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RAK Rugby To Relocate From Sand Pitch
The very unique rugby club that is RAK Rugby, based in Ras Al Khaimah will be swapping the golden sands of the Northern Emirate, to green grass at their new HQ at Tower Links Golf Club.
RAK Rugby (previously known as RAK Goats) have played at the only purpose built sand rugby pitch in the UAE based at the Bin Majid Beach Resort.
Due to an increase in numbers they have taken the decision to up sticks and base their new premises at Tower Links Golf Club in the city centre of Ras Al Khaimah.
“Now we’ve changed the name to RAK Rugby it makes it really obvious who we are and what we do”
Simon Williams, RAK’s player-chairman believes they have outgrown the sand pitch they called home during their opening season in the UAE Community League.
Williams said, “We may still go back there and use it, and it was a great thing in terms of giving us a place in Ras Al Khaimah”.
“But we now have two mini rugby teams and the sand pitch has been a challenge to get interest for new players. Some were OK with it and stuck with it, the same with some of the senior players. Other rugby clubs love playing against us at home for that one off experience, finishing with a cold drink in the sea afterwards, because it is just great fun. When you’re training on it day in, day out, then it’s a different experience.”
There have been some big changes with the club over the pre season with local resident and former Dubai Hurricanes prop forward Craig Chapman coaching coaching the record numbers attending training sessions.
“Last year, if we got 15 players to training we were jumping for joy”, added Williams. “Now we’ve changed the name to RAK Rugby it makes it really obvious who we are and what we do”
The club will be hoping to have a rugby team of 40 strong before the start of the 2017/18 UAE rugby season, as numbers have seen a huge boost at training, with still more players due back from summer vacations.
We look forward to covering plenty of the RAK rugby games this season. Lets hope the grass really is greener on the other side for this popular local rugby club.