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Dubai Tigers ladies - Kenya 2020

Front and centre, Steph Carte, Rebecca Octave, Morgan Gladden and Emma Ash

Earlier this month, four members of the Dubai Tigers ladies rugby team headed to Kenya to meet Storm Trentham, founder of the Kenya Lacrosse team.

Trentham, currently Head Coach of all the lacrosse programmes within Kenya, held U19 Lacrosse World Championship trials at St. Peter’s School in Mumias, ready for the U19 tournament which takes place in Ireland this summer.

Alongside the trials, the Tigers ladies; Emma Ash, Steph Carte, Rebecca Octave and Morgan Gladden, ran a two-day rugby camp for the St. Peters School rugby teams, including a highly competitive group of boys, who often finish top two in Kenya for Rugby 7s and 15s and regularly do well at the Eastern African Schools Championships,

The girls went armed with copious amounts of Dubai Tigers rugby kit, which they kindly donated to local players at the school and also donated other sportswear to Kenya Lacrosse trialists and Kibera Girls Soccer Academy.

How Can You Get Involved?

Stephanie Carte tells us how you can get involved if you or anyone you know is looking to go out to Kenya and volunteer;

“This is about so much more than just sport, so anyone and everyone can contribute hugely, whether young, old, sporty or non sporty!”

You can get involved with the U19 Kenya boys or girls teams by donating kit to the rugby teams in Kenya, or with other charity projects by getting in touch with the Tigers ladies or Storm Trentham at kenyalacrosse@dbasports.com

The ladies have future trips planned in April and May of this year, so get your spare or unwanted rugby stash dug out and get donating!

Hurricanes Ladies - Dubai 7s Gulf Womens Champions 2019

Hurricanes Ladies – Dubai 7s Gulf Womens Champions 2019

Only a few hours after their men’s team retained the Gulf Men’s League title, it was double joy for Dubai Hurricanes as they swept aside Emirates Firebirds 52-0 to add the Gulf Women’s trophy to their burgeoning collection.

Alexandrea Cook was the star of the show, claiming a hat-trick of tries and a total of 32 points in an impressive individual performance for a well drilled Hurricanes outfit. As well as causing a constant threat with her pace, Cook’s kicking also proved a significant factor with Firebirds struggling to secure possession from her well placed restarts.

It was Cook herself who benefitted from hesitation in fielding the opening kick off, leading to an early score under the posts. That set the tone for a first half where tries came at regular intervals – Paula McCarthy’s score on the stroke of half time putting the game beyond reach at 31-0 at the break.

Problems at the restart and the breakdown made it difficult for the Firebirds to keep hold of possession for long periods in the game, their brightest moments coming with a second half attack which set Jasmine Singh free down the touchline only to be dragged down when entering the 22.

The second half also saw the pick of Hurricanes tries with Cook again the beneficiary but the score coming after a number of slick handling combinations in a length of the field move with Sian Williams to the fore. Williams had herself earlier got on the scoresheet, with the additional tries coming from Harriet Witty and Jade Cunningham.

Despite their disappointment at the one-sided nature of the final, the Firebirds will take pride in their determination to compete and tackle until the final whistle, and can reflect on another successful tournament after beating a competitive Abu Dhabi Harlequins side 15-14 in their semi-final to reach a second final in three years.

For the Hurricanes, they will now claim to have usurped Dubai Knights Eagles (who they defeated in their semi-final) as the number one side in the UAE women’s game and will go in to the latter rounds of the Women’s Sevens Series as very much the team to beat.

Dubai Hurricanes: Alexandrea Cook, Bridie Johnson, Danielle Dempsey, Hannah Carey, Harriet Witty, Jade Cunningham, Minal Tailor, Paloma Adorisio-Hughes, Paula McCarthy, Sarah Keating, Shelley Forde, Sian Williams

Emirates Firebirds: Belinda Uyassi-Holloway, Carmen Gea Ortiz, Josephine Taofinuu, Kathryn McClay, Maria Picco Palacio, Marnie Howard, Melisa Lee, Monique van der Bank, Olivia Collins, Sydnee Chang, Nicole Bailey, Jasmine Singh

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Womens Rugby Union in Al Ain And The Rest Of The UAE Soaring In Popularity

Inspired by their favourite international players, ladies rugby is soaring in popularity in the UAE

One team leading the charge are Al Ain Amblers Ladies, who stormed to a B League title in early March following an emphatic win over Dubai Eagles Ladies and now enter the new season with a brand new sponsorship deal from Audi UAE.

“We had a great last season with some fantastic results,” says their coach, Martha Dyer, “We have a great set of girls who can’t wait to make our mark on the new season and proud that Audi are supporting them.”

