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As the premier sports section in the club, the Bahrain RFC 1st XV Squad has enjoyed great success since its formation in the early 1970s.

Haivng established themselves as the standard-bearers in the early years of Gulf competitions, Bahrain continued to dominate up until the late 1990s and can proudly stand by the richest history of any of the clubs around the region, despite the unprecedented growth and development of the UAE sides over the last 15 years.

The demise of the Arabian Gulf Rugby Football Union (AGRFU) in 2010 coupled with an ever-increasing number of clubs popping up has meant constant reshuffling of the structure of seasonal competitions in recent years.

For the 2012-2013 campaign, Bahrain’s first XV squad is competing against some of its oldest rivals; Doha, Muscat and Kuwait, in the Gulf Conference from September through to December and will be out to secure one of the two spots in that competition, to ensure qualification for the Gulf Top Six against the four best teams from the UAE Premiership in the new year.

The team trains on Monday and Wednesday nights from 7.30pm at the club under the guidance of former Hong Kong Sevens team coach Jim Rowark, now in his fifth year with Bahrain.

For those players who aren`t so competitive and don`t necessarily wish to compete week-in and week-out, the club boasts two social sides in the form of the Golden Oldies (over 35s) and Firbolgs (second team). These two teams also get regular fixtures against visiting Navy Teams, in inter-club matches and other matches as well as particpating annually at the Dubai Sevens.

Bahrain RFC is known the region-over (and indeed further afield) for its hospitality and there is no better time to visit the club than during a first XV home game played out in front of the legendary loyal and vociferous home support.

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Bahrain lose out to Doha

It was a disappointing end to the season for the first XV on Friday as they lost out to old rivals Doha in Qatar. Friday’s clash was a fourth meeting of the season between the two sides and with them being level on points in the Gulf Top Six table heading into the match, there

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Third place up for grabs as first XV head to Qatar

The first XV will travel to Qatar this morning for the final round of the Gulf Top Six campaign against old foes Doha. Although both teams are now out of the reckoning for next week’s West Asia Cup Final, the rivalry between the pair is such that there will be no love lost come today’s

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Under-12s make history

The under-12 rugby team made history over the weekend as they became the first side from outside the UAE to be crowned HSBC Junior Rugby Series champions. The fourth and final round of this season’s series took place at Doha RFC on Friday and after two finals appearances – in Abu Dhabi and Dubai –

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First XV fall short against league champions

The first XV produced a magnificent performance in their final home game of the season over the weekend but it wasn’t enough to see off the challenge of the all-conquering Abu Dhabi Harlequins. The Quins traveled to Saar on Friday having already been crowned Gulf Top Six champions a couple of weeks ago and keen

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Kick-off time changed for tomorrow’s crucial Gulf Top Six clash

Members please note that the kick-off time for this Friday’s crucial Gulf Top Six game against Abu Dhabi Harlequins has been brought forward to 4pm. Aside from being the last competitive home game for the next six months here at Bahrain RFC, Friday’s game could still have a huge bearing on the story of this

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First XV brought back down to earth

Bahrain Rugby Football Club’s (RFC) first XV’s hopes of securing a place in this year’s West Asia Cup Final suffered a serious set-back over the weekend as they went down to a disappointing defeat to Dubai Hurricanes in the Gulf Top Six. Bahrain went into the game – played out at the 7evens ground in

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McNultys making waves

The annual Six Nations Championship always attracts plenty of attention among the respective European expatriate communities here at Bahrain RFC but there has been particular attention on the under-20s version this season, as one of our own continues his rise up the international ranks. 18-year old Sean McNulty is one of a pair of brothers

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First XV keen to keep up momentum

The first XV travels to Dubai this morning seeking a fourth league win on the bounce when they take on the Hurricanes. Victory at the 7evens ground today would cement Bahrain’s position in second place in the league standings and keep them on course for a meeting with Abu Dhabi Harlequins in the West Asia

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Bahrain go second after taming the Dragons

Bahrain Rugby Football Club’s (RFC) first XV moved into second place in the Gulf Top Six table over the weekend thanks to a thrilling bonus point win away to reigning champions Jebel Ali Dragons. The win, which was based on a phenomenal effort from the pack and some clinical try-scoring, was Bahrain’s first over the

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This weekend at Bahrain RFC

It was something of a quiet Thursday by Bahrain RFC’s normal standards but fear not; there’s plenty else going on over the course of the rest of the weekend. Although the first XV are in Dubai todayto take on Jebel Ali Dragons, there’s a whole host of live sport for you to enjoy, starting with

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First XV earn dramatic bonus point win over Abu Dhabi Saracens

The first XV left it late but eventually secured a second Gulf Top Six victory on the bounce as they overcame a spirited Abu Dhabi Saracens outfit 36-31 last weekend. After a decidedly patchy performance by their own admission, the lads will have been keen to get the bonus point in the bag but there

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Reid a welcome addition to coaching team

The first XV take on Abu Dhabi Saracens in the Gulf Top Six this weekend after what has been something of a disappointing first half to the campaign. They do so with renewed vigour however, thanks to the addition of former New Zealand Colts and Auckland Blues prop Michael Reid to the coaching ticket. In

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Sports Camp registration extended

Members are advised that registration for the upcoming Half-term Sports Camp has been extended until the end of the week. The legendary kids camp, which will run from February 23rd to February 26th, will once again be open to girls and boys, members and non-members, aged five to 15 and will feature a host of

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Bahrain RFC in the news: “Getting into the Festival Spirit”

Local News Getting into the festival spirit Posted On » February 12 – 18, 2014 (Volume:12 / Issue 59) THERE was a true festival spirit at Bahrain Rugby Football Club over the weekend as the Janibiya facility played host to a ‘Festival of Rugby’. Run over the course of three days, the festival combined two

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Bahrain RFC in the news: “Bahrain born Munster player relishing his training chance against BOD”

http://thescore.thejournal.ie/ireland-six-nations-training-harry-mcnulty-1311481-Feb2014/ HARRY MCNULTY FINDS himself with the Munster Academy via Bahrain, London, New York and Rockwell College. The 20-year-old centre told TheScore.ie his true sporting love is ice hockey yet he finds himself chasing a developmental contract with Munster. He will line up against the Irish players that savaged Wales 26-3 in the last weekend.

