Dubai Rugby Sevens begins today, and in anticipation of one of the most colourful sporting events in the UAE every year, Paul Radley has delivered a full, comprehensive, extensive, exhaustive four-page preview for us in today's edition ofThe National.
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In addition to all that work, Paul has his five players at the International Rugby Board competition who will be among the most interesting on view.
1. Waisale Serevi (J9 Legends, International Vets)
The greatest sevens player ever? Definitely. His statistics on the world sevens series may have since been bettered by the likes of Ben Gollings, Tomasi Cama Jr and Uale Mai. But nobody has ever given more joy to supporters of this format.
2. Andy Farrell (Joining Jack, International Vets)
Now better known as the father of England and Lions fly-half Owen, the original Farrell was a great in his own time, mainly in the league format. Englandís assistant coach has some firepower alongside him with Joining Jack, so long as they can get to grips with the peculiarities of the union code.
3. Imad Reyal (Hunters, International Social)
One of the pities of the absence of the UAE from the main event here is the fact a talent as prodigious as this is almost hidden away. He scored the try of the IRB competition two years ago. This time around the Jebel Ali Dragon will be helping Hunters defend their International Social title.
4. Caleb Ralph (International Vets, Xodus Steelers)
The defending vets champions have their work cut out retaining their crown, but when they are in trouble they know they have a handy out ball. They won the title last years when Ralph, the former New Zealand winger, scored under the posts against Christina Noble on the buzzer.
5. Sean Crombie (Jebel Ali Dragons, Gulf Men's)
The speedy hooker was representing Scotland in the world series not so long ago, and has dominated the domestic game since moving to Dubai last year. The fitness instructor has won all four major finals he has played in.