Saturday, November 5, 2011

Emirates Airlines Cup of Nations


As reported several weeks ago, South America´s number four ranked side is to join Hong Kong, Kenya and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in the forthcoming Emirates Airlines Cup of Nations, in Dubai from 10-16 December. The significance of the new event has resulted in the official website of rugby authorities, http://www.irb.com/, getting behind the event by producing online material about the tournament. It is to be a joint initiative by two of Asia´s top five teams, Hong Kong and the UAE and to be the first tournament of its kind involving teams from three continents and fulfils the need for all four nations to play more Test matches. All four teams will play each other once each in a demanding three match schedule of a duration of under one week.

“We are delighted to be participating in the inaugural Emirates Airlines Cup of Nations in Dubai. The competition against Kenya, Brazil and the UAE will further improve our preparations for the HSBC Asian 5 Nations and the upcoming qualification process for Rugby World Cup 2015,” said Trevor Gregory, HKRFU Chairman.


“It is increasingly vital that teams get as much exposure to high-level Test rugby as possible and the intensity of the competition, which will see each team play three matches within a week, will prove important in competitions later on in the year.”

Mark Egan, the IRB Head of Development and Performance, added: “The IRB is happy to support this excellent initiative by the UAERA and HKRFU. Cross Regional competition between nations of a similar IRB ranking will allow us to benchmark these Unions against each other and see how they are progressing.


“We are particularly excited to see Brazil participating as this is a targeted Union within the IRB Strategic Investment Programme and we are already beginning to see improved international performances from both their Sevens and fifteens programmes.”

Emirates Airlines Cup of Nations schedule

10 December 13:00  Brazil vs Kenya
10 December 15:00 – Hong Kong vs UAE

13 December 18:00 – Hong Kong vs Kenya
13 December 20:00 – UAE vs Brazil

16 December 15:00 – UAE vs Kenya
16 December 17:00 – Hong Kong vs Brazil

With Thanks: www.irb.com

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