7 Days in Dubai - - SPORT -

For­mer Fiji sev­ens head coach Ben Ryan and his as­sis­tant Chris Crack­nell were in Dubai yes­ter­day to in­spire an emerg­ing gen­er­a­tion of tal­ented rugby stars at a spe­cial HSBC Grass­roots Schools ini­tia­tive with the UAE Rugby Fed­er­a­tion. The pair met young­sters at the Ham­dan bin Rashid school and will travel to Abu Dhabi in the com­ing days to help the play­ers for their fi­nal prepa­ra­tions for the Na­tional School Boys com­pe­ti­tion at De­cem­ber’s Dubai Rugby Sev­ens tour­na­ment. “It’s ex­cit­ing to help the game de­velop in a re­gion that doesn’t have a tra­di­tion­ally rich her­itage in rugby,” said Ryan, who led Fiji to gold at the Rio Olympics. “I look for­ward to watch­ing the progress of the Emi­rati play­ers here as we ap­proach the HSBC World Rugby Sev­ens Se­ries kick off in three weeks’ time.” The Dubai Rugby Sev­ens takes place from De­cem­ber 1-3.

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