As in previous years The HSBC Rugby Festival is jointly organised by Dubai Exiles RFC and Dubai Hurricanes RFC and is sanctioned by the UAE Rugby Federation.
We are once again extremely pleased to welcome HSBC Bank Middle Ltd as the platinum sponsor of the event and we are deeply appreciative of their continued support of the premier M&Y Rugby Festival in the Middle East. This will be the 8th year that HSBC Bank Middle East have been the title sponsor of the event and it is a continuing demonstration of their support for grassroots rugby in the UAE and the wider region. We would also like to welcome old and new friends, the players, coaches, parents, volunteers and supporters who have travelled from far and wide to attend the Rugby Festival and we hope that you have a truly sensational and memorable weekend.
Each year the tournament continues to grow in popularity. The 2016 Tournament saw over 230 Teams and close to 3,000 players participate in nearly 700 games across the two days as they competed for 110 Trophies. This is truly a sign of the interest and passion for rugby at a grassroots level which exists here in the Middle East and a true testament to the hard work that all the Clubs continue to put into player welfare and development.
A tournament of this size cannot be held and run without the very generous and ongoing support of many different individuals and sponsors. A special thanks to Hydroturf for the 1st Aid Vehicles, MedCare Hostpital for the professional medical services, Move One for the Shade Tents and Delta Sound for the communication equipment.
Whilst we do rely on the financial support and generosity of our sponsors, for the Festival to be the success it is year in and year out, we also heavily depend on the generous support of the hundreds of volunteers who give up their time to make the event possible. Without these volunteers we would not be able to host a tournament of this scale and as such we owe them a huge debt of gratitude. We encourage you as a player, spectator, coach or supporter to take the time out to express your appreciation to these people who have given up their weekend so the players can enjoy the rugby experience, the camaraderie and spectacle that is the HSBC Rugby Festival Dubai 2017.
As ever, we do hope that all of you will enjoy a truly sensational weekend of rugby - play hard, play fast, but play fair - please look to abide by not only the laws of the game and respect the officials decision but remember the spirit of the game is just as important and you are all custodians of this.
Have a great weekend of rugby and we wish all players, teams and Clubs the very best.
If there is anything we can do to assist you in attending our tournament please do not hesitate to ask. All enquiries should be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Tournament Directors:
Ronan Nash - Dubai Exiles
Peter Clapp - Dubai Hurricanes