Women’s rugby is one of Al Ain Rugby Club’s fastest-growing sports, with over 30 women starting the season this year, twice as many as in 2016 and a thriving girls’ mini/youth rugby section.

Vice Chair for the Amblers and seasoned player – Emma Tapuai said: “One of rugby’s attractions is that it’s something new that enables women to break a traditionally patriarchal stereotype, as well as benefiting physically, mentally and socially at the same time.”

The Amblers ladies wishes the best of luck to all the women’s rugby teams participating in the Women’s Gulf Leagues this season and looks forward to another year of promoting women’s rugby in the UAE.

Article By: Hannah Hall

4 tips to find UAE expat Rugby Clubs In Dubai

So you’re an Expat ready to find a local rugby club in Dubai, or other Emirates of the UAE?

Here at Yalla Rugby we know first hand about finding a rugby club in Dubai. Becoming an expat and moving abroad to a foreign land can at first be a pretty daunting experience. You’re choosing to start a new life in a country unfamiliar to you, and whilst extremely rewarding, it can take a while to settle in and find your feet.

Once you are settled however, it’s then time for you to find a sense of normality and to start living your life the way you want it to be lived. Rugby for example, is a universally spoken language that people all across the globe can understand. Playing rugby in Dubai not only gives you some beneficial exercise, it’s also challenging, and it teaches you discipline and various other life skills in the process.

UAE Expat Rugby

If you’re new to expat life in Dubai, enjoying living in the fantastic climes of the United Arab Emirates, you’ll know right away that rugby clubs in UAE are spread out everywhere, as it’s an incredibly popular sport in this part of the world. If you yourself happen to be an avid rugby fan, looking to play expat rugby in Dubai, you’ll need to be on the lookout for a club to play for. Finding a rugby club in an unfamiliar part of the world however, can be tricky, which is why we’ve compiled this handy article on how to find the ideal rugby team and club to support, so you can get those rugby boots back on!

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Finding An Expat Rugby Club In Dubai

The UAE Rugby Federation is the national governing body here in the United Arab Emirates. There are many different rugby clubs in Dubai, as well as numerous rugby teams and organisations with deep-rooted connections to the rugby world, so the clubs and teams are certainly out there, you just need to know how to find them. Check out our list of expat rugby clubs for a look at a list of local UAE rugby clubs. Looking at lists of this nature is ideal as we’ll give you a brief history of each club and the all important contact details for you to get in touch with to enquire about joining.

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What Should I Expect When Playing Rugby In The UAE?

If you’ve moved to the UAE from a much cooler part of the world, one of the first things that you will immediately notice is just how incredibly hot it is in the United Arab Emirates. For that reason, before you commit to any Dubai rugby club or team, first you will need to know what to expect. For example, playing rugby matches, and training for rugby, outdoors in intense heat is not to be taken lightly. Playing rugby and training in extreme heat is very difficult and very taxing, so it’s vital that you stay well hydrated at all times. Not only will you have to contend with the physical challenges thrown at you on the rugby pitch, you also have the burning hot sun to deal with. Even evening games are sometimes very hot and sweaty. As well as that, there is the language barrier to contend with.

Ask Around For Advice

Another great tip for anybody looking to play UAE Expat rugby in Dubai, is to ask around for any recommendations/suggestions on clubs that may be looking for new players. Gyms are great places to begin your search as there is a big bodybuilding culture in the UAE, and if there’s one thing that rugby players are known for, it’s their huge size, strength, and their love of pumping iron in preparation of games.

So with that new knowledge in mind, we wish you the best of luck when choosing a rugby club in Dubai and the UAE!!!

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UAE Rugby’s all-Emirati U18 Girls team, Al Maha, complete successful Sri Lanka training camp ahead of Asia Tournament

UAE Rugby’s all-Emirati U18 Girls team, Al Maha, recently participated in an intensive 7-day training camp, in Colombo and Kandy, Sri-Lanka, fine-tuning and honing their rugby skills and increasing their fitness levels. The purpose of the camp was to prepare the National (U18) UAE Rugby 7’s team for the upcoming U18 Girls Asia 7’s Tournament, which will be taking place in India, during October 2018.

UAE Rugby’s Head Coach, Apollo Perelini stated;

“The camp was a success, we’re seeing vast improvements in their abilities, and I’m exceptionally pleased with the commitment shown by this group of girls in developing their (rugby) skills and levels of fitness. Our players gained valuable experience and I am confident this (camp) has assisted preparations ahead of their participation in the Asia Rugby U18 Girls Tournament.”

On the final day of the camp, Al Maha were able to put the skills learnt to practice playing a number of friendly games with the Sri-Lankan U18 Girls 7’s squad.

