The highlights from the opening day and the schedule for Friday's IRB Tournament, first round.
Schedule: Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens
Holders Emirates International Trophy New Zealand
Gulf Championship Dubai Dragons
IRB World Series Samoa
10am, Pitch Two, Christina Noble v Swansea University Old Boys
Dan Luger, a 15s World Cup winner, Chris Sheasby, a Sevens World Cup winner, as well as a host of other former internationals turn out for the perennial International Veterans 10s champions, Christina Noble.
2.40pm, Pitch Two, Wooden Spoon Blues v Lahore RFC
The International Invitational competition is often regarded as a feeder tournament by the full IRB nations, and as such young talent abounds. Wooden Spoon have two New Zealand sevens players in their side, and a raft of players on the fringes of the Wales side.
4pm, Pitch Two, Dubai Dragons v Muscat
The Dragons currently top the UAE Premiership table with four wins from four so far this term. Trent Eastgate's side are also in pursuit of a third consecutive Dubai Rugby Sevens title this weekend.
IRB Tournament, first round
9.20am, Fiji v Portugal
9.42am, England v France
10.04am, Samoa v Wales
10.26am, Kenya v Arabian Gulf
10.48am, New Zealand v USA
11.10am, Argentina v Zimbabwe
11.32am, Australia v Scotland
11.54am, South Africa v Russia
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