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Rallying call for female rugby players

Following on from the successful return to action of the Bahrain RFC Ladies Sevens team a couple of weeks ago – see http://thegulfrugbypaper.com/kuwait-scorpions-tournament/ for details on a magnificent day for the Bahrain girls – the club would like to issue another call to anybody else who might interested in getting involved in Ladies rugby. Such

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Bahrain back to winning ways

The first XV got back to winning ways over the weekend as they earned a hard-fought victory over Dubai Hurricanes in the latest round of the Gulf Top Six in Saar. The 30-23 final score saw Bahrain leapfrog their opponents into fourth in the league standings but it didn’t come easily by any means and

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Bahrain RFC in the news: “HSBC Youth Rugby Series Next Stop….. Bahrain”

HSBC YOUTH RUGBY SERIES NEXT STOP… BAHRAIN! Former England Rugby ace Lewis ‘Mad Dog’ Moody supporting the next generation of Gulf rugby stars Bahrain. Wednesday, 5 February 2014: Former England captain and HSBC Rugby Ambassador, Lewis Moody, jets into Bahrain this weekend for the third leg of the HSBC Youth Rugby Series – the annual

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Full details on Bahrain RFC’s Festival of Rugby

Almost 40 rugby teams from all over the Gulf region will descend on Bahrain Rugby Football Club (RFC) in Saar this weekend for the club’s ‘Festival of Rugby’ celebrations. Combining two of the biggest events of Bahrain RFC’s calendar – the Midnight Veterans’ Tens and the HSBC Junior Rugby Festival – the Festival of Rugby

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Junior teams look to build on Dubai performances

Bahrain RFC’s underage teams will be gunning for glory on home soil this weekend as they take part in the latest round of the HSBC Junior Rugby Series. The competition can’t come soon enough for the Bahrain players, as they look to build on some excellent performances at the Dubai leg of the series two

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First XV go down to Abu Dhabi

The first XV had a tough day at the office in their latest Gulf Top Six outing over the weekend, as they fell to a heavy defeat away to the unbeaten Abu Dhabi Harlequins. Traveling to the runaway league leaders was always going to pose a serious challenge to Bahrain’s already small squad but without

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Bahrain Ladies make waves in first tournament

There was a remarkable day of live sport at Bahrain RFC on Friday, as Dubai Hurricanes lifted the Kuwait Scorpions Ladies Sevens title and in the process moved another step closer to retaining the Gulf Ladies Sevens League championship. The big talking point of the day however – from the host club’s point of view

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Daunting task lies in wait for First XV

A depleted first XV will travel to the UAE capital today for a crunch Gulf Top Six meeting with league leaders Abu Dhabi Harlequins. A nightmare run of injuries contributed to Bahrain’s home defeat at the hands of Doha last week and going up against the only remaining unbeaten side left in the competition on

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Bahrain Ladies to mark their return

Bahrain RFC’s Ladies team will mark their return to action after almost a decade in the wilderness tomorrow when they take part in the Kuwait Ladies Sevens tournament here on home soil. Over 100 players from the UAE and around the Gulf will be flying into Bahrain tomorrow morning for what is the latest round

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Ladies set for Sevens feast

The cream of ladies rugby in the Gulf will make a welcome return to Bahrain RFC this weekend as the club once again plays host to the Kuwait Scorpions Ladies Sevens tournament. Following on from the success of last season’s event, even more teams have signed up to make the trip for what will be

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First XV slip to second successive defeat

The first XV yesterday slipped to a second successive home defeat in the Gulf Top Six as a string of injuries to key players during the second half contributed to them going down 24-16 to near rivals Doha. It could have been all so different however and indeed it was for the guts of an

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Plenty of changes for Doha clash

The first XV squad for tomorrow afternoon’s crucial Gulf Top Six clash versus Doha has been named, with a number of forced and unforced changes to the side that endured a disappointing loss to Jebel Ali Dragons last weekend. In the pack, Rich Muncaster is a considerable loss to the front row but Gareth Brown

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Junior Sports Update – Friday, January 24th

Members are advised that due to the Bahrain teams’ participation in the HSBC Junior Rugby event in Dubai this weekend, normal junior rugby training for under 8s, under 12s and under 14s tomorrow, Friday 24th, has been cancelled. Under 6s and under 10s training will carry on as normal from 9am. Junior Gaelic will also

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This weekend at Bahrain RFC

The weekend is here again and we’ve got another full line-up of events and activities to keep everyone occupied at Bahrain RFC. Tomorrow is a big rugby day at Bahrain RFC as firstly, club stalwart Mike Burton celebrates his 70th birthday with an exhibition match from 2pm. Following that, the first XV will be out

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Bahrain RFC in the news: Burton turns 70 in style

Sports News Burton turns 70 in style Posted On » January 22 – 28, 2014 (Volume:12 / Issue 56) http://www.gulfweekly.com/Articles.aspx?articleid=31657 While there are no strict guidelines on how one should celebrate a 70th birthday, it is safe to assume that not many would choose to take part in a full-contact, 15-a-side rugby match. But that

