The Women’s Sevens Series competition is a rugby 7s round robin style competition ran from September until March with a league, ‘finals’ and Dubai 7s Women’s Gulf rugby competition which has silver wear up for grabs each year.
Usually each club hosts a ’round robin’ tournament with the finals taking place up in Abu Dhabi this year (2018). Emirates Firebirds, RAK Rugby and DSC Eagles are three new additions to this years 2017/18 rugby season.
The tournament is seeded into A,B and C leagues which sees some teams entering 2-3 teams each, making sure that all levels of ability can enjoy a good run out.
Womens Rugby Clubs
- Dubai Hurricanes
- Abu Dhabi Harlequins
- Dubai Sports City Eagles
- Dubai Tigers
- Emirates Firebirds
- Al Ain Amblers
- Sharjah Wanderers
- RAK Rugby Ladies
- Kuwait Scorpions
Usually there is a 15s competition ran after the 7s league finishes up in March. Teams amalgamate to make up a 15s side and play a round robin competition with three regional sides, UAE North, UAE South and Doha (who will not be competing this year due to diplomatic reasons). This is not yet confirmed for this year as it usually depends on interest, numbers with possibility of a 10s tournament instead.
The standard in the gulf ladies rugby has improved in the last few years with current players having Premiership and International experience and other players returning to play International and Premiership rugby. Most of the clubs compete in social summer 7’s and beach rugby tournaments around Europe, with some local rugby clubs being successful in winning those tournaments.
There are talks that UAE rugby will be incorporating an U19’s Girls competition with the Women’s tournaments to hopefully increase the interest in local women’s rugby. This will hopefully happen in February tournament in Sharjah.
Overall girls and women’s rugby is growing in UAE, for both Emirati and expat players.