Beit Jala Lions

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The Beit Jala Lions (Arabic:-لايونز بيت جالا) is a rugby union club situated in the town of Beit Jala near Bethlehem in the West Bank.[1]

The team was started in October 2007 by international rugby players and local guys and later encouraged by members of the Munster Supporters Club. Their first full match took place in March 2008 against the newly formed Ramallah Blue Snakes, in the town of Khader.

In October 2008, the team travelled to Cyprus to take part in the Paphos Tag Rugby Tournament 2008, and play against the Paphos Tigers and Limassol Crusaders. The same month, the team had a tag rugby match against the Ramallah Blue Snakes in the Taybeh Oktober festival.

Plans are being made to host a Tag Rugby Tournament in the Palestinian territories, with some teams coming from Ireland.[2]


  • Nicola Stefan, (coach from October 2008), scrum half/flyhalf
  • George Antonio Maria, second row/number 8
  • Jason Pollack, flanker/scrum half
  • Samer Tareh, second row
  • Jamal Abu Farha, prop
  • Saleem Moussa Anfous, prop/flanker
  • Pari Gedeon, flanker/inside center
  • Usama Khamis, wing
  • Najeeb Makhlouf, hooker/flanker
  • Tony Ballout, wing
  • Apo Sahagian, outside center/wing
  • Dr. Nassar Khamis (Chairman)


  1. ^ "Rugby Goes Palestinian". Ma'an News Agency. 2008-03-15. Retrieved 2008-10-24. 
  2. ^ "Tag Rugby Match at Taybeh Oktoberfest". The Palestinian Chronicle. 2008-10-02. Retrieved 2008-10-24. 

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