In January 2009, the International Rugby Board announced that the AGRFU would cease to exist by the end of 2010, to be replaced by separate unions in each member country. The first new union to be formed is expected to be that of the UAE. More recently,[when?] the Persian Gulf men's XV side finished off its rise from 1995, from having only played a handful of international fixtures to literally gaining respect from Rugby Unions around the world after successive wins against Hong Kong and Korea. The most capped player of the Persian Gulf is Mark Gathercole; this record will now not be beaten as the union has now[when?] been disbanded. It is also believed[by whom?] that Gathercole was the only IRB International Prop forward to have played on the IRB's World Series Sevens Circuit and hold a full international XV cap.