Qatar Rugby Federation (QRF) has decided to launch the first ever Qatar Rugby Sevens League following its success at the Dubai and Qatar National Day Rugby Sevens which spans over eight weeks and includes preliminary rounds with each team playing each other twice– counted as 6 home and 7 away – and a finals series. 

The eight teams will play against each other for the title – Qatar’s 2016 Rugby Sevens Champions. This initiative has been brought by the commitment of Mr Yousef Al Kuwari, President of the QRF and Doha registered rugby clubs.

The new annual competition will act as a bridge between senior domestic players and national level players and also aims to serve as an incentive for Doha clubs to further engage new players, supporters, volunteers and sponsors, officials of QRF said. The initiative has been brought about by the commitment of the Doha registered rugby clubs and Yousef  Al Kuwari, President of the QRF.

He said:

In the coming years Qatar Rugby hopes to develop this competition and others to further improve the quality of Rugby and help embrace more players from clubs from all over the region.’

Al Kuwari added:

We hope the Qatar rugby community will come down and support their favourite team and this wonderful sport that we admire so much. We have an  bonanza evening install with premier grade rugby.’

Isaac Banks, Player/Manager DRFC Hurricanes said:

We think the Sevens Championship is a fantastic addition to the QRF calendar. A lot of players will enjoy the wide open spaces makes it a very exciting time to be participating in the first Qatar Sevens Championship.’

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Rony Georges, Captain Blue Falcons said:

We are quite excited about this tournament. We have more Francophone players joining so it will be a perfect opportunity to let as many players participate in all the different competitions.’

Bertus Pool, Player/Manager, College of the North Atlantic Qatar added:

The tournament is a great addition to the rugby scene in Qatar.  We are excited and fortunate to be part of this new development. Sevens is fun to watch and we are hoping to attract more spectators and grow the interest of rugby in Qatar amongst all nationalities.’

‘Our team is always up for new challenges and looking forward to the 7’s.’

Teams are already in high spirits about the championship league which starts on Saturday, 6 February at Aspire’s Warm Up Track.

For more information, visit qatarugby.com.