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 final (posting a 42-7 win over Qatar) and a thrilling, close final against Shaheen (14-12)’ said newly appointed Arab Rugby Chairman, Qais Al Dhalai. “From UAE Rugby’s perspective we are very proud of the progress made by Shaheen. Their performance throughout the day, and in the final, has shown dividends from their hard work with Apollo (Perelini). We now look forward to Shaheen playing a more competitive game throughout the season.”
“The way UAE Shaheen came together as a team against a very good side and stayed in the game right down to the end speaks volumes about how much they have improved in recent months.”
Commenting on the tournament, Al Dhalai said, “This tournament was an effort from the newly established the Arab Ruby Federation. We were delighted to host 4 of our 9 member unions (within Arab Rugby) for the inaugural UAE Rugby Dubai Airports International 7’s tournament, and will work closely with each union for more teams to participate at what we envisage will be an annual tournament”. “Our sincere thanks goes to Dubai Airports for their support and sponsorship of both UAE Shaheen and this developmental 7’s tournament.” added Al Dhalai.
“The way UAE Shaheen came together as a team against a very good side and stayed in the game right down to the end speaks volumes about how much they have improved in recent months. We are very proud of the team and the coach for all their hard work and commitment and we believe the UAE Shaheen is well on its way to becoming a side to reckon with.” said Anita Mehra, Vice President of Communications & Business Development at Dubai Airports.
The annual UAE Rugby Dubai Airports International 7’s has been designed for emerging teams to participate and be exposed to an international tournament against teams of the same skill and fitness.
4 teams participated in the inaugural tournament, including Dubai Airports UAE Shaheen, KSA, Lebanon, and the first all-Qatari National team.