If rugby is ever really going to take hold among the Emirati public, Al Ain would be the perfect place for it to germinate.
That is both a curse and a blessing. Rugby perennially fights for attention with football in this country. It is a battle it is never going to win, particularly amongst UAE nationals.
However, that is not to say nothing any good will ever come of it. Almost all of the small core of Emirati rugby players started out with football as their first love.
Mohammed Hassan Rahma, the first indigenous player to play international rugby, started out as a goalkeeper for Dubai Club, for example. Hareb Al Azri, the Al Ain Amblers player, is a similar case.
Picking up the players who have slipped through the cracks in the football system could be a productive avenue for rugby to pursue, especially in the sevens format.
Not all aspiring footballers growing up in Al Ain will make it to play for the city's football team. If they can be encouraged to see rugby as a second option, they will find a local club who needs them.
More than any of the Dubai or Abu Dhabi clubs, Al Ain Amblers have suffered by player departures of late. Unlike the transient expatriate population, however, Emiratis are usually here to stay.