By Chris Bath – The Gulf Rugby Paper, Date: 29/5/14
Rugby League in the UAE was given a boost this weekend with the fantastic turnout and competitive performance in the Rugby League Cup fixtures. Many rugby players in the UAE with Rugby League backgrounds have been keen to get back to their roots and it with this in mind that the UAERL organisers have been working hard to continue the development and enthusiasm from last season’s four team league. Rugby League has it's growing popularity in the UAE and players not having the opportunity to get out much in a game situation were relishing the opportunity.
Xodus Wasps and Abu Dhabi Harlequins RL were the winners as the UAE rugby league championship returned in style with a double header at Dubai Sports City.
George Yiasemides, COO of the UAERL said, “This saw the beginning of our vision for the future of rugby league within the UAE.
UNITED ARAB EMIRATES RUGBY LEAGUE NATION OVERVIEW
Foundation Year - 2008
International Team - Falcons
Top level domestic competition - Emirates National Rugby League
By Susan Parker, Date:22/4/13
The newly formed Rugby League Commission (RLC), the organisation behind rugby league development locally, will kick off the 2013 season on Friday 3 May at Dubai Sports City, bringing four of the UAE's top rugby league teams together to battle it out for this year's League crown.
UAE Rugby League has held its Annual General Meeting at the Jumeirah Beach Residence in Dubai.
The meeting launched the 2015 domestic competition – to be known as the Rugby League Cup - the Board approving applications from four clubs; Al Ain Amblers, Abu Dhabi Harlequins, Xodus Wasps and Dubai Sharks.
By Phil Caplan, Date: 24/4/13
The Lebanese Rugby League Federation has delivered Level 1 Coaching and Introduction to Match Officiating courses in Dubai, LRLF Development Officer Nayef Abi Said and LRLF interim COO Faysal Jaber conducting proceedings.
Seven coaches qualified over the two-day sessions and they will work in the inaugural four-team domestic competition, the TBWA/RAAD Rugby League Cup, which begins next month.
Plans are in place to increase the amount of domestic, representative and international rugby league played in and by the United Arab Emirates in 2015.
A new team, renewed State of Origin and preparations for the MEA Cup are scheduled according to UAERL President, Sol Mokdad.