asia Rugby Championship (ARC) Division 2 in Tashkent on Wednesday.

5/17/2016 12:00:00 AM
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Dubai Duty Free continues backing of UAE rugby referees

Dubai Duty Free has renewed its support of the UAE Rugby’s Referees Society for a further three-years through to, and including, the 2017/2018 season.

5/10/2016 12:00:00 AM
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Kazakhstan woes improve UAE promotion chances in Asia Rugby Championship

It may be through default, but the UAE are on the brink of promotion to Division I of the Asia Rugby Championship, following Kazakhstan’s withdrawal due to financial constraints.

5/10/2016 12:00:00 AM
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UAE Rugby performance manager Apollo Perelini announces his 25-man squad for Asia Rugby Championship Division II series later this month

Ryno Fourie treasures every opportunity he has to represent his “second home” of the UAE and believes it’s about time they brought home some silverware.

5/2/2016 12:00:00 AM
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UAERF’s Ben van Rooyen to join Asia Rugby on six-month contract

UAE Rugby Federation’s Regional Development Officer Ben van Rooyen has been appointed Asia Rugby’s ‘Get into Rugby Coordinator’ on a six-month secondment which started on May 1.

4/28/2016 12:00:00 AM
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UAE manager Apollo Perelini hoping to find right balance ahead of ARC Division II Tests

UAE rugby performance manager Apollo Perelini has high expectations for his squad ahead of the Test series in Uzbekistan next month.

4/18/2016 12:00:00 AM
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UAE Rugby Federation announces Avis as Official and Exclusive Logistics Partner

- 2-season term agreement sees UAERF and Avis branded vehicles provide transport and logistic support to the Federation - UAE Rugby has entered into a 2-season term agreement with Avis ,

3/30/2016 12:00:00 AM
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UAE Rugby secretary general Qais Abdulla Al Dhalai lauds inaugural Arab Rugby 7s in Egypt

Egypt successfully hosted the first Arab Rugby 7s at El-Gouna where the participating countries included United Arab Emirates, Morocco, Saudi Arabia and of course the hosts.

3/6/2016 12:00:00 AM
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Apollo Perelini ready for new challenge as UAE head to Asia Rugby Development Sevens Series

Apollo Perelini will take charge of his first competitive game as UAE rugby performance manager today as his team get their Asia Rugby Development Sevens Series underway in India

2/20/2016 12:00:00 AM
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Apollo Perelini says UAE Shaheen players grateful for the chance to play ‘win or lose’

Apollo Perelini, the UAE Shaheen coach, said his group of novice Emirati rugby players are unlikely to get carried away with their two-game winning streak.

1/21/2016 12:00:00 AM
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UAE Rugby strikes historic TV deal that will see domestic and international highlights broadcast for the first time

The introduction of the first ever television programme featuring UAE rugby will speed up the progress of the game eventually turning professional in the Emirates, according to the region’s top domestic clubs.

1/19/2016 12:00:00 AM
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UAE rugby set for bright future after impressive National Schoolboys final

Mukhtar Mekki hopes to one day watch Ali Khalid and his team-mates play on Pitch 1 at The Sevens Stadium in the main World Rugby Sevens Series.

12/6/2015 12:00:00 AM
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Land Rover joins HSBC as co-principal partner of UAE Rugby’s Player Pathway Program

UAE Rugby’s Player Pathway Program is set for an exciting 2016 with HSBC announcing they are to renew their support for a further 3 years, while Land Rover is unveiled as the program’s co-principal partner (in a multi-year agreement).

12/5/2015 12:00:00 AM
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Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens set to break records

The 2015 Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens, which will be held at The Sevens Stadium from December 3-5, is set to be the most impressive event in the history of the tournament as it kicks off the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series and the HSBC World R

12/2/2015 12:00:00 AM
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UAE rugby chief pays tribute to “brother” Jonah Lomu

UAE Rugby Federation (UAERF) secretary general Qais Abdulla Al Dhalai has spoken of his sadness following the death of “friend” and “brother” Jonah Lomu.