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Junior squads set for Dubai tournament

Bahrain’s junior rugby players will be among 4,000 youngsters aged between six and 18 from all around the GCC, descending on the 7evens ground in Dubai this weekend for the latest stage of the biggest grassroots rugby event in the region. Round two of the 2013-2014 HSBC Youth Rugby Series, now in its fourth year,

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Ladies Rugby makes welcome return

Senior Ladies Rugby will make a welcome return to Bahrain RFC tonight after a lengthy absence. It’s five years since Bahrain last fielded an all-female team – an under-18s girls team that traveled to a number of tournaments around the Gulf that season – and even longer since a full ladies team flew the club’s

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Disappointment for first XV in Gulf Top Six

The fist XV’s Gulf Top Six campaign fell back to earth with a shuddering thud yesterday as they were beaten at home by reigning champions Jebel Ali Dragons. Keen to pick up where they left off last week in securing a bonus point away win over Abu Dhabi Saracens, Bahrain unfortunately got off to the

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Team named for big Top Six clash

The Bahrain team to face Jebel Ali Dragons in this afternoon’s big Top Six clash in Saar has just been confirmed, with fitness issues resulting in a number of changes to the starting line-up from last week’s victory over Abu Dhabi Saracens. Although the front row unit of Rich Muncaster, Arron Dalgarno and Sal Wilson

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Bahrain RFC in the News: “Charity Crusade”

Sports News CHARITY CRUSADE By Stan Szecowka Posted On » January 15 – 21, 2014 (Volume:12 / Issue 55) THE campaigning Crusaders rugby stars will be touching down in Bahrain today from the UK to help kick-start the GREAT British Week celebrations on a sporting front. They will enjoy a gala charity dinner at the

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Tickets sales for Crusaders Dinner to close tonight

Members are advised that ticket sales for this weekend’s Crusaders Charity Dinner will close at 7pm this evening (Tuesday). Those who have reserved places or expressed interest in attending are also asked to come in and purchase their tickets. Launched out of the Scottish capital Edinburgh in 2008, The Crusaders is a unique rugby club

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Bahrain off to winning start in Gulf Top Six

The first XV couldn’t have asked for much of a better start to their Gulf Top Six season as they secured a bonus point 35-20 away win over Abu Dhabi Saracens yesterday. While the scoreline may suggest something of a comfortable margin of victory, Bahrain had to dig deep to gain maximum points here, particularly

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Team named for Saracens clash

Bahrain Rugby Football Club’s (RFC) first XV face into the first game of the Gulf Top Six competition this afternoon, as they travel to the UAE to take on Abu Dhabi Saracens. With the Saracens club having only been established in 2011, today’s game is the first ever meeting between the two clubs and so

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Bahrain RFC in the news: “Bahrain stars set for Abu Dhabi clash”

Sports News Bahrain stars set for Abu Dhabi clash Posted On » January 8 – 14, 2014 (Volume:12 / Issue 54) It will be a case of stepping into the unknown this week for Bahrain Rugby Football Club’s (RFC) first XV in the opening round of the Gulf Top Six competition as the men from

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Gulf Top Six fixtures confirmed

Bahrain RFC would like to advise members and supporters of the upcoming first XV fixtures in the new Gulf Top Six competition. After winning the Gulf Premiership title for the first time before Christmas, Bahrain have qualified for the much-anticipated Top Six alongside runners-up Doha and the four qualifiers from the UAE Premiership; Jebel Ali

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Call to all female rugby players

This is a call to any female members who might be interested in forming a Bahrain RFC Ladies Sevens team. The club will once again be helping out our friends from Kuwait Scorpions RFC in hosting their annual Ladies Sevens tournament on January 31st and this year we are hoping to put a home side

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The Great Crusade of Bahrain RFC

Bahrain RFC is delighted to confirm that we will be honoured to host the Crusaders RFC from the UK on the weekend of January 16th/17th. Launched out of the Scottish capital Edinburgh in 2008, The Crusaders is a unique rugby club for players and ex-players who have either had cancer themselves or have had families

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New Year’s Day Touch returns

A reminder to all that one of the highlights of the Bahrain RFC calendar, the legendary New Year’s Day Touch Rugby tournament, will take place this Wednesday afternoon from around 1pm. This STRICTLY SOCIAL tournament is open to all members and non-members alike, with stern penalties applied in instances of heinous crimes such as skill

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Ireland honours for Bahrain RFC product

Bahrain RFC is delighted to confirm that Sean McNulty, a product of the club’s junior rugby programme, has been selected in the Ireland under-19s squad to play their Australian counterparts in Belfast this coming Saturday. The bruising 18-year-old hooker started his rugby career in Bahrain, where father Aidan was part of the 1st XV of

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Double glory for Bahrain teams at Dubai Sevens

Six years of wait for a Bahrain success at the annual Dubai Rugby Sevens came to an emphatic end in the space of an hour last Saturday afternoon as both the Bahrain Firsts and Bahrain Colts claimed silverware. Apart from Shane Stapleton, Tom Ham and Rich Wilkinson, who were all part of the Firsts squad

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Bahrain RFC at Dubai Sevens

Bahrain Rugby Football Club’s (RFC) teams are about to set off for day one of the Dubai Rugby Sevens. With the Gulf Premiership title already in the bag and the Gulf Top Six not starting until the new year, the Sevens offers Bahrain’s teams a welcome return to competitive action in an environment established for

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Bahrain RFC Christmas Sports Camp

