Jebel Ali Dragons have announced that Mike Phillips will be the new Director of Rugby for the 2018/19 season
Caped 94 times for Wales and 5 times for the British and Irish Lions, Phillips brings a wealth of knowledge to the current West Asia Champions. Working alongside last years coaching team of Andrew Buist and Jonny Macdonald, Phillips will be looking to build on a club that is set to raise the bar higher once again.
As a player that has only just retired from top flight leagues, he brings the most recent and relevant rugby knowledge to Jebel Ali.
Mike Phillips moved to Dubai in 2017 to set up his rugby academy that is growing month by month. Currently with the summer months here you can get involved with his academy down at the World Trade Centre.
“We as a club have decided that our continuing strategy of investing in the very best coaching options available to us is the only way to succeed and achieve sustainability. We believe Mike will take the platform set by the previous DOR (Henry Paul) and raise the quality once again. The standard of rugby is leaping forward in the region and we think that it’s our responsibility to ensure the coaching is always ahead of that. We have a product that we offer to over 120 senior players. We need to make sure it’s the best product in West Asia and the UAE”
Said Stuart Quinn – Chairman of the Dragons
The Jebel Ali Dragons had a successful 2017/18 campaign, winning the West Asia Premiership, winners of Eden Park 7s in both vets and social levels as well as being the Dubai 7s Mens Gulf Open finalists narrowly losing to the Exiles.