Rugby in the UAE has undergone a meteoric rise over the last few years.
After the successful debut of the all-Emirati ladies team at the Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens last December, the standard of the game has risen beyond recognition.
The team recently made history when they competed in the Paris World Games – an experience that will certainly work wonders for the growth of the game in the UAE.
Apollo Perelini is one of the men whose relentless leadership can inspire more Emirati girls to take up rugby in the UAE.
Speaking to Sport360 earlier this month, Perelini said having these international tournaments available for the team can only encourage more female Emiratis to get involved in the sport.
He said: “If we can continue to give these types of opportunities to Emirati girls and enable them to travel to these tournaments and have these types of experiences, more and more girls are going to want to play rugby and pursue the chance to play for the UAE and represent their country.”