was broken up after rugby's re-admittance into the Olympic movement after a 92-year hiatus at Rio 2016.
The youth tournament is part of the Arabian Gulf Rugby Football Union's (AGRFU
) long-term plan of developing rugby in the region.
Rugby across the Gulf will soon undergo a radical change with the rise of individual associations in each nation, and clearly the AGRFU
are laying the groundwork in order to get more Emiratis and Arabs involved in the game; a task that has been thrust upon the shoulders of Morton and development officer Gaith Jalajel.
A brand new format for rugby in the Gulf has been announced by the soon-to-be disbanded Arabian Gulf Rugby Football Union (AGRFU
) and will see Bahrain come up against some familiar and not so familiar foes.
But while the UAE will cope, former AGRFU
chairman David Skidmore is worried that the future of the sport could be kicked into touch elsewhere in the region.
The 2011 break up of the expatriate-driven Arabian Gulf Rugby Football Union (AGRFU
) for separate member states was the turning point.
THE Arabian Gulf Rugby Football Union (AGRFU
) bowed out of international play on a historic note on Friday, beating South Korea 21-19 at The Sevens in Dubai.
With sevens rugby included in the 2016 Olympics, the UAE RF -- which was formed from the break-up of the expatriate-dominated Arabian Gulf Rugby Football Union (AGRFU
) in 2011 -- has been tasked with spreading the game among UAE nationals.
The format of league rugby in the region from next season is still surrounded in uncertainty, but Friday's meeting with Abu Dhabi Harlequins provides the Arabian Gulf Rugby Football Union (AGRFU
) with the ultimate showpiece finale to the 2009/2010 campaign.
It's a milestone first for the UAE RF, who were formed from the break-up of the expatriate-dominated Arabian Gulf Rugby Football Union (AGRFU
) in 2011 and tasked with fully integrating UAE nationals into the sport through sevens.
The cup final is scheduled to be played on March 26, as the culmination to the 2009/2010 season, although a location has yet to be confirmed by the AGRFU
It was the first time they dropped down a tier in the three years since they assumed the Arabian Gulf Rugby Union's (AGRFU
) top-flight position.