harlequins rugby team abu dhabi

As pre-season training gets under way for the Abu Dhabi Harlequins one thing is on their mind, more silverware. Whether it’s a 7s title or retaining the Community League title for the clubs 3rd team the Barbarians, one thing is certain it is back to business for the Abu Dhabi Harlequins.

With some pre-season rugby training boasting an in-depth and detailed program covering strength and conditioning in partnership with Vogue Fitness on Yas Island and the infamous Haddins WOD classes, that would test the metal of even the fittest of players. Skill sessions at Zayed Sports City are a change of pace and allow for time with the ball in hand and to sharpen those skills that will soon be tested in all three of the UAE rugby leagues.

Mike McFarlane harlequins coach

“It’s an exciting time for the club” – McFarlane

Head coach Mike McFarlane, said “It’s an exciting time for the club as the Mens, Ladies and U19s take on another comprehensive preseason in world class facilities to ensure they are in the best shape possible to start the season. Preseason whilst a tough time of the year really tests both mental and physical capacities and it’s always interesting to see players put their hands up from the off”.

Newly appointed Club Captain – Simon Walker summed up the clubs attitude and approach:

“Every team in the UAE plays hard and plays to win, our hard work in pre-season pays off every time we step onto the pitch. Training together as a club is the way forward, every section is down putting in the hard work”. “The program we are working to is a professional set up with baseline testing, results tracking and individually tailored aims and goals.”

Training is taking place at Vogue Fitness on Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursday from 18:50 sharp with pitch-based skills sessions held at Zayed Sports City Mondays and Wednesdays at 19:00. All ages and abilities are welcome, for more information you can contact the Quins via their club profile page here.

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