a rugby dream – come true

I read this story in the paper earlier this month, and for some reason or other have forgotten to share it with you. So without further ado….

As you would imagine, being a South African, I am an avid rugby fan, and still love to follow the Currie Cup and Super 15 on TV. Rugby as a game is certainly getting more visibility in Dubai year-on-year. The sports results pages in the news-papers were pretty much all football and golf every week but lately there are more and more rugby results listed, albeit mostly about the UK teams and competitions.


[Ali Mohammed / source: The National]

On the 6th of May this year Ali Mohammed and Cyrus Homayoun became the first Emirates to play Test rugby for their country, when they came in as late replacements in the UAE’s game against Kazakhstan during this year’s Asian Five Nations. Happily the UAE won their game.

“It was a great day for me,” Mohammed, the Dubai Wasps back said. “Getting the chance to represent my country, I can’t describe the feeling to you. It was something amazing. I never dreamed I would be able to play for my country at rugby, but it came true all of a sudden.”

Mohammed works as an aircraft engineer in the UAE Air Force, and began his rugby career playing for the Dubai 7s team, the Falcons. He is also the fastest player on the squad, and a great team-player according to the coach.

Sadly the UAE didn’t win the contest, the reigning champions Japan won again this year. Exciting stuff!

p.s. you can follow the Dubai Wasps on twitter if you fancy – @DubaiWaspsRugby

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