x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 25 July 2017

Dragons field three teams

The first XV made easy work of their Emirates League opponents, Al Ain Amblers, as they claimed a 49-3 win.

DUBAI // The Dubai Dragons made domestic history during the weekend by becoming the first club to field three sides in the Gulf competition on the same day. The first XV made easy work of their Emirates League opponents, Al Ain Amblers, as they claimed a 49-3 win in the second round of matches in this season's Gulf Cup. Their second XV were far from embarrassed in defeat against the Abu Dhabi Harlequins' top side, while the third XV also went down to the Arabian Pot Bellies. "The fact that we can field three competitive teams is testament to the popularity of the club," the club captain James Wellings said.

"The amount of talent across the three sides is a not only a boost for the Dragons, but for Gulf rugby as a whole and is an indicator of the growing interest in the sport throughout the region. "For the boys themselves it is also an opportunity to stake a claim for a place in the four squads we are hoping to field in the Dubai Rugby Sevens." pradley@thenational.ae