Qais Al Dhalai, UAE Rugby Secretary General added;

“We extend our sincere appreciation to the Sri Lanka Rugby Union, where, through their co-operation and assistance this camp was possible.” “We also thank their entire team for welcoming our girls rugby so warmly, and for looking after them while in Sri Lanka.”



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We give you some reasons why you should find your local womens team and sign up

Women’s rugby is a sport notorious for being physical and leaving players with bruises, scratches and, sometimes, a high number of injuries. But off the field, the rugby atmosphere is unique in its camaraderie both within and with other teams.

A recent influx of rookie players signing up to teams in the region is bringing more of the deserved attention that this sport needs. The dedication to tournaments from all the teams in the Women’s Inter Gulf League have been an accurate display of this distinct sport’s conduct.

If you ever thought that women’s rugby was made up of a group of large, masculine, women who run around a field unremorsefully hitting each other, I can tell you right now that neither of those is true.

Women’s rugby is just like any other sports team, made up of a group of strong individuals who sign up to play one of the hardest sports in the world, and love every minute of it.

Everyone who plays can agree that there is nothing better. But, just in case you need some more convincing, here are some of the many reasons why you should find your local team and sign up.

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It’s Empowering

Playing rugby makes you fast, agile, and strong. It’s physically and mentally straining, but the ability to push yourself to the limit is an incredible accomplishment.

It’s a contact sport, scary at first but you go on the field and you feel powerful. You feel like you have total control of your body, of your mind, and of the game. There is nothing like the feeling of tackling someone, running with the ball, or scoring a try.

It’ For Eveyrone

There is a spot for any person on a team, regardless of shape or size. Front row players are solid and powerful. Locks are tall and strong. Back lines are quick, resilient, and have unbelievable endurance. Some girls can run forever. Even a scrum half who is 5’1 can find her niche.

You will see how strong you really are

Rugby players know how strong and capable they are. Learning how to tackle teaches us that no matter your size, you can take anyone down with the right technique. Tackling low and wrapping your arms around the opposing player will take them down, no matter how big they may be.

Part Of A Family And A Team

Whether you play fifteens, tens or sevens rugby, you are together on the field, and you have to work as a cohesive unit to stand a chance of winning. Rugby is so much about physically throwing your body on the line for your teammates during games and training, and that intense appreciation, love, trust, and support for each other is what the team reflects.

Most clubs have a senior section comprising of a men’s, ladies and veteran’s squad, and mini and youth sections providing rugby for both girls and boys.

If you would like to find out more about your local teams, visit our club guide at www.yallarugby.com/uae-rugby-clubs/ and find your nearest club. We promise you wont regret it!

Article by: Hannah Hall

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Eagles swoop for first silverware in Gulf Women’s 7s


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The 2017 Gulf Women’s 7s will go down as the first piece of silverware in Dubai Sports City Eagles’ fledgling history, after they swept aside Emirates Firebirds 29-0 in Saturday’s final. In less than half a season in existence, the Eagles have built a powerful women’s outfit and they proved themselves to be a cut above the competition over sevens weekend, conceding only one try throughout the tournament, in a 17-7 semi final win over Dubai Tigers.

The Firebirds, a side assembled predominantly from Emirates Airlines cabin crew, had done well to make it to the final and with their band of supporters in party mood, were determined to make the most of a centerpiece occasion on Pitch 2. But they had no answer to a suffocating Eagles defence and the powerful running of Hollie Murphy in the open field.

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Murphy’s early double set the Eagles on their way, demonstrating calculated running lines to open the scoring off a switch move before outflanking the Firebirds cover defence for her second. When Mairead Commerford’s jinking run put the Eagles 17-0 up at half time the game was effectively settled as a contest.

Whilst the Firebirds struggled to generate attacking momentum, they could not be faulted for commitment in defence against physically imposing opponents. Scrum half Harieta Vilsoni notably dishing out more than one shuddering challenege and Emma Fulloon tenacious throughout.
But their dogged detemination was not enough to unsettle the Eagles, who enjoyed long spells of posession for most of the second period. With the assured boot of Alexandrea Cook keeping the Firebirds penned in, further scores eventually came for Bethan Middleton and Hannah Aspden to round off a complete team performance, firmly establishing the Eagles as the pre-eminent side in UAE women’s rugby.

DSC Eagles: Bethan Middleton, Hannah Aspden, Stephanie Mandy, Tara Cooney, Helen Amos, Mairead Comerford, Santi Stiglingh, Sandra Kunkler, Hollie Murphy, Alexandrea Cook, Kim Larssen

Emirates Firebirds: Emma Fulloon, Monique Ven der Bank, Katherine Maclay, Sydnee Chang, Harieta Vilsoni, Melissa Lee, Damaris Segeyano, Bronte Walker, Klaira Ufi, Jesie Taefinuu, Kirstin Kuresa, Audrey Kamali

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