The legendary Bahrain RFC Kids Sports Camp will return for a special Christmas edition from December 15th to 18th. Once again the camp will be open to girls and boys, members and non-members, aged six to 15 and will feature a host of sports and activities such as football, rugby, rounders, dodgeball, swimming and treasure

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Bahrain crowned Gulf Premiership champions

Bahrain Rugby Football Club’s first XV yesterday captured the Gulf Premiership title for the first time in their history thanks to a comprehensive victory over old rivals Doha in Saar. Having lost out to Doha in disappointing circumstances in the first game of the season back in September and then escaped with a narrow win

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First XV squad named for Gulf Premiership decider

The first XV will take on old rivals Doha this afternoon in a match that will decide the destination of this year’s Gulf Premiership title. Bahrain currently sit on top of the table with 10 points thanks to a couple of wins over Muscat and a bonus point in a bitterly disappointing defeat to today’s

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Junior teams excel in Abu Dhabi

It was a fantastic weekend for the Bahrain representatives in the Etihad Airways Junior Rugby Festival in Abu Dhabi last weekend as all three teams punched well above their weight against the best teams from around the region. Although the under 13s were the only team to return with silverware, in lifting the Plate title,

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Bahrain secure Top Six place with last-gasp victory in Muscat

The first XV secured their place in this season’s Gulf Top Six competition thanks to victory over Muscat in Oman over the weekend. While qualification for what is the top competition in the Gulf region comes as a welcome boost to the club, the victory wasn’t exactly achieved in convincing fashion and in fact it

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Big match for first XV in Muscat

The first XV landed into Oman late last night ahead of a potentially season-defining clash against Muscat this afternoon. Three weeks on from a comprehensive 34-3 victory over the same opposition in Saar, Bahrain will be in buoyant mood heading into this weekend’s game but having only just escaped with a win on their last

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This weekend at Bahrain RFC

With Bahrain RFC teams taking to the fields and roads all over the Gulf this weekend, one could be forgiven for thinking it would be a quiet weekend ahead at the club but think again. Tomorrow is set to be one of the busiest days of the season so far as we welcome the Behbehani

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Live rugby this weekend

Bahrain RFC will play host to a special ‘Friendly Tens’ tournament this coming Friday from 2pm. As well as a couple of Bahrain Barbarians teams – made up of first XV, Firbolgs, Golden Oldies and Colts players – we will also be welcoming HMS Montrose, Khobar Quins and two other local-based teams in the shape

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Bahrain secure big win over Muscat

Bahrain Rugby Football Club (RFC) first XV got their hopes of a first ever Gulf Premiership title back on track last night with a first victory of the new season against Muscat in Saar. Spurred on by the ever-vocal home supporters, who were savouring their first taste of competitive senior rugby in over seven months,

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Team named for must-win Muscat clash

There’s a steady and sturdy look to the Bahrain line-up to face Muscat in Saar this weekend in what is already being billed as a must-win clash for the home side. Head coach Bob Phillips keeps faith with the majority of the side which dominated for long periods but ultimately feel to a bitterly disappointing

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Half-term Sports Camp

Bahrain RFC is delighted to confirm that the dates for the latest edition of its legendary Half-term Sports Camps have been set for the week starting October 13th. Running from Sunday the 13th to Wednesday the 16th inclusive, the camp will once again be open to girls and boys aged six to 15 and will

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Friday’s kick-off time confirmed

Bahrain’s first senior competitive home fixture in over seven months has been confirmed for a 6pm kick-off time in Saar on Friday. The DHL Bahrain XV will take on old rivals Muscat in the second round of the new Gulf Premiership campaign, knowing a win will be vital to any hopes of a first Premiership

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Frustration for first XV in Doha

It was a case of what might have been for the first XV over the weekend as they fell to a bitterly disappointing 14-10 loss to old rivals Doha in the opening match of the Gulf Premiership. Playing into a hefty wind, Bahrain started with a flourish and were camped on the Doha line for

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First XV poised for opening league outing

The first XV squad to face Doha in the first competitive game of the new season was confirmed last night after another intense training session. In all, the side shows three changes and one positional switch from that which lost out to Abu Dhabi Harlequins last Friday. In the pack, former man-mountain Rich Muncaster makes

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First XV lose out to Abu Dhabi

The first XV got their season underway yesterday afternoon as they entertained reigning Gulf Top Six champions Abu Dhabi Harlequins at home. Although the home side finished on the bad end of a 19-12 loss, there were plenty of positives to take from the game ahead of the start of the Gulf Conference against Doha

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First XV set for seasonal bow

The first XV squad for this evening’s game season-opening friendly fixture against Abu Dhabi Harlequins has been confirmed. In total there are four debutants named in the starting line-up with another bunch of new faces amongst the substitutes or in the second XV to play the US Navy. Up front, the gigantic Ben Featherstone makes

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This weekend at Bahrain RFC

After a long and tiresome wait, things are finally back to normal at Bahrain RFC, with junior sports and senior rugby back on the cards this weekend. The full programme of junior sports will be rolled out over the coming days, with more details and full schedules for football, rugby, netball, cricket and Gaelic football

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Senior rugby this weekend

Senior rugby will make a welcome return to Bahrain RFC this Friday, with a double helping of live action on the cards. The first XV will play their opening game of the new season when they take on last year’s Gulf Top Six champions Abu Dhabi Harlequins from 5pm in a friendly fixture that is

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Junior sports start dates confirmed

Bahrain RFC is delighted to confirm that the full junior sports programmes for the coming season will kick off from this Thursday, September 19th. Junior football: Junior football will return to its regular Thursday afternoon slot this week (Sept 19th), with the under 6 and under 8 age groups running from 4.30pm to 5.30pm, followed

