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UAE Rugby 7s – Asia Rugby 7s Competition 2019

The UAE Men’s 7s team won promotion last year to the Asia Rugby 7s series, which played out over the last few weeks. The series hosted three tournaments: South Korea, China and Sri Lanka.  It is the first time the UAE have played in the top level of Asia rugby, so was a milestone for the UAE. The UAE used the world class facilities here at DESC for training camps, S&C and training sessions in order to prepare for the huge task of competing at the top level in Asia.

Two staff members worked hard over the summer and were selected to represent the UAE: Mr Kennedy and Mr Mills both playing in the tournaments.  Mr Giles (Coaching and S&C) and Mr Hoey (S&C) were part of the coaching team in the run up and during the tournaments.  The grueling tournaments saw Mr Mills and Mr Kennedy play against full time professional players, many of whom will go on to play 7s at the Olympics next year. 

The Japan 7s team won the series this year, with a team that immediately prepare to continue on the World 7s series with the likes of South Africa, New Zealand and England. The UAE team’s goal was to consolidate their place in the Asia Rugby 7s Series and avoid relegation, a target that Mr Mills and Mr Kennedy helped the UAE achieve. 

Well done to Mr Mills and Mr Kennedy who, as always, have done themselves and the College proud.


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