As in previous years The HSBC Rugby Festival is 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 East Ltd as the platinum sponsor of the event and we are deeply appreciative of their continued support of the premier Mini & Youth Rugby Festival in the Middle East.  This will be the 12th 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 2022 Tournament saw over 240 Teams and close to 3,500 players participate in nearly 750 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.

Whilst we do rely on the financial support and generosity of our sponsors, for the Festival to be the success that it is, 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 2023.

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 the laws of the Festival and respect the decision of the officials – 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: hello@rugby-festival-dubai.com

 

Best Regards

The Tournament Directors:

David Tidman – Dubai Exiles
Ross Clow – Dubai Hurricanes