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Domestic sevens tournament starts Friday

Back-to-back weekend of games aimed to grow local sevens player pool

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Dubai: The Inaugural Eden Park domestic Sevens Series kicks-off this Friday at the Jebel Ali Centre of Excellence and ends at Al Ain Rugby Club on November 23.

All of UAE Rugby’s affiliated clubs are taking part with veterans and classic teams kicking-off at 10am on Friday and women’s and men’s teams set to play concurrently from 1pm.

Only the top two in each pool of the Eden Park Series will qualify for the finals games, which will be played from 6.20pm through to 7.40pm.

Ian Bremner, UAE Rugby CEO, said: “This series is an integral step in our strategy to develop and promote the game to a wider audience especially the growing of the women’s game. It will also assist in developing our Emirati player pool. We are delighted to have the support of the clubs and believe this series will also provide them with a solid platform to maintain fitness and sharpen skills leading into the Dubai Rugby Sevens.”

Marwa Aleifa of UAE Rugby added: “Eden Park is well known and highly regarded in the world of rugby and we are pleased to have their support as a sponsor of UAE Rugby in the capacity of Official Outfitter. We are particularly delighted to have their support and passion behind our new initiative, the UAE Rugby Eden Park Rugby Seven’s Series, which has been developed to provide the popular seven-a-side format with its own competition in UAE Rugby’s Domestic Fixture.”