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The Rugby

Abu Dhabi Harlequins is the city's biggest and most successful rugby club. For our Seniors, we boast three Men's teams, two Women's teams, a Veteran's team (for age 35 plus). Our Junior section covers all ages for boys and girls, from Under 5 up to Under 18. Our Under 5s up to Under 8s play a form of Tag Rugby (Quick Rip) and from Under 9s upwards the boys play contact rugby. From Under 9s to Under 12s the Girls can continue playing in the mixed squads playing contact rugby, or can choose to play in the Under 12 Girls category playing Quick Rip. From there they can progress to the Under 14 Girls (Quick Rip), Under 16 Girls (contact) and Under 18 Girls (contact) categories.

The Senior Men compete across three leagues from the UAE Premiership to the Community League which, although it may be seen as the social side of the club, is still a highly competitive league. Our Senior Women compete in a number of tournaments with teams from Dubai, Muscat and other Emirates. 

The club has current and ex-International players in both the Senior and Junior teams. Recently a number of our 1st XV players represented the UAE in their triumph in the Singapore 7's.

We are a family driven club. Our coaches and behind the scenes helpers are all parents and volunteers who bring experience and dedication that makes our club run like any professional club, from our in depth and player specific pre-season program to our historical involvement in the Dubai 7's, where as a club we have picked up many trophies but more importantly memories.

So if you are new to Abu Dhabi or you have been here a number of years our club is waiting to help you get back into rugby, get your little ones started or put your knowledge and skills to use as a coach.

For more information please contact:

Senior Rugby

Head of Rugby: Matt Thomas -

Club Captain: Joe Lynch -

Women's Rep: Georgia Barber -

Junior Rugby

Head of Rugby: Matt Thomas -

Junior Manager: Candice Woodhead -


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