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Bahrain RFC in the news: “New Look, New Mood”

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the Big Season Kick-off

After a fairly slow build up, the new season kicks off in style this weekend, with a host of live sport, music and entertainment at Bahrain RFC. To start with, the Arabian Celts will welcome their counterparts from Naomh Alee Riyadh for a special Gaelic Games Challenge Series. The ladies and men’s teams will battle

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This weekend at Bahrain RFC

The evergreen Bahrain Golden Oldies will this weekend equal their impressive record of 28 official fixtures in a season when they take on sides from the locally-based NAVCENT and the British Minesweepers in a mini round-robin tournament on Friday night. Games will get underway at 7pm and of course, all support is most welcome. Elsewhere

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This weekend at Bahrain RFC

We may still be a few weeks shy of regular live sporting action here at Bahrain RFC but some of the world’s biggest and best-known competitions are getting underway this weekend so there’s plenty on the box to keep us entertained. This morning saw the start of New Zealand’s premier domestic rugby competition the ITM

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Bahrain RFC supporting the Crusade against cancer

Over the course of its 40-plus year history, Bahrain RFC has developed strong and lasting friendships with various clubs around the world but this week saw the start of one particularly special. The Crusaders RFC is a unique rugby club for players and ex-players that have either had cancer themselves or had a family member

This weekend at Bahrain RFC

We’re making the most of the glorious weather at Bahrain RFC this weekend, with plenty of live and televised sporting action to keep you entertained. The weekend kicks off at 7pm tonight with live football featuring HMS Dragon, HMS Atherstone, UKMCC and our own senior men’s team and, of course all support is welcome. Tomorrow

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Live-ish Rugby tomorrow night

Bidding to break their impressive record of 28 ‘capped’ games in a season, the Golden Oldies will take to on a ‘Combined Forces’ team yet again this Thursday night in the aptly-named ‘Ramadan Rumble’. Kick-off is scheduled for 7pm and, needless to say, all support will be very welcome.

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200 not-out for Burton

Live rugby makes a welcome return to Bahrain RFC tomorrow night as the Golden Oldies tackle a combined team from NSA (Naval Support Activity) Bahrain from 7.30pm. The match will mark a momentous achievement for Golden Oldies founder and captain Mike Burton, as he makes his 200th appearance for the side and, as ever, all

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Summer Sports Programme up and running

The Bahrain RFC Summer Sports Programme officially got underway last week with a great turnout for the opening night of Social Mixed Netball. Social Netball continues tonight and every Tuesday for the next month at the same time of 7pm and all, whether experienced players or first-timers, are more than welcome. Social Touch Rugby is

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Bahrain retain DHL Memorial Trophy

The Bahrain RFC select XV once again retained the DHL Memorial Trophy last weekend thanks to a commanding victory over the DHL Barbarians. Held annually to honour the memories of DHL employees Jason Bresler, David Giles and Mohammed Shafiq, who were tragically killed in Afghanistan in October 2008, the annual event has become one of

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Thompson confirmed for CNCF dinner

Bahrain RFC is delighted to confirm that World Cup winner Steve Thompson will be joining us for the upcoming International Weekend festivities. England’s most-capped hooker, with 73 to his name, Thompson was a mainstay of the pack that lifted the Webb Ellis trophy in Australia in 2003 and went on to play in all three

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Bahrain reign supreme in HSBC Festival

Bahrain RFC teams reigned supreme on home soil at the weekend, as they captured four of the winners’ trophies on offer at the Bahrain HSBC Junior Rugby Festival. In fact it was only the Abu Dhabi Harlequins under-14s side that prevented a Bahrain clean sweep across all age categories. On a sweltering hot day at

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Farewell to Brian Bonas

Bahrain RFC will bid farewell to another legend this weekend as Brian Bonas makes his final appearance for the club after almost four decades of service. As is customary for characters such as he, the Golden Oldies will take to the field for a celebratory fixture at 7.30pm on Thursday night. Captaining his own side

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Jankowski stars in Poland victory

Bahrain number eight and the club’s resident gym monkey Tom Jankowski last night played a leading role in helping Poland to their first every victory over neighbouring Ukraine in the latest round of the European Nations Cup. It was a third win from three outings for Poland in the latest edition of the biennial and

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Ireland and New Zealand share Touch Rugby crown

The 2013 Bahrain RFC Touch Rugby Festival title was yesterday shared by the Ireland and New Zealand teams after an entertaining draw in the Cup Final. A total of ten teams, representing Ireland, Belgium, Sri Lanka, South Africa, New Zealand, the British Lions, the Barbarians, the British Navy and DHL, turned out for the social

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This weekend at Bahrain RFC

International Touch Rugby The International Touch Rugby Festival returns to Bahrain RFC on Good Friday (March 29) from 1pm. All are welcome to enter (either as a team or an individual) this strictly social tournament by contacting sports.coordinator@bahrainrfc.com. Live rugby The Golden Oldies will also be out in force from 5.30pm on Friday evening to

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Junior Sports schedules for Easter holidays

Bahrain RFC Easter Junior Sports Schedule Thursday 28th March – Junior Football (u/6, u/8, u/10, u/12): All age groups will carry on as normal (Abdo will help with the u/8`s in Shauna`s absence) Junior Football (u/14): u/14`s will train at the new earlier time of 1730 – 1830 Junior Netball (u/8, u/12): Cancelled Friday 29th

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Send-off for Simon Tucker

Club stalwart Simon Tucker will be leaving the island for pastures new on April 1 and, in true Bahrain RFC tradition, it is only right that we host a leaving game in his honour. Having first arrived in Bahrain in 1995, Tucker was a mainstay of the all-conquering league and cup winning Bahrain first XV

