Our Men’s Section are a leading force in Middle East rugby; our 1st XV are the current Dubai 7’s and UAERF XV’s Premiership champions, whilst our 2nd XV won the Plate Competition in the Dubai 7s and came 3rd in the UAE Conference last season. We offer the best coaching, physio and club setup in the UAE and we train and play at the premier rugby facilities in the region. Come and try us out!
We field various Men’s teams which compete in both the UAE and regional competitions. Additionally, the club enters the hugely popular annual Dubai Sevens tournament that is played in conjunction with the IRB World Sevens Series in December of each year. This world famous tournament was started by Dubai Exiles and was previously known as The Dubai Exiles Sevens. Over the years our men’s 7’s teams have acheived regular success in this tournament playing in front of 50,000 rugby fans with the event being televised worldwide to millions more fans. Our Men’s section train as one squad on Mondays and Wednesdays and play all home fixtures at the world famous The Sevens Stadium, where are about to open (in Sept 2018) our new Clubhouse overlooking 8 x world class pitches.
Men’s 1st XV
Currently Dubai Rugby 7’s 2017 Champions and UAE Premiership XV’s Champions, our 1st team squad caters to all those enthusiastic to play regular, competitive rugby. From young aspiring players to experienced elite players, all battle it out on the pitch every weekend competing in the various prestigious competitions in the Gulf, and we have the proud tradition of being multiple winners of these competitions. This coming season (2018/19) our 1st XV is playing in the newly structured UAE Premiership. This will consist of a home and away game played against the other 5 highest rated teams in the UAE. They will also play in the newly formed West Asia Conference League which is a cross border competition, including Bahrain.
Furthermore, our Men’s section boast a proud record of seeing a number of players regularly being selected for the UAE National side and last season was no exception with 8 selected including Exiles Captain Durandt Gerber as the UAE team Captain. Furthermore an increasing number of our 1st XV are home grown talent having come through our strong and unsurpassed junior rugby program.
We have a highly skilled and experienced management team compromising of:
- Director of Rugby/Head Coach – Jacques Benade (former Captain South Africa “A”, Blue Bulls, Natal Sharks and Treviso and Level 3 Coach)
- Physiotherapist /Sports Rehabilitation – Chris Page (former UAE National Squad Physiotherapist)
Men’s 2nd XV
Our 2nd XV, is also often referred to as the ‘Super 2s’ and competes in the UAE Conference Competition. It too plays every year in the Dubai 7’s. The 2nd XV offers a competitive, but social platform of Rugby and offers a good blend of U18 development players, aspiring 1st team players and seasoned Vets (over age 35) who offer leadership, experience and spirit.
- Coach – Gareth Venter
- Physiotherapist/Sports Rehabilitation – Chris Page
Feel free to contact our Director of Rugby, Jacques Benade, should you need more information or find out about opportunities in the men’s section, by email at Jacquesbenade@dubaiexiles.com or telephone +971 58 897 2961