Beaver Nomads Withdraw From Community League
For the second consecutive season, we will be saying farewell to a UAE rugby club. A year to the day, the Dubai Wasps rugby club called it a day and now it’s the unfortunate turn for the Beaver Nomads who will be ending their chapter of competitive rugby.
Rugby clubs are expensive business and rarely turnover a profit. It is the pure love of the sport that we share that keeps teams turning up each week.
Unfortunately for the Beavers, who have been known for their sociable antics around Dubai, have seen key players depart the region for their respective countries. Not only that, but the club have lost their major sponsors in MMI and Claw BBQ, which has now forced the club into the red and unable to meet the Trade License qualifications of playing competitive Community rugby required by the UAERF.
“It most certainly doesn’t mean it’s the end of the Beavers. We will be entering a team into both the Dubai Rugby Sevens and the Eden Park 7’s. The Beavers have prided themselves on being a non-profit set up, allowing us to keep membership affordable. It’s unfortunate that the enforcement of a costly trade license requirement means we are unable to continue.“
says club Chairman Harry Lonergan. He also added, “We are committed to re joining for the 2019/20 season and would like to wish both the league management and other teams good luck for the season ahead.”
It was the only back in 2015/16 that the Beaver Nomads won the inarguable UAE Community League title and have finished close 3rd place in the following seasons. There is no doubt, that the Beavers have been a force to be reckoned with in the 15’s game and will still be a team to keep an eye on during the 7’s season. We wish them all the best and hope to see them again in the domestic league in the future.