United Arab Emirates Rugby Federation

United Arab Emirates Rugby Federation, or UAE Rugby, is the governing body for rugby union in the United Arab Emirates. It was founded in 2009 and organises and oversees local rugby, including the annual Dubai Sevens and Dubai Women's Sevens, as well as all UAE national rugby teams. UAE Rugby became affiliated to World Rugby (then known as IRB) in 2012.

UAE Rugby
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SportRugby union
World Rugby affiliation2012
Asia Rugby affiliation2010


Prior to the establishment of a national governing body for UAE, rugby across the Arabian Peninsula was administered by the Arabian Gulf Rugby Football Union (AGRFU) which had been founded in 1974 [1][2] and oversaw rugby until the end of 2010 in six member countries: the UAE, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Oman and Qatar.[3][4]

World Rugby's governance restructuring project for the West Asia region resulted in the AGRFU being broken up into separate unions for each member country.[5][6] The UAE Rugby Federation was the first to be formed in 2009 and the UAE national team inherited the former Arabian Gulf team's world ranking.[2] Other national unions for Bahrain, Qatar and Saudi Arabia were subsequently created.

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  1. ^ "Asia Rugby Championship Division 1 2017 / RWC 2019 Qualifier". Asia Rugby. 10 May 2017. Archived from the original on 1 December 2017.
  2. ^ a b Hammond, Ashley (25 July 2010). "End of an era for Arabian Gulf". Gulf News. Retrieved 9 August 2019.
  3. ^ "Clubs playing in the AGRFU". AGRFU. Archived from the original on 16 April 2010.
  4. ^ "The Arabian Gulf RFU". AGRFU. Archived from the original on 28 April 2010.
  5. ^ "Major boost for West Asia" (Press release). International Rugby Board. 2009-01-16. Archived from the original on 2012-10-10. Retrieved 2009-01-19.
  6. ^ Ousman, Allaam (12 August 2010). "Ex-diplomat oversees changes in Gulf rugby". Emirates 24/7. Archived from the original on 19 July 2011.