Sharks goes across borders


UAE Rugby today announced a ground breaking development with world famous Super XV franchise The Sharks, based in Durban South Africa, to co operate in the management of three High Performance Academy programmes in the UAE commencing in January 2013.

The Sharks UAE Rugby Academy, which will operate in three venues (Al Ain, Abu Dhabi and Dubai), will have a permanent Sharks staff presence and will aim to match the world class Sharks Academy which has produced 61 Sharks players and 13 Springboks.

Mohammed Falaknaz, Chairman of UAERF commented “We are truly delighted to team up with The Sharks in this first Academy of its type in Asia. After a global search it became clear that The Sharks Academy are the clear leaders in the field of developing players for professional rugby and we are understandably excited at this prospect and look forward to a fruitful and mutually beneficial partnership.”

Brian van Zyl CEO of The Sharks added “Our partnership with the UAERF is in line with The Sharks vision of being a leading Rugby Sporting brand and we look forward to a mutually beneficial relationship that produces top quality rugby players who go on to achieve globally.”

Hans Scriba MD of The Sharks Academy added “The Sharks Academy are excited about this new venture with UAERF and we look forward to growing this partnership and assisting with the growth of rugby in the UAE.”

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  1. Hell of a place to play rugby given the climate but the potential of the country is obvious to anyone who has visited Dubai or Abu Dhabi. Well done Sharkssss!

  2. We have already had the ground-breaking game between the Sharks and Crusaders in London. Any chance of a sort of half-way house S15 game between Sharks and an Oz or NZ team?