AGRFUArabian Gulf Rugby Football Union (Dubai, UAE)
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We are thrilled that the AGRFU has been afforded the honour of hosting the Rugby World Cup Sevens 2009.
The restructuring process will see the creation of a number of new independent Rugby Unions in the former AGRFU member states by the end of 2010.
We are delighted to be hosting the AGRFU courses next month," he said.
The AGRFU campaign wraps up a week later with the union's showpiece occasion, the Arabian Gulf Cup final, and Bahrain will be determined to be there to retain the trophy they won in such memorable fashion last April.
This, combined with their physicality, has resulted in them reigning supreme in AGRFU action for several years, and they are expected to put up a strong challenge for the Bahraini side.
I didn't make it to an AGRFU side, but I've made it for the UAE so I'm happy it's become a reality.
Things did not start well for the Gulf side with them losing Doha Oryx back Ann Firth, who sustained a leg injury in training two days prior to the AGRFU team's first match.
It was the first loss for Bahrain this AGRFU season, after opening with an 18-12 win over the Dubai Dragons at home in the Cup competition.
Last year's AGRFU Cup saw Bahrain's first team play its best rugby of the season, reaching the semi-finals of the main competition for the first time in five years.
The jewel in the crown of the AGRFU, the cup final, will feature the Dubai Hurricanes taking on a rejuvenated Abu Dhabi RFC.
In another match, Al Ain chairman Steve Arnott will be hoping his men's team will get to lift the AGRFU shield when they take on the Dubai Hurricanes 'II' on home soil.
Broken up to tap into individual National Olympic Committee funding, with sevens rugby to debut at the 2016 Olympics, the International Rugby Board (IRB) no longer recognises regional collectives like the AGRFU.