UAE Women’s Rugby Team Target Excel in Asia Rugby Sevens Trophy

by Marwa Mostafa

The UAE women’s rugby team has arrived in Doha carrying high hopes and great expectations ahead of their participation in the prestigious continental Asia Rugby Sevens Trophy.

The highly-anticipated tournament will take place until Sunday, November 5.

The team comprises 17 players and will be assisted by coaching and administrative staff. Board member Fawzia Mohammed Faridoun leads the delegation.

National team coach Apollo Berlini, assisted by coaches Philadelphia Orlando, Yusuf Shaker, and Nezar Mehran in administrative roles, will oversee the team.

The 2023 edition will feature teams from host nations Qatar, Guam, Uzbekistan, Iran, India, and Mongolia, in addition to the UAE team.

UAE’s performance outlook is solid, and it is anticipated that they will achieve positive results building on their outstanding performance in the previous edition. The team secured a bronze medal in the 2022 tournament played in Jakarta, Indonesia and clinched a silver medal in the Arab Championship in February 2023.

The Asia Rugby Sevens Trophy Tournament is one of the essential official tournaments in which the UAE women’s team participates, featuring young Emirati talent alongside players who meet the participation criteria according to the World Rugby rules.

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