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First XV claim fourth with Exiles win

The first XV finished off the 2012/2013 season in style over the weekend as they toppled old rivals Dubai Exiles away from home to claim a respectable fourth place in the Gulf Top Six table. Bahrain entered the game on the back of a disappointing run of three losses on the trot that put paid

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Dragons too good

Bahrain Rugby Football Club’s (RFC) first XV yesterday finished their competitive home season with a bitterly disappointing loss to Jebel Ali Dragons in the Gulf Top Six. Already without long-term absentees Luke Radley, Chris Coupland and Shane Stapleton, Bahrain were dealt a massive blow in the build-up to yesterday’s game when inspirational captain Rich Wilkinson

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1st XV gear up for final home game of the Gulf Top Six

Bahrain Rugby Football Club’s (RFC) first XV will take on Jebel Ali Dragons this afternoon in what is their final home game of the 2012/2013 season. While Bahrain’s chances of challenging for the league title faded some time ago, their hopes of a place in this month’s West Asia Cup Final were dealt a final

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This weekend at Bahrain RFC

It’s another action-packed weekend at Bahrain RFC, with a feast of live and televised sport on offer. Golden Oldies Rugby The weekend will get off to a cracking start when the Bahrain Golden Oldies and close friends Al Khobar and the Lanka Lions put on an exhibition of live rugby from 7.30pm on Thursday night.

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Depleted first XV go down to Doha

The first XV missed out on the chance to take a valued away win in the Gulf Top Six over the weekend as a nightmare sequence of injuries in the second half contrived to see them fall to defeat in Doha. Despite dominating proceedings for most of the game, Bahrain were left in disarray as

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1st XV gunning for away win

The first XV squad departed for Qatar this morning, looking to gain their first away win of the Gulf Top Six campaign against familiar rivals Doha. Tellingly, this will be the fourth meeting between the two sides this season, with Doha having won the opening game of the season on home soil and Bahrain emerging

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Bahrain lose out to Abu Dhabi

A spirited second-half display and another fantastic home crowd were not enough for Bahrain today as they lost out 20-30 to a well-oiled Abu Dhabi Harlequins outfit in the Gulf Top Six. The match in Saar had rightly been billed as one of the biggest the club has been involved in for a number of years,

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Countdown on this afternoon’s big match

The first XV will take on Abu Dhabi Harlequins this afternoon in what has been widely billed as being one of the biggest games the club has been involved in recent seasons. The Harlequins are the current, runaway leaders of the region’s premier club rugby competition, the Gulf Top Six and have an enviable record of six

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Bahrain hammer Exiles

Bahrain Rugby Football Club’s (RFC) first XV yesterday registered their first bonus point win of their Gulf Top Six campaign as they put 50 points on former big-timers Dubai Exiles in sun-drenched Saar. The Exiles entered the game at the bottom of the Top Six table but with the likes of ex-Arabian Gulf internationals Mike

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Team named to tackle Exiles

The first XV squad will this afternoon take on Dubai Exiles in the second match of a crucial three-home-game run in the Gulf Top Six. Following victory over Doha last weekend, today’s game offers the home side another opportunity to continue their winning home record this season and, at the same time, make a significant

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Junior football and junior netball cancelled this Thursday

Members are advised that junior football and junior netball training has been cancelled this week due to the schools’ half-term break. Junior rugby training however, will run as normal on Friday morning. Football and netball training will return to their regular slots next week (Thursday February 21).

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Live sport tonight

Action-packed night at the club tonight with live rugby, Gaelic and netball all on show from 7pm. 7pm will see the Arabian Celts’ take over Pitch Two for the latest round of the Champions League and after some intense battles last Tuesday night, much is anticipated from this week’s tantalising encounters. First up is the

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Bahrain extend home record

The first XV on Friday extended their winning home run this season as they out-gunned old rivals Doha after a hard-fought battle in the Gulf Top Six. Having enjoyed one win-apiece in their two Gulf Conference battles earlier in the season, this fixture was always going to be a tensely-fought affair and so it proved

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Bahrain set for Doha rematch

The first XV will tomorrow embark on a run of three successive home games that will ultimately decide their fate in this season’s Gulf Top Six competition and the club is making special plea to all members and friends to come out and support. Doha are the first visitors to Saar for what will be

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Midnight Tens underway

The club is buzzing tonight with the annual GAC Bahrain Midnight Tens just about to get underway. One of the most popular events on Bahrain RFC’s calendar, this year’s Midnight Tens features vets teams from Bahrain, Sharjah, Riyadh, Khobar, Doha and the international mix of the Mike Burton-led Vagabonds. Matches will continue into the wee

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First XV lose out in Jebel Ali

The first XV scored four tries in Jebel Ali yesterday but it still wasn’t enough to produce a victory, as they went down to the high-flying Dragons. Frustratingly, as in Abu Dhabi two weeks ago, Bahrain went toe-to-toe with one of the favourites for the league title, before being outdone by a second-half blitz by

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Hurricanes take Sevens title

Dubai Hurricanes yesterday lifted the Kuwait Scorpions Ladies Sevens title after an entertaining day’s action at Bahrain RFC. Over 100 players from all around the Gulf descended on the club for the day, with the Scorpions’ pitch unavailable due to redevelopment. It quickly became clear that Hurricanes and Abu Dhabi I would once again be

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All in place for Ladies Rugby Sevens Festival

Ladies rugby will make a very welcome return to Bahrain Rugby Football Club (RFC) this Friday, as it plays host to Kuwait Scorpions’ annual Ladies Sevens festival. The Kuwaiti club is this season in the process of renovating its home ground from sand to grass and so is not in a position to host any

