Serevi and Gollings coaching rugby in Al Ain

Sport360 staff 22:24 24/11/2014
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Touch down: Ben Gollings and Waisale Serevi launch the HSBC Rugby Festival.

Widely regarded as two of the greatest Sevens players of all time, Waisale Serevi and Ben Gollings, have landed in the UAE today to lead the HSBC Rugby Festivals powered by Serevi this week for more than 300 young Emirati  players.

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The Sevens legends will be spending time with the UAE National Schoolboys’ teams as they prepare to compete at the Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens next week.

 Eight teams will be vying for the UAE National Schoolboys trophy this year where the final match will be played on Pitch 1 in front of 40,000 spectators marking another huge milestone in UAE rugby.

Qais Al Dhalai, secretary general of the UAE Rugby Federation (UAERF) has been leading the rise of UAE rugby and is quick to highlight the importance of these expert coaching clinics for the Emirates’ next generation of stars: “It’s an honor for these young players to learn from the game’s most iconic Sevens players.

"Today we have over 3,200 Emirati boys and girls playing the game regularly in local schools. The UAE National Schoolboys tournament is the culmination of years of hard work at a grassroots level."

“Our key focus this week is to prepare the senior teams for the UAE National Schoolboys tournament next month. This means the sessions will focus on core skills, decision-making, and game execution,” commented Serevi, who led Fiji to rugby World Cup sevens victory in 1997 and 2005.

The below is a full list of all the local schools competing in the UAE National Schoolboys Tournament at the Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens from December 4-6.

Al Ain

1.     Secondary Technical School
2.     Al Sanawber School
3.     Emirates National School
4.     Mixed schools form Al Ain


1.     Al Shaarawi School
2.     Al Maarif School
3.     Vocational Education Development Centre
4.     Mixed schools form Al Ain

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