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There will be millions of people in the UAE crowding around screens over the next six weeks as fans of New Zealand, Australia, Ireland, South Africa, England, Wales and many more watch their countries in action in the Rugby World Cup.
With numerous places to witness the drama unfold, Sport360 has selected our pick of where to watch the Rugby World Cup.
GARDEN ON 8, MEDIA ONE HOTEL, MEDIA CITY
Garden on 8 is based in a great location in Media City, and will be showing all the games live on a large projector screen. Throughout the tournament they will be hosting 'Garden Fest' – a celebration of food, beverages and live sport. Brilliant atmosphere guaranteed.
FACEBOOK: Media One Hotel
BARASTI, LE MERIDIEN MINA SEYAHI
One of the best venues in Dubai to watch the most prestigious tournament in rugby unfold. The beach bar will be showing all the matches on its giant screen, and there will be eight new TVs positioned around the front bar area. Food and beverages are served daily, with house beverages served from midday.
BIDI BONDI, THE PALM SHORELINE
An Australian sports bar located on Palm Jumeirah, Bodi Bondi has a superb outdoor area and several flat screen TVs with projectors to allow for a more cinematic view of the games. The nachos, chicken wings and ribs are highly recommended for hungry fans. A lively atmosphere is guaranteed, particularly if any of the Southern Hemisphere teams advance to the final stages of the competition.
FACEBOOK: Bidi Bondi
GIRDERS, JA OCEAN VIEW HOTEL, JBR
Girders offers a fantastic setting that unsurprisingly draws big crowds. With the largest screen in JBR, Girders is the self-proclaimed ‘home of the Rugby World Cup’. The steak and ale pie is a must.
FACEBOOK: Girders The Walk
VELOCITY, JW MARQUIS, DUBAI
Rub shoulders with legends like Ronan O’Gara, Jake White, Donncha O’Callaghan, Tom Shanklin and a host of other world class stars at the venue in Downtown Dubai. Large attendances should be a regular feature during the competition, with different packages available depending on your budget.
FACEBOOK: JW Marriot Marquis
KICKERS, DUBAI SPORTS CITY
The fun will continue as Kickers Sports Bar shifts indoors for the Rugby World Cup. It’s a great chance to unwind at the end of a working week, while at the same time, enjoying the live rugby and some highly quality entertained. Kickers, the location for Friday Night Bar Live, is open from 12 noon to midnight every day and offers something for everyone.
FACEBOOK: Kickers Sports Bar
NEZESAUSSI GRILL, DOWNTOWN DUBAI
Ultimate sports bar to watch the Rugby World Cup in Downtown Dubai, Nezesaussi is the perfect habitat for Southern Hemisphere fans. Its giant screens surrounding the bar make it a perfect venue to chill out and enjoy an après work drink.
GARDEN ON 8, MEDIA ONE HOTEL, MEDIA CITY
Garden on 8 is based in a great location in Media City, and will be showing all the games live on a large projector screen. A great atmosphere is guaranteed and their brunch on Friday is the perfect treatment at the end of a busy working week.
FACEBOOK: Media One Hotel
IRISH VILLAGE, GARHOUD
A lively atmosphere for all the games and certainly if your an Irish fan, it’s one of the best venues to go. The traditional feel in the Irish Village makes for an enjoyable experience.
FACEBOOK: Irish Village
AQUAVIVA TERRACE, MONTGOMERIE GOLF CLUB, EMIRATES HILLS
Get down to Montgomerie Golf Club and catch one of the 32 live matches being screened on their five large and six small TV’s. There will be be live Q&A’s with rugby legends and live music on selected days.
FACEBOOK: Aquaviva Terrace
MCGETTIGANS, DUBAI AND ABU DHABI
McGettigans has three bars in the UAE: two in Dubai and one in Abu Dhabi. With Ireland among the favourites for the Webb-Ellis Cup, this is by far the best place to go and show your support for the boys in green. With reasonably priced food, the chicken wings are a winner and never fail to disappoint.
COOPER'S BAR, PARK ROTANA, ABU DHABI
One of the capital’s top sports bars, Cooper’s offers superb service and great choice of food and drink. With four plasma screens, you’ll have a great view of all the live action from England and Wales. ‘Cooper’s Nachos’ and ‘Fried Calamari’ are among the best dishes on offer.