11/18/2015 6:00:00 AM
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UAE dreaming of a top-eight finish at Asia Rugby Sevens Series in Colombo

The buzz is reverberating all the way from Sri Lanka as the UAE sevens squad stands on the brink of something very special.

10/10/2015 12:00:00 AM
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Dubai Airports 7s an opportunity for UAE Shaheen team to flourish

Mohammed Shaker says the UAE Shaheen team have high expectations of winning the inaugural UAE Rugby Dubai Airports 7’s tournament in Dubai on Friday.

10/8/2015 12:00:00 AM
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UAE to lead newly formed Arab Rugby Federation aimed at improving quality in the region

UAE to lead newly formed Arab Rugby Federation aimed at improving quality in the region

10/7/2015 12:00:00 AM
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Outgoing UAE coach Roelof Kotze backs Apollo Perelini to excel in role

He may have just announced that he is leaving his post as national team head coach, but Roelof Kotze believes the UAE are in good hands with Apollo Perelini at the helm.

10/5/2015 12:00:00 AM
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UAE rugby’s Roelof Kotze departing for job with South Africa’s Pumas

Roelof Kotze has stepped down as UAE rugby’s performance manager to take up a job in South Africa. He will oversee the UAE’s tour to Colombo for the final leg of this season’s Asian Sevens Series next weekend, before leaving to join Pumas in his ho

10/3/2015 5:00:00 PM
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UAE Shaheen's Apollo Perelini sets about new role with Emirati youngsters

UAE Shaheen coach Apollo Perelini believes Emiratis becoming truly passionate about rugby is the key to the progression of the game in the country. The New Zealand-born former dual code Samoan international was named head coach of the development t

8/24/2015 12:00:00 AM
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UAE U20s finish distant seventh at disappointing Asia Rugby Sevens Series in Malaysia

The UAE limped to seventh place in the first-leg of the Asia Rugby Under-20 Sevens Series in Malaysia on Sunday, winning just two of their six matches all weekend - both against Kazakhstan.

8/17/2015 12:00:00 AM
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Roelof Kotze confident UAE Under-20’s can shine in Malaysia

Roelof Kotze says his new-look UAE Under-20’s squad have bought into his philosophy and are thoroughly focused on success in the Asia Rugby Under-20 Sevens Series.

8/13/2015 12:00:00 AM
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UAE Rugby Federation and Dubai Sports Channel sign MoU to promote rugby within UAE

UAE Rugby Federation and Dubai Sports Channel have signed an MoU to promote the game of rugby across the UAE. Using the programmes and initiatives from UAE Rugby’s portfolio, Dubai Sports Channel will work together with the Federation to create loc

8/5/2015 12:00:00 AM
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Jebel Ali Dragons’ Ryno Fourie targets UAE squad berth for Asian Sevens Series

Having had a taste of international rugby on the UAE’s Asia Rugby Championship tour to Malaysia earlier this year, Jebel Ali Dragons full-back Ryno Fourie admits he’s hungry for more.

8/3/2015 12:00:00 AM
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Hassan Al Noobi says chat with Jaen Botes led to Abu Dhabi Saracens switch

Emirati rugby star Hassan Al Noobi has revealed a chat with Abu Dhabi Saracens captain Jaen Botes convinced him to make a move to the West Asia Champions from Arabian Knights

8/1/2015 12:00:00 AM
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All Blacks legend Jonah Lomu passes on tips to UAE

There was a time when the mere presence of New Zealand rugby legend Jonah Lomu on the field would terrify the living daylights out of anyone in sight of him.

7/30/2015 12:00:00 AM
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UAE prove they are ‘not walkovers anymore

The UAE’s improved showing at the Malaysian round of the ARFU HSBC Asian Rugby Sevens Series proves they are “not walkovers any­more”, according to performance manager Roelof Kotze.

6/28/2015 12:00:00 AM
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