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Bahrain topple Hurricanes

The first XV yesterday got their Gulf Top Six campaign back on track with a 22-20 home victory over Dubai Hurricanes. After a disappointing 11-7 loss to the same team in the first round of the competition, Bahrain were particularly keen to get one over on their old rivals and the home support was out

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Team named to tackle Hurricanes

The first XV squad to face Dubai Hurricanes in tomorrow’s big home game has been named by head coach Jim Rowark. In the front row, the starting trio of Rich Muncaster, who passed a late fitness test, Arron Dalgarno and Jason Kinsella are retained. Captain Rich Wilkinson has recovered from his injury scare to take

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Bahrain -v- Dubai Hurricanes this Friday

The first XV will make a welcome return to home turf this Friday when they take on Dubai Hurricanes in the Gulf Top Six. Following the 11-7 defeat to the same side in Dubai two weeks ago, the lads will be even more determined to get one over their old rivals and put their campaign

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Second-half blitz shatters first XV’s hopes in Abu Dhabi

If rugby was played over 50-minute matches then the first XV would have returned from Abu Dhabi yesterday with a huge Gulf Top Six scalp over the reigning-champion Harlequins, thanks to a mammoth effort. Alas, it is played over 80 minutes and so the 44-8 result was a bitterly disappointing one to swallow. Bahrain got

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First XV off to Abu Dhabi

The first XV is back in the UAE today for the second weekend running as they look to get their first win of the new Gulf Top Six following a disappointing loss to the Hurricanes of Dubai last time out. Star-studded reigning league champions Abu Dhabi Harlequins lie in wait and Bahrain’s task is made

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This weekend at Bahrain RFC

As ever, there is plenty of activity at the Rugby Club this weekend and all are welcome LIVE SPORT The live action gets underway early on Friday, when the under 12 rugby team take on the British International School of Al Khobar in a rugby league fixture at 10am. The Golden Oldies will be out

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First XV lose out to Hurricanes

The first XV yesterday fell just short in their bid to get their Gulf Top Six campaign off to a winning start, as they were edged out 11-7 by the Hurricanes in Dubai. Preparations for this game didn’t go quite as smoothly as would have been hoped due to the withdrawal of a couple of

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First team set off for Dubai

The first XV set off for Dubai this morning to tackle their first assignment in this year’s Gulf Top Six competition. The lads will take on Dubai Hurricanes at 7he Sevens this afternoon in a match that provides a great opportunity to get an important away win and build vital momentum for the intense ten-week

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Double dose of live sporting action this Thursday

Come along and enjoy a double helping of live sport at Bahrain RFC tomorrow night. Firstly, the indomitable Bahrain Golden Oldies will tog out once again to take on the lads from HMS Ramsey from 7.30pm. At 8.15pm then we have a special friendly football fixture between the Bahrain RFC Senior Men and the ‘Arsenal

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Bahrain Select XV to take on Returning Students

The traditional festive rugby masterclass that is this annual Bahrain -v- ‘Returning Students’ fixture will take place on Thursday, December 27 at 7pm. As usual, the match provides the yuppies back on the island for the Christmas holiday with the opportunity to get one over on their mentors and more importantly, gives the Bahrain RFC

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Dubai Sevens round-up

Bahrain RFC’s representatives have returned, some in better conditions than others, from their annual pilgrimage to the Dubai Sevens in high spirits after some impressive performances over the course of the three-day event. This was the first time in four years that Bahrain had four teams flying the club flag, with the Firsts, Firbolgs, Golden

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All set for Sevens

The Bahrain RFC teams are putting their final preparations together for the annual pilgrimage to the Emirates Dubai Rugby Sevens this weekend. For the first time in four years, Bahrain will be represented by four teams, with the First Team, Firbolgs, Golden Oldies and Colts all taking part in their respective regional competitions. The Golden

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Tough schedule awaits Bahrain in the Gulf Top Six

The first XV will face a tough opening to the Gulf Top Six when regional 15s competition resumes in January. The fixture list, released by ARFU West Asia this week, sees Bahrain face three away games over the first four weeks, with a trip to play Dubai Hurricanes the first assignment on January 11. The

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New health and fitness services on offer

Bahrain RFC is delighted to announce the official launch of the recently-extended gym, now being run under the watchful eye of Tom ‘TJ’ Jankowski. Developing his own brand of health and performance systems, TJ is keen to see all club members making use of the new range of specialist equipment. The Polish international and Bahrain

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Update of events for this coming Friday

A reminder to members and friends of two events taking place this Friday, November 23. Our esteemed Club President Jonty Crosse’s camping expedition to Bird Island is still on course. The plan is to meet at the Bahrain Yacht Club in Sitra at 12.30pm on Friday, with an expected departure time of 1.15pm. Water sports

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Junior rugby teams return from Abu Dhabi tournament with silverware in tow

The under-8s, under-10s, under-11s and under-12s have returned home after a highly successful visit to the 2012 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Harlequins Junior Rugby Tournament. The big news came from the under-10s competition, where Bahrain won the Shield title, but but there was plenty to shout about in all categories as the boys made great

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A message from the chairman

Dear members, It is not often I feel the need to write a personal message to you all but following the events of Friday evening at the club I think it is appropriate that I do. Firstly, may I take the opportunity to congratulate the first XV on their fantastic win over Doha in the

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Bahrain beat Doha after epic battle

The first XV secured an memorable 10-8 win against old rivals Doha on Friday to keep alive their hopes of capturing the Gulf Conference title. The teams began the day occupying the top two spots in the standings and having already secured their places in the Gulf Top Six competition to be held in the

