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  • 30 Aug 2021 5:09 PM | David Jacobs (Administrator)

    Registration for 2021-2022 is now open



    Junior training will start on 19th September at Zayed Sports City

    We're pleased to say that training will resume as normal for all age groups

    We look forward to welcoming new members and welcoming back previous members after what has been a rough 12 months

  • 12 May 2020 8:54 PM | David Jacobs (Administrator)

    So what have YOU been up to in quarantine? The U10s have been busy!

  • 24 Dec 2019 9:43 AM | David Jacobs (Administrator)

    We are heartbroken to inform the Club that Stephen Smith, our U19 coach, passed away on 23rd December 2019 around 6am UAE time.

    Stephen contracted Hepatitis A and after a good fight he unfortunately succumbed to liver failure, compounded by other complications.

    Stephen was in Ireland for the Christmas holidays and his friends there are working to repatriate him to New Zealand as soon as possible for a Maori funeral.

    Stephen was a valued coach for the U19s and will be sorely missed. Our heartfelt condolences go out to Stephen's family and friends at this difficult time.

  • 7 Oct 2019 8:53 PM | David Jacobs (Administrator)

    Niall Lear has Abu Dhabi Harlequins fired up as new era begins with 56-16 win over Jebel Ali Dragons.

    Click here for more...

  • 30 Sep 2019 10:19 AM | David Jacobs (Administrator)

    Vacancy: Assistant Coach - Senior Teams

    Abu Dhabi Harlequins are seeking to expand their senior squad coaching team for the coming season(s). The successful applicant shall work alongside the Head Coach and be responsible for delivering coaching elements as directed by the Head Coach.There will also be a particular focus on helping to develop individual skills throughout the squad. You shall also provide key feedback to individual players on performance feeding into the selection process.

    Key Responsibilities for the role include:


    In conjunction with the Head Coach prepare a season development plan with both macro and micro development cycles


    Plan and deliver individual training sessions linking into the season development plan objectives


    Develop individual player skills to benefit both the player and the team

     - Evaluation of Individual player & team Performance to feedback into player development & coaching plans


    Make team selections along with the Head Coach in liaison with the Senior XV coaches


    Taking an active role pitch side at home and away fixtures with the 1st XV & 2nd XV

     - Provide feedback to Abu Dhabi Harlequins Board of Directors through regular discussions with the Director of Rugby

    The successful candidate will preferably be qualified to World Rugby (or equivalent) Level 2 or have a good playing background, and be willing to work toward World Rugby Level 3. Abu Dhabi Harlequins shall support and encourage you in your coaching development with UAE CPD attendance encouraged. You shall also be able to demonstrate high personal standards, good communication and motivational skills while providing strong leadership.

    Training takes place at Zayed Sports City at 7pm on Monday and Wednesday with games on Friday and expectation will be for the successful candidate to attend all where possible.

    This position is a non paid role (however reasonable expenses will be covered) and is an ideal opportunity for someone to step into coaching either in the latter stages of their playing career or for someone wishing to develop their existing coaching skills further.

    Applicants should send a coaching CV and covering email to our Director of Rugby at dor@abudhabiquins.com to discuss and apply for the position.

  • 11 Sep 2019 1:01 AM | David Jacobs (Administrator)

    Want to be part of the action?

    Think you've got what it takes?

    At the heart of the Quins rugby club is a small, dedicated and tireless group of people who call themselves 'The Committee'. They basically run the show, organising everything from memberships and the finances to matches and the medical arrangements.

    The Committee currently has two vacancies which urgently need to be filled, and would like to encourage anyone who feels they can help in either of these roles:

    Commercial Officer:

    Responsible for maintaining existing relationships with sponsors, making sure they deliver against their promises, and actively seeking out new sponsors and identifying new opportunities, financial or otherwise. Anything that can save the club money or generate revenue is most definitely on the table!

    Junior Manager:

    Responsible for the smooth running of pretty much everything to do with the Junior teams (U5-U18). Matches, pitch bookings, communicating with Team Managers & Coaches, training schedules....you name it! This often means making sure that other Committee and Club members do what's required of them, but also needs a hands-on approach and someone with great organisational skills. Multi-tasking is the name of the game here!

    For more information don't hesitate to contact Lisa Irwin at secretary@abudhabiquins.com

  • 3 Sep 2019 1:02 PM | David Jacobs (Administrator)

    A huge congratulations to 3 of our players who have been selected to represent the UAE at a national level. This is a massive achievement for these players and is also testament to the quality, dedication and sportsmanship of the wider team, coaches, managers and club as a whole.

    Good luck boys!

    From right to left:

    Luke Stevenson, Ashbey Williams, Esekaia Dranibota

  • 24 Jul 2019 2:08 PM | David Jacobs (Administrator)


    News release


    23 July 2019

    Abu Dhabi Harlequins are pleased to announce the arrival of their new Director of Rugby, Mr. Niall Lear.

    Niall has extensive experience of delivering top level coaching to mini and youth players as well as at seniors club level. Niall has played at club rugby’s top level, and has earned international honours representing his home nation of Scotland.

    Having worked in highly-regarded international schools and at top level clubs, Niall has the experience and knowledge to drive the Abu Dhabi Harlequins to delivering the very best rugby experience for its members.

    Previously, Niall was a House Master and Rugby Coach for the internationally-renowned Merchiston Castle School for three years in Edinburgh, Scotland.

    Prior to this, he was House Master and Physical Education teacher for eight years at the Queen Victoria Military School in Dunblane, Scotland. 

    Niall’s achievements include representing Connacht Rugby A (2008- 2009), Loughborough University 1st XV Rugby (2000-2005), Scottish Schools Rugby (2000), Scotland u-18 Rugby (2001), Scotland Sevens Training Squad (2006/07), Rosslyn Park 1st XV Squad (2005/07), Glasgow Hawks 1st XV Squad (2004/5), Scottish Schools Athletics, and the GB u-23 Athletics team.

    Niall says his goal for the Abu Dhabi Harlequins is to make the club as successful as possible both on and off the field.

    Niall arrived at 6.30am on Monday 22 August and took charge of his first coaching session at Zayed Sports City at 7.00pm the same evening. He wanted to start pre-season training as soon as possible - and he did so, less than 13 hours after his arrival.  Niall says there will be a mixture of on and off field sessions over the summer getting the players into the best possible shape moving forward into the season.

    The committee wish Niall all the very best in his new role. We look forward to working with him to achieve the club’s goals.

    If you’d like to take part in the summer training programme, get in touch with the Abu Dhabi Harlequins club captain by email at clubcaptain@abudhabiquins.com or by ringing +971 50 905 0559.

    Andy Cole


    Abu Dhabi Harlequins

  • 15 May 2019 9:26 PM | David Jacobs (Administrator)

    The UAE saw off Guam in epic style with an 82-7 win in their first match of the Asia Rugby Chamionship, and the Quins were proud to see the following members representing the country:

    Chris Jones-GriffithsCraig Nutt, Barry Dwyer, Luke Stevenson, Murray Reason, Sean Stevens & Kini Natuna.

    You can watch the full match here: https://youtu.be/YqO9dh7oNic

  • 6 May 2019 9:37 PM | David Jacobs (Administrator)

    The location for the end of season Gala Ball has now been confirmed as Yas Hotel

    Click here to download the booking form

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