FACEBOOK: Park Rotana Abu Dhabi
PORTERS PUB, GRAND MILLENIUM, AL WAHDA, ABU DHABI
Located in the heart of Abu Dhabi, supporters from all countries are expected to follow the action at this venue in the hope that their beloved country can lift the World Cup. There is an impressive choice of drinks available, while on the food front, the ‘Lasagna’ and ‘Porters Club Sandwich’ are up there with the best around.
FACEBOOK: Grand Millennium Al Wahda
SPORTSMANS ARMS, ZAYED SPORTS CITY
Located in the International Tennis Stadium of Zayed Sports City, Sportsmans Arms is another great venue to watch the drama unfold in the capital. The American/Irish concept restaurant is the perfect place to enjoy food after taking in the thrilling action from England and Wales.
FACEBOOK: Sportsmans Arms
HOW TO WATCH ON TV
OSN will screen all 48 matches live. OSN Sports 1 HD has now become OSN Sports Rugby World Cup HD until the competition finishes on October 31.
Chris Robshaw is used to critics and the sharpening of knives over his personal performances and captaincy decisions. He has been vilified before and knows it will happen again.
Greater than ever, the spotlight is on the Red Rose captain as he gets ready to lead his nation at a World Cup, bidding to become the first Englishman to skipper his side to the ultimate glory on home turf.
This year has proved a coming of age for the 29-year-old, the doubters no longer questioning his leadership qualities or position in the starting line-up having played a starring role as England missed out to Ireland in winning the Six Nations.
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It is a far cry from the young lad who admitted that "rugby proved to be my escape", in his case an escape from the classroom, which proved to be an uncomfortable place for a dyslexic.
And rugby was also a release for this mother Patricia, who tragically became a single parent when Robshaw's father, Alan, died of a heart attack. Chris was five, and his mother had three boisterous boys on her hands with energy to burn.
"When Dad died it was extremely tough for me." he recalls. "Being young, I don't remember it as much as some of the rest of the family but it was really tough for me, my family and my mum, who gave us the most amazing opportunities. I'm sure we gave her plenty of moments and challenges and she was forever taking me places. She gave me that belief but also that work ethic."
His mother is a workaholic, running two nursing homes and stepping in to take the place of staff who call in sick. It's a work ethic Robshaw has seen at first hand and has been instilled in his approach to the game both in training and match time for both Harlequins and England, seemingly the quintessential player under the regime of England coach Stuart Lancaster.
He has left no stone unturned, speaking to the key figures in the 1991 and 1999 World Cup sides when the tournament previously ventured to English shores, and to the class of 2003, including Jonny Wilkinson who famously drop-kicked England to their only victory to date.
He said: "You want to speak to those guys to pick up every facet of information possible that can help you. A lot of them know what it's like to play in front of a home crowd. The expectation and excitement is going to be huge. It's about being ready for that."
For much of his early career, Robshaw was only ever on the fringes of the World Cup. He was in the initial training squad for the 2011 tournament only to be culled late on by then coach Martin Johnson. Rather than be embittered, he simply focused on forcing his way in and, in many ways, missing out was a blessing as England made a hash of it.
He was among the first new blood of the Lancaster regime, and there is a clear mutual respect between captain and coach: "He doesn't mind you speaking your mind and we've been able to have some very honest conversations."
Have those conversations stretched to the possibility that England could yet suffer the ignominy of being knocked out of their home event even before the pool stages are over? He added: "Look. we have great belief in ourselves as a side. We'll go out looking to top that group."
Despite a group of death including Australia and Wales. Robshaw has dared to dream of celebrating come the World Cup final. He said: "Lifting the trophy would mean the world to me. We're definitely aiming to do that. The boys who've played at past World Cups have told me what an incredible spectacle it is. I can't wait."
On current world rankings, they should make it through and Robshaw, who has turned to stand-up comedy and acting in the past to help better himself on and off the field, plans to leave no stone unturned.
On the eve of the tournament, it goes back to that dyslexic kid struggling for acceptance. that and his rugby taking him to the famous Millfield School renowned for producing a conveyor belt of English sporting talent. "The dyslexia and the rugby were the two reasons for me going there," he said. "As a kid I didn't appreciate it at the time being picked out but looking back it was extremely beneficial for me. They paired you up with similar people and you had that understanding."
Robshaw would love nothing more than be the man to be picked out to lift aloft the William Webb Ellis Trophy.