Entries by Habibi

Premiership League Preview

Whats New With The UAE Premiership League? Dubai Sports City Eagles enter the league for the first time Doha will not compete in the West Asia Premiership for non-rugby reasons Can anyone knock Abu Dhabi Harlequins off their perch? On the face of it, it’s a big ask. The Quins swept all before them last […]

Conference League Preview

Whats New With The UAE Conference League? Dubai Wasps will not compete this year Abu Dhabi Saracens 2s drop to the Community league Arabian Knights and Dubai Sharks to play at new home venues Will the Al Ain resurgence continue? It was a tumultuous season last time round for the men from the Garden City. […]

Community League Preview

Whats New With The UAE Community League? Al Ain Amblers 2s enter the league with their 1s resuming in the Conference Abu Dhabi Saracens 2s also join the Community League Abu Dhabi Harlequins aim to field both 3s and 4s sides in the Community League RAK Rugby to train on grass this year at Tower […]

Eagles Feathers Ruffled In First Outing Against Dragons

Dubai Eagles Suffered A Heavy Loss In Their First Ever Outing To The Dragons It was business as usual last night at Jebel Ali, as the Dragons put on a display showing the expected standard needed in Premiership rugby in a pre-season friendly against new boys – Dubai Eagles. There was a good turnout for […]

UAE Squad Head For Asia Rugby U17 Sevens 2017

The U17 UAE Rugby Sevens squad have headed out to Taiwan to play in a Youth Olympic Games Qualifier which takes place this weekend (9th-10th September) in the Tainan Municipal Stadium. They face against hosts, Chinese Taipei, followed by Hong Kong, India and finally Malaysia in the pool competition. Hopefully then qualifying for either the […]

RAK Rugby Goes Green For 2017

RAK Rugby To Relocate From Sand Pitch The very unique rugby club that is RAK Rugby, based in Ras Al Khaimah will be swapping the golden sands of the Northern Emirate, to green grass at their new HQ at Tower Links Golf Club. RAK Rugby (previously known as RAK Goats) have played at the only […]

Pre Season Rugby Training – With Max Physick

Pre Season Rugby Training With Our Dubai based PT – Max Physick The UAE Rugby season 2017/18 is fast approaching, and after a while off, due to work commitments, our resident personal trainer – Max Physick is chomping at the bit to get stuck in and back on the rugby pitch. This week saw his […]

Dubai Wasps Call It A Day

Dubai Wasps forced to pull out of domestic rugby 2017/18 The Dubai Wasps have been forced to pull out of all domestic UAE rugby. With the loss of major sponsors, spiralling running costs and player numbers, the Wasps have had no option but to fold as one of UAE rugby teams. Without the guarantee of […]

Woohoo… We’re Two Today!!

As it’s the 1st of August 2017, today marks Yalla Rugby’s 2nd birthday! It all seems so long ago when we first launched our rugby website, but it’s actually only been 2 years today. Back in 2015, the Gulf rugby coverage was pretty minimal and there was no central place online that brought the rugby […]

Beaver Nomads – A Dubai Rugby Team That’s All About Fun

We Chat With Co Chairman Of The Dubai Beaver Nomads: Karl McGowen Originally a 7’s team, the Beaver Nomads became a 15-a-side rugby team in Dubai in 2015. It was during this first season of full 15’s rugby that the Nomads were crowned UAE Community League Champions 2015/16 in it’s inaugural year. The Nomads started […]

UAE Rugby Captain Ben Bolger Looks To Top Off A Fantastic Season

UAE Rugby Captain Ben Bolger Looks To Top Off A Fantastic Season As the UAE national rugby squad head off to Malaysia today, embarking on what could be a long and complicated road to the Japan Rugby World cup in 2019, we chat with captain and Harlequins star Ben Bolger. Bolger looks back on the team’s build […]

Tom Stapley – Former Exiles Player Selected For Ireland Rugby Sevens Squad

Tom Stapley – Former Exiles Player Selected For Ireland Rugby Sevens Squad Tom Stapley, an ex Dubai Exiles player appears to be one step closer to his dream of a career in rugby. Stapley has been selected for Ireland’s extended sevens training squad. The Exiles centre was sent on trial to Northern Ireland from the UAE last […]

Asia Rugby Division One Championship – Japan 2019 One Step Closer For UAE

Perelini’s eyes firmly fixed on next weeks Asia Rugby Division One championship in Malaysia. Yalla Rugby were lucky enough to be invited to Apollo Perelini’s last training camp before the upcoming Asia Rugby Division One Championship in Ipoh, Malaysia. The UAE Rugby National squad, are up against Malaysia, Philippines and Sri Lanka with the prospect of […]

UAERF sign Memorandum of Understanding with the French Rugby Federation

UAERF Sign MoU With The French Rugby Federation (FFR) The UAERF have today signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the French Rugby Federation (FFR) where they hope to establish and implement a strategic partnership aimed at developing 7’s and XV’s players, coaches and match officials. “Entering into this partnership, at this stage of UAE Rugby’s […]

Annual Rugby Awards Ceremony 2016/17

Annual Rugby Awards Ceremony 2016/17 – Hosted By UAERF The UAE Rugby Federation (UAERF) hosted their annual awards ceremony last Saturday afternoon at the Metropolitan Hotel on Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai. Both 2015/16 and 2016/17 awards took place on the day. Winners are shortlisted below for both seasons: Skip to section:   2016/17 nominations categories are as follows: […]

Inaugural UAE Rugby Grand Finals Day to be played This Friday

Inaugural UAE Rugby Grand Finals Day to be played On Friday April 7th UAE Rugby will host their inaugural Grand Finals Day on Friday, April 7th, at Dubai Sports City’s Rugby Park in Dubai. In a first for the Federation, the UAERF Grand Finals are the culmination of UAE Rugby’s Community, Conference and Premiership league […]