UAE national side harbour 2017 Rugby League World Cup ambitions

You cannot fault them for being ambitious in their endeavours and with hard work and the required wins, it is a very real possibility, as the United Arab Emirates national coach believs that qualification for the 2017 Rugby League World Cup is a feasible ambition.

Sol Mokdad, who is the Chief of the Rugby League Commission, has once again reiterated both a desire and an intent to get a UAE side ready for the 2017 World Cup.

“We have three years to prepare and we think, with the right structures in place we could beat teams like Italy or Lebanon,” Mokdad said, after reflecting on the talent on show in the tournament that concluded on Friday.

“The road to the World Cup is so much easier in league. The flexibility we have is much more than in rugby union. They are concentrating on nations round here and they want one team [to qualify].”

With the Abu Dhabi Harlequins urbana payday loan dominating the recent Rugby League Cup in the region, Tony Scott oversaw the competition and believes that rugby league can scale further heights than rugby union in the country, despite the fact that league has only just started gaining traction.

“Sol’s idea of a World Cup team is a very, very good one and it is a lot more realistic than people think,” Scott said.

“I don’t think within the next 15 or 20 years you will see a UAE rugby union team at a World Cup. We are that far off the mark with regards the national game.

“But in rugby league, in our area we could go and topple Lebanon, who have had sides in the World Cup before.

“There is a real opportunity there. It is just a matter of putting heads together, coming up with the right ideas, the right structures for a competition and it really could go from strength to strength.”

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