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RUGBY IN ARABIA

Rugby In Arabia

Rugby is played, by men, women and junior age groups, in the Gulf Cooperation Council member countries of Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates while we have associate members in Cairo, Beirut and Jordan.The majority of senior players are ex-patriots from traditional rugby strongholds such as New Zealand, South Africa, the United Kingdom and Australia but an increasing number of Arab nationals are becoming interested in the sport, particularly at the younger age groups..

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The Arabian Gulf RFU is making extensive efforts to lift the profile of the sport in the region through the hosting of high-profile events, such as the annual IRB Dubai 7s, the IRB Under 19 World Cup in 2006 and 'Duel in the Desert' encounters between Super 14 teams, to encourage increased player participation.It's all a far cry from only a few years ago when matches were mostly played on sand pitches. These days, virtually all games are played on lush grass paddocks although sand, oil, gas and sunshine are the region's most abundant natural resources.

The Arabian Gulf also puts great store on youth development, running international representative teams at under-14, under-16 and under-19 level while the Arabian Gulf ladies team competes on the international stage at the Hong Kong Sevens each season.

The Arabian Gulf RFU is relaunching for the 2006/07 season its Emirates League competition for second teams and social sides based in the UAE.

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