United Arab Emirates national rugby union team
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The United Arab Emirates national rugby union team competes in the annual Asia Rugby Competitions. They were once part of the Arabian Gulf team which consisted of players from various Arab States of the Arabian Gulf. In 2011 they were granted membership into the Asian Rugby Football Union and following a successful bid, were granted full membership with World Rugby. They are the newest and 100th member to do so. The current coach of the UAE national team is Apollo Perelini who has been in this role since 2015.
Rugby Union in the United Arab Emirates is governed by the UAE Rugby Federation (UAERF) who oversee the ever-increasing popularity of domestic expat rugby union leagues and competitions.
The majority of the UAE National squad are selected local expat rugby players from various UAE Premiership and Conference rugby teams. To qualify to play for the national team, players need to have completed thirty six consecutive months of residence within the UAE.
UAE 65 vs 13 Uzbekistan
Thailand 18 - 70 UAE
2015 Asian Rugby Championship Division 2 2nd (2 wins, 1 loss)
UAE 53 - 22 Thailand
UAE 19 - 20 Malaysia
UAE 16 - 12 Chinese Taipei
2014 Asian Five Nations Division 1: 1 loss.
2013 Asian Five Nations: 5th (4 losses)
2012 Asian Five Nations: 4th (1 win, 3 losses)
2011 Asian Five Nations: 3rd (1 win, 1 draw, 2 losses)
Cup of Nations
Their Test record against all nations:
- "Latest League Table Standings For UAE Rugby". Yalla Rugby. Retrieved 2018-07-27.