Entries by Alex Johnson

Syria & Jordan prepare for Dubai Rugby 7’s

Syria & Jordan prepare for Dubai 7’s 2015 With a combined playing number of 135, Jordan Rugby and Syria Rugby have put forward their strongest teams to challenge Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby 7’s Gulf Men’s Open title. Syria Rugby Syria’s Damascus Zenobians, who tasted success in 2011’s Rugby 7’s claiming the plate, have beyond just […]

Bali 10s Potbellies celebrate a successful tour

The article below is an account of the latest Bali 10’s tour by one of the Arabian Potbelly Rugby Players in Dubai by PB Quasimodo Bali 10s – Day One Entered into the Bali 10’s Vets Cup, were a group of Potbelly Veterans, in a futile attempt to recapture their better days, set out for the magical island, in […]

Dubai Eden Park Sevens Rugby Series Announced

UAE Rugby Dubai Eden Park Sevens (7’s) Series The UAE Rugby Federation (UAERF) has announced the dates for this years UAE Rugby Dubai Eden Park Sevens (7’s) Series. The popular tournament will spread over two Fridays; the first round on November 20th at the Dubai Sharks home ground at Dubai Sports, with the final round […]

Dubai Sharks – Whats It Like Playing For Them?

We interview Baptiste Liagre, a new member of the Dubai Sharks Rugby Club. YR. Which rugby team do you play for? BL. I play for the Dubai Sharks RFC. YR. What position do you play? BL. I’m currently playing loose-head prop, but I personally prefer to play tight-head prop. YR. How long have you been […]

Playing for Dubai Wasps – A props view

We interview current Dubai Wasps prop – Ben Rothwell Yalla Rugby interviewed Ben Rothwell, who currently plays tight-head prop for the Dubai Wasps Rugby Club. He has been in Dubai for just over two years now, having moved here from the UK in 2013. Ben first took up rugby over 15 years ago, when he […]

Wasps Player Hoping To Create A Buzz

Dubai Wasps player is collecting for Tanzania One of the many benefits of playing rugby in Dubai, is that there are players looking to help raise awareness and promote our sport throughout various parts of the world. One such player, Danny Thomas, a member of the Dubai Wasps 1st XV team, will be visiting Tanzania […]

Lebanon Win UAE Rugby 7’s Tournament

Lebanon claim Inaugural UAE Rugby Dubai Airports International 7’s tournament title A strong Lebanon 7’s team lifted the winner’s trophy in Friday’s UAE Rugby Dubai Airports International 7’s tournament, played at Dubai’s Sevens Stadium. “Our congratulations go to Lebanon, who were convincing in each of their pool games, and incredibly disciplined in both their semi […]

Arab Rugby Federation (ARF) officially formed

Arab Rugby Federation Officially Formed The Arab Rugby Federation (ARF) has officially been formed following an extraordinary general meeting held in Dubai (UAE) on October 1st. Key Points • The ARF aims to support and stimulate World Rugby and Asia Rugby’s strategic objective of ‘growing the game’ • The ARF intends to open doors for rugby’s […]

The modern day rugby player

The Modern Day Rugby Player Inforgraphic Here’s an interesting new infographic demonstrating how the modern day rugby player differs from back in the amateur days of 1987. Props now weighing in at an average of 124kg apposed to 108kg, energy from scrums equating to pushing two double decker busses the length of the rugby pitch […]

Roelof Kotze To Join South Africa’s Pumas Rugby Union

UAE Rugby has announced that Roelof Kotze, Performance Manager and National Coach, will be joining South Africa’s Pumas Rugby Union. Kotze will join the Pumas as Amateur Rugby Manager, immediately after UAE Rugby’s Sri Lanka 7’s campaign (October 10th and 11th), in a role which will see him oversee and be responsible for all aspects […]

Best Bars To Watch The Rugby World Cup In Dubai?

5 days to go… heres 5 great bars to watch the Rugby World Cup in Dubai With just five days to go until the Rugby World Cup kicks off again which sees teams from around the world competing for the ultimate prize of being World Cup Champions 2015. For fans living in Dubai, the Rugby […]

Balls Deep, Playing Rugby In Dubai

Ok so here it is. I’ve decided to start playing rugby in Dubai. What have I potentially got myself into? A&E at the local Dubai hospital? Trouble with the Mrs? Or something else? Something that will be an amazing experience? Perhaps new life long friendships forged with fellow team mates? Who knows? What I do […]

UAE Rugby Squad Trains With Legend Lomu

Rugby Legend – Jonah Lomu In Dubai, UAE It’s been almost 20 years since Jonah Lomu stunned international rugby audiences at the 1995 World Cup in South Africa, when he scored seven tries in five matches, including four in the semi-final against England. Despite having just two All Black caps, Jonah Lomu was included in […]

Revamped UAE Premiership Rugby Season 2015/16

UAE Rugby Premiership 2015/16 For the new 2015/16 UAE rugby season, both the UAE Rugby Premiership and the Gulf Top Six will change. The UAE Premiership will change from a round-robin format where teams would play each other once and the top two teams play each other in a grand final, to;- teams playing both […]