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First XV secure Gulf Top Six berth

The first XV have secured their place in the Gulf Top Six competition, to be played in the new year, thanks to a 88-3 pummeling of Kuwait in the Gulf Conference. In all, Bahrain scored 12 tries, including a hat-trick from stalwart centre Sam Wilson, as well as 28 points from the prolific boot of

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Bahrain win in Muscat

Bahrain’s first XV kept their hopes of a top-two finish in the Gulf Conference alive with a bonus point 37-29 win in Muscat on Friday but they did they certainly made hard work of it. After a 40-0 hammering of the same side at home two weeks ago, Bahrain traveled to the Omani capital fully

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McNulty signs Munster contract

Bahrain Rugby Football Club is delighted to announce that Harry McNulty, a product of the club’s minis and youth structure, has recently signed a contract with Munster Rugby. The Bahrain-born 19-year-old has joined up with the Munster Academy in Limerick, after impressing at centre in the province’s under-20 side during this year’s Interprovincial Series. McNulty

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Live rugby this Friday

A Bahrain select XV featuring a mixture of Golden Oldies, Firbolgs and 1st XV players will take on Doha 2nd XV on Friday in a one-off fixture at the club. The game will kick off at 4pm and all support is welcome.

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Jankowski stars in Poland win

Congratulations to Bahrain number eight Tom Jankowski, who yesterday helped the Polish national side to a thumping 29-3 victory over the Czech Republic in the Euro Nations clash in Prague.

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Bahrain 40-0 Muscat

Bahrain regain winning touch Posted on » Friday, October 05, 2012 BAHRAIN Rugby Football Club’s (RFC) first XV got back to winning ways last night as they thumped Muscat 40-0 in Saar. The first home game of the new season for the Bahraini side attracted a boisterous crowd and they had plenty to shout about

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Junior Sports Open Day

The club will play host to a Junior Sports Open Day this coming Friday (Sept 28th) between 9am and 12 noon. All members and non-members are invited to come along and try out the full range of junior sports available at the club. A team of experienced coaches will be on hand to direct rugby,

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Bahrain lose out to Doha

Bahrain RFC team bow to Doha Posted on » Saturday, September 22, 2012 Bahrain Rugby Football Club’s (RFC) first XV yesterday went down 20-0 to Doha in Qatar in the opening match of the new Arabian Gulf season. The result will be a particularly tough one for the team to take after an intense pre-season

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Introducing Bahrain RFC`s newly-recruited rugby players

On behalf of Bahrain RFC, I would like to introduce you to three young men who joined us in the middle of August and have been acclimatizing and settling into Bahrain ahead of the 2012/13 rugby season. As many of you will remember fondly, our 1st XV enjoyed a hugely successful end to the last

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Artificial Pitch Passes Intitial Tests

The HSBC backed artificial pitch had it’s bi-annual retest performed last Sunday evening when Grant Humpheys from Australia’s IRB approved Acousto-Scan testing authority visited the Club. The tests involved a series of measurements as to ascertain any depletion in the levels of its shredded rubber, any potential deterioration of the fibres & retesting of potential head impact

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2012/13 Membership subscription fees

Dear Members, Bahrain RFC’s annual membership year runs from September 1st to August 31st, with a grace period for payment extending to September 30th each year. Your membership is now due and we would appreciate it if you could make arrangements to complete your renewal as soon as possible. No changes have been made to

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DHL Memorial Game

As part of the 4oth Anniversary Celebrations, Join us on Friday 18th of May, for the ‘DHL Memorial Game’, Pitting the Bahrain RFC against the DHL Barbarians Kick Off at 4.45pm. Followed by Live Entertainment & Children’s Entertainment

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Rugby squad leave for Istanbul Sevens

THE Bahrain Rugby Football Club (RFC) sevens squad will depart for Turkey this morning, ahead of its maiden participation in the Istanbul Rugby Sevens over the weekend. Taking place at the Atat?rk Olimpiyat Stadium in the Turkish capital through Friday and Saturday, the tournament will also feature a selection club and invitational sides from the

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Bahrain rout Kuwait to end season in great style

BAHRAIN Rugby Football Club (RFC) Bahrain Duty Free first XV yesterday finished off their season in fine style with a 69-0 drubbing of Kuwait in Saar. In a potentially tricky encounter, the home side got off to a great start when full-back Colin Boland beat his close companion Alastair Galbraith to his own chip ahead

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Bahrain RFC eye home win against Kuwait

THE Bahrain Rugby Football Club (RFC) Bahrain Duty Free first XV will take on Kuwait Scorpions in Saar this afternoon in what will be their final competitive fixture of the 2011-2012. Following on from a disappointing loss at home to Doha last weekend and trying season in general, Bahrain will be looking to finish on

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21/09/2012 Doha Away Lost 20-0 report
04/10/2012 Muscat Home Won 40-0 report
12/10/2012 Kuwait Away CANCELLED
19/10/2012 Muscat Away Won 29-37 report
02/11/2012 Kuwait Home Won 88-3 report
09/11/2012 Doha Home Won 10-8 report
29/11/2012 Dubai 7s Away
11/01/2013 Hurricanes Away
18/01/2012 Abu Dhabi Away
25/01/2012 Hurricanes Home
01/02/2012 Dragons Away
08/02/2012 Doha Home
15/02/2012 Exiles Home
22/02/2012 Abu Dhabi Home
01/03/2012 Doha Away
08/03/2012 Dragons Home
15/03/2012 Exiles Away
22/03/2012 West Asia Cup Final Dubai

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