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SPORT & LEISURE - RUGBY

Emirates renews sponsorship of UAE Rugby Federation

Posted on 19/07/2016

The Emirates airline has renewed its sponsorship agreement with the UAE Rugby Federation, UAERF, to reinforce its commitment to rugby in the UAE. Through the agreement Emirates will continue as the Federation's Exclusive and official airline sponsor and sponsor of the Men's, Women's and Under 20's National 7's and 15's teams. The agreement will span five years and will see the Emirates logo displayed on players' shirts across the respective leagues. Qais Al Dhalai, Secretary General UAE ...  >>MORE

UAE Rugby Eden Park Sevens Series kicks off at Dubai Sports City

Posted on 16/11/2015

UAE Rugby has announced the 2015 dates for the popular UAE Rugby Eden Park Sevens Series. The series will be played over two Fridays, the first round on November 20th at the Dubai Sharks home ground, Dubai Sports City, with the final round played at Al Ain Amblers Rugby Club on Friday November 27th. "UAERF is very proud to bring the UAE Rugby Eden Park 7's two-day tournament to the UAE rugby community for a fourth year, and we are delighted this tournament has become a firm fixture on the ...  >>MORE

Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens 2015 teams announced

Posted on 08/10/2015

Now in its 46th year, the organisers of the long-awaited three-day annual rugby event have announced the 16 teams taking part in the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series and the 12 teams in the HSBC World Rugby Women's Sevens Series, as part of the annual Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens tournament from 3rd-5th December at The Sevens Stadium. The Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens 2015 carries added significance this year, with teams competing in the series having either already qualified, or ...  >>MORE

Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens 2015 tickets now on sale

Posted on 02/10/2015

Tickets for the sporting and social event of the year are now on sale as the Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens will take place from 3rd - 5th December at The Sevens Stadium, and with over 100,000 fans and 4,000 players expected, this year is set to be the biggest action-packed rugby festival Dubai has ever seen. Now approaching its 46th year, the long-awaited three-day annual rugby event will attract the world's best players as excitement for the Rio Olympic Games continues, which will see ...  >>MORE

UAE Rugby Federation to conduct first Rugby Conference on Saturday

Posted on 10/09/2015

UAE Rugby Federation will conduct their first all-day Rugby Conference this Saturday, September 12th. The purpose of the UAE Rugby Conference is to commence the season in a positive and constructive manner, with all stakeholders having a clear understanding of the Federation aims moving into the season and how all stakeholders can work together to take rugby in the UAE to a higher level. Conference attendees will consist of key rugby-personnel from schools and clubs including coaching staff, ...  >>MORE

Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens 2015 adds netball tournament to schedule

Posted on 15/06/2015

The Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens is one of the most popular and eagerly anticipated events on the Dubai sporting calendar, and this year promises to be even bigger and better with the announcement yesterday that for the first time ever, the event will also feature a netball tournament. The three day annual sporting extravaganza, being held this year from 3rd-5th December, is now in its 46th year and attracts the world's best players vying for honours in the Men's and Women's Sevens ...  >>MORE

Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens sees heated competitions in quarter-finals of round 2

Posted on 06/12/2014

Defending men's Dubai-leg champions Fiji and HSBC Sevens World Series holders New Zealand eased into the Cup Quarter-Finals of Round 2, while Scotland produced a stunning upset during an enthralling day's play in front of over 44,000 people at the Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens on Friday. In the opening game of the men's tournament, last season's overall runners-up South Africa thumped last year's Bowl runners-up Portugal 36-0 in their Pool D encounter. South Africa then beat Canada ...  >>MORE

U.A.E. rugby wraps up a successful IRB Superweek

Posted on 16/09/2014

Dubai Duty Free's U.A.E. Rugby / IRB Superweek, wrapped up on Saturday and was considered a great success with over 60 individuals participating across the 5 key off-field courses offered. Ben van Rooyen, UAERF's Development Manager, shared the importance of having IRB accredited courses offered to U.A.E. rugby enthusiasts, who wish to build on their rugby experience and move into off-field aspects of governing and developing the game. "Part of the Federation's vision is to provide an ...  >>MORE

U.A.E. Rugby Federation considers Dubai Sevens World Cup bid for 2018

Posted on 03/09/2014

We should all get behind the Dubai Sevens World Cup bid for 2018, the English language daily newspaper, The National, suggested in an editorial comment this morning. For many residents, the annual Dubai Rugby Sevens event is one of the highlights of the year. Without descending too far into sporting cliché, the three-day competition, which begins on December 4th, is a genuine festival of rugby, involving more than 200 international teams, school sides, veterans and women's competitions. "In ...  >>MORE

