Rugby union in the Arab states of the Persian Gulf

Rugby Union In The Arab States Of The Persian Gulf

Rugby union in the Arab states of the Persian Gulf

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Rugby union in the Arab states of the Persian Gulf is a minor, but growing sport. The "Arabian Gulf team" is currently ranked 40<sup>th</sup> in the International Rugby Board's world rankings which ranks the IRB's ninety-five full member countries. Out of 4645 registered rugby union players in the Persian Gulf region, 2950 are pre-teens or teenagers.

Governing body

The governing body for rugby in the Arab states of the Persian Gulf, until 2010, is the Arabian Gulf RFU, whose headquarters are located in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The AGRFU was founded in 1977, and joined the IRB in 1990.Bath, Richard (ed.) The Complete Book of Rugby (Seven Oaks Ltd, 1997 ISBN 1 86200 013 3) p62

At the end of 2010, the AGRFU was broken up, with new unions to be established in each member country, as announced in January 2009 by the IRB. The first national union to be formed from the AGRFU is expected to be that of the UAE. The AGRFU's representative team played its final Test match in May 2010.

History

Rugby was first brought to the region by the British military around the mid-20th century. In addition, some Arabian royals and nobles have been sending their sons to English private schools for years, where they have picked up the game.

The sport was promoted by Commonwealth ex-patriates working in the oil industry, and...
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