U.A.E. Rugby‘s Emirati players compete in ARFU’s Hong Kong Sevens

Posted on 26/08/2014

U.A.E. Rugby's National 7's team, consisting entirely of Emiratis, competed at this weekend's Asian Rugby Football Union's (ARFU) Hong Kong Sevens. ARFU's Hong Kong Sevens is the first leg in the 2014 series where U.A.E. were drawn in Pool A with Japan and Malaysia, who finished the tournament in 3rd and 8th places respectively. Despite strong perseverance and resolve, the young, and somewhat inexperienced U.A.E. team finished the 2-day tournament in 12th place. While the Federation remains ...  >>MORE

Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens launches advertising campaign

Posted on 15/08/2014

The excitement is building for the 2014 Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens as this year organisers are looking for fans to be part of the tournament advertising campaign. The Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens is the biggest and most popular sporting event in Dubai, regularly attracting over 100,000 visitors and recording the highest number of broadcast hours of any of the HSBC Rugby Sevens World Series. In a competition announced yesterday, fans are invited to nominate themselves to be the ...  >>MORE

UAE Rugby programme gets Dubai Airports backing

Posted on 16/05/2014

UAE Rugby on Wednesday announced a tie-up with Dubai Airports for sponsorship of the all-Emirati Shaheen Pathway rugby programme. The Shaheen Pathway is UAE Rugby's Emirati talent development programme, which focuses on the seven-a-side game and offers a stepping stone for the 3,000 Emirati juniors currently in the school's Player Pathway Programme to continually improve their skills and fitness levels. This development pathway is critical to achieving elements of the strategic plan that aims ...  >>MORE

UAE Rugby announces squad to compete against Singapore in 2014's Asian 5 Nations Division 1

Posted on 20/04/2014

UAE Rugby's 24-man squad that will compete against Singapore in 2014's Asian 5 Nations Division 1, at 7he Sevens in Dubai on Wednesday April 23rd 19:30, has been announced. Wednesday night's match-up is crucial to both sides as this solitary game will decide who will stay in Division 1 and who will be relegated to Division 2 for 2015's revamped Asian Championships. UAE is ranked 1st in the Asian 5 Nations Division 1 rankings, after relegation in 2013, with Singapore ranked 4th, after winning ...  >>MORE

All-Emirati rugby team set for Asian Sevens Series

Posted on 29/08/2013

UAE Rugby will be represented exclusively by Emiratis for the first time at this season's Asian Sevens Series beginning with the competition in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on August 31 and September 1, 2013, according to a Press release. A 12-member squad will embark on a historic journey which aims to culminate with qualification to the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro where Sevens Rugby will make its debut. The UAE Rugby Federation (UAERF) board took a decision earlier this month to select ...  >>MORE

UAE rugby’s Durban trip marks start of Olympic dream

Posted on 12/08/2013

Participation of an all-Emirati side in the forthcoming Asian Sevens Series is just the beginning of an Olympic dream, according to UAE Rugby Federation (UAE RF) board member Saud Bel Shalat. A squad of 15 Emiratis travels to the Sharks Academy in Durban on Saturday for a seven-day camp before the four-stage Asian Sevens Series, which runs from August 31 to October 13. It's a milestone first for the UAE RF, who were formed from the break-up of the expatriate-dominated Arabian Gulf Rugby ...  >>MORE

‘5,000 Emirati rugby players’

Posted on 15/05/2012

In an effort to have more Emiratis take up the sport, the UAE Rugby Association has entered into a partnership with the Vocational Education Development Centre (VEDC), an accredited Centre by the Ministry of Education and governed by Abu Dhabi Vocational Education and Training Institute (ADVETI). As part of the partnership, the UAE Rugby Association and VEDC will share the responsibility of educating and training Emiratis studying at the Centre, in the game of rugby, and also provide career ...  >>MORE

IRB Chairman hails Rugby World Cup Sevens 2009 as resounding success

Posted on 10/03/2009

As the curtain came down on the Rugby World Cup Sevens 2009, with the Welsh men and Australian women returning home with their new trophies, Chairman of the International Rugby Board (IRB) Bernard Lapasset has hailed the tournament as the best to date. Dubai played host to the largest Rugby World Cup Sevens tournament over the weekend with the crowds flooding into Emirates' spectacular purpose-built The Sevens venue to see the 24 best men's and for the first time, the 16 top women's ...  >>MORE

Dubai Celts to host Sevens Gaelic tournament

Posted on 23/01/2009

The Dubai Celts GAA Club, sponsored by Dubai Duty Free, will play host for the third year running, to the world's largest International Sevens Gaelic Football and Hurling Sevens Tournament at the new Emirates 7s Sports Complex, today and tomorrow. This year's tournament has attracted a truly international spread of clubs. Six clubs are from Ireland, one from Brussels and nine from Asia and the Middle East. Up to 600 players will participate in the two day tournament which is proudly ...  >>MORE

South Africa triumphs in rugby sevens

Posted on 30/11/2008

South Africa brought the curtain down on the finest Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens in the tournament's 39-year history, with victory over England in last night's final. The event was the first to be held at the Middle East's new rugby headquarters, named The Sevens, and attracted the largest audience for the seven-a-side tournament. More than 100,000 people attended over Friday and Saturday, including 2,000 players from all over the world. This year's edition of the competition had been ...  >>MORE

New rugby stadium named The Sevens

Posted on 02/07/2008

The home of Dubai Rugby Sevens – currently under construction on the outskirts of the city – has been officially named The Sevens. Sponsor Emirates announced the name of the complex, which will host the biggest Sevens even in history later this year. It will also host the Rugby World Cup Sevens between March 5 and 7 next year. – Emirates Business 24|7 ...  >>MORE

Etihad makes rugby debut with Harlequins

Posted on 31/07/2007

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has signed a three-year deal to be the main sponsor of English premiership rugby union team, Harlequins. The 'seven figure' deal is Etihad's first major sporting sponsorship deal in the UK and the biggest in Harlequins' history. It will see the airline's logo emblazoned on Harlequins' famous quartered shirt as well as on the Twickenham Stoop stadium in south west London. The deal was announced today (Monday) at a press ...  >>MORE

Tough test awaits Arabian Gulf squad

Posted on 23/11/2006

The first day of the Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens could not be tougher for the Arabian Gulf who will square off against some of the biggest names in the sport. The Gulf, who is made up amateur players, has been drawn against rugby heavyweights New Zealand, Samoa and Wales in the opening pool stages, but coach Mike Lunjevich is quietly confident his men are ready for the giant-killing challenge. "I think you will definitely see a dramatic improvement on last year," said Lunjevich, ...  >>MORE

Lesser stars thrill record crowds

Posted on 04/12/2003

One of the biggest opening day crowds in the history of the Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby 7s witnessed a feast of full blooded rugby action as seven tournaments kicked off at the three-day carnival at the Dubai Exiles Rugby Stadium yesterday. Social and amateur teams from Europe, Africa, Australia, Asia and across the Gulf took advantage of the glorious weather to play a record 112 matches. Among the pick of the opening day's performers were the Crawshays who claimed the scalp of reigning ...  >>MORE

World Cup fever catches up with Dubai 7s

Posted on 09/11/2003

World Cup fever has struck the Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby 7s as over half the stadium for the December 3-5 event has now sold out. The ongoing showpiece in Australia and the huge increase in profile now enjoyed by the sport throughout the region have prompted a massive demand for tickets, and the 20,000-seat stadium is expected to be filled to capacity for the three-day sporting and social bonanza. Thousands of overseas visitors are set to flood into Dubai and while the general spectator ...  >>MORE

Dubai Rugby 7s aiming for a shot at the Guinness Book

Posted on 04/11/2003

The make-shift stadium currently under construction to stage the Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby 7s in Al Awir could be heading for a place in the Guinness Book of Records. The massive temporary construction at the Dubai Exiles RFC ground will be able to seat almost 20,000 spectators who will be flooding into the city from across the world, prompting organisers to open communications with the publishers of the famous book. The stadium has doubled in size in just three years, underlining the ...  >>MORE

All Blacks win Rugby 7's

Posted on 15/11/2001

The All Blacks beat South Africa at the Dubai International rugby7's tournament, on 9 November watched by over 15,000 fans. http://www.dubairugby7s.com ...  >>MORE

Dubai Rugby 7s underway

Posted on 08/11/2001

Dubai Rugby 7s tournament is underway on the weekend of 8-9 November. The teams playing this year include New Zealand, Scotland, Portugal, Sri Lanka, Samoa, Korea, Kenya, Arabian Gulf, South Africa, Wales, Tonga, Kazakhstan, Russia, Georgia, Morocco and India, as well as many regional and local teams. http://www.emirates.com, http://www.dubairugby7s.com ...  >>MORE

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