DUBAI SEVENS LIVE UPDATE: Thursday November 29

16:15 – As the invitational sides begin their warm-downs and preparations for tomorrow, the party’s only really just starting. Great atmosphere at 7he Sevens Stadium today. It can only get bigger and better from here!

Don’t forget to tune in on Friday and Saturday from 9:00am for all the latest results, news and pictures from on and off the pitch. See you all tomorrow!

15:50 – Great result for the Xodus Steelers as they beat TSB PB Slammers Legends 45-0. The selected lineup for the International Veterans quarter finals are as follows:

Christina Noble Foundation v. The Royals (8:40am, Pitch 5)
Barla Bulldogs v. Joining Jack (9:20am, Pitch 5)
Xodus Steelers v. Bali Legends (9:40am, Pitch 5)

15:30 – It was a tight game for Joining Jack in the end against Bali Legends, but Jason Robinson and Co came out on the right side of a 10-5 victory. Christina Noble Foundation hammered the Cairo Old Crocs 55-0, and it’s looking likely those two will be battling it out for the title…

Meanwhile on the outer pitches, we’ve had all sorts of chants and cheers, but this one must take the biscuit – a brass band from France…

14:50 – The International Veterans are back out at 15:00, so be sure to check back for more pictures and video from their final games of the day…

14:25 – So what can we expect tomorrow and Saturday? The Dubai Sevens is the second stop on the IRB World Series tour. The season opener in Australia kicked off last month where a resurgent Fiji beat New Zealand in the final (for the second year running).

Here at 7DAYS Towers, we reckon Fiji will be the team to beat once again in Dubai, but defending champions England, New Zealand and Australia might all have something to say about that. Who are your tips for the title? Let us know your thoughts below…

14:00 – Another (sort of) celebrity spotting – this time, one of England’s Rugby World Cup winning side Steve Thompson, who was with his family. Thompson was recently in Vietnam as an ambassador for the Christina Noble Foundation, as reported by 7DAYS here…

13:10 – It’s not just star-studded international teams and veterans from around the globe who will be taking part this weekend. There are dozens of sides from right here in the UAE. One such team is the Al Ain Amblers, a team 7DAYS Abu Dhabi Insider caught up with this week. (Read more here.)

The Amblers won their first game in the Gulf Veterans tournament 21-0 against the Arabian Knights Vets this morning.

12:55 – Just heard the best team name of the weekend announced. I give you the ‘Dubai Wrecking Balls’…

12:45 – As reported in 7DAYS, the UAE no longer have a spot in the IRB World Series event. So, there will be no cheering for everybody’s favourite ‘second team’ this year. But there was some good news for the Falcons, on Wednesday, however – the country’s governing body was granted full membership status by the IRB. (Read more here.)

To find out more about the UAE Sevens development programme or how to get involved, go to

12:15 – Even on a Thursday, you can do some celeb spotting. Pictures of the current Tour de France champion Bradley Wiggins (who is waterboy for the Joining Jack lads) can be found above…bit more of a star than the Xerox 7DAYS mascot, it has to be said…

12:00 – Just caught up with the Joining Jack team, who earlier this morning beat Gulf Legends 24-0 and have just come out 38-0 winners over Richmond Swansea Heavies – great start for them.

Meanwhile, the Christina Noble Foundation side have got off to a flyer; winning 50-0 in their first match and 36-12 in their second.

11:30 – If you’re heading down on any of the days, don’t forget to ‘Hi 7’ us for your chance to win a five day trip to Maldives. For more information on this competition click here…

11:15 – Just spotted the 7DAYS mascot. He was being wrestled to the ground by unruly schoolchildren at the time…

11:00 – So, here we go! A whole weekend of rugby on the pitch and fun in the stands – Dubai’s favourite weekend is back! The 7DAYS team are set up and ready to go, the invitational games are underway (we’ll be getting some action to you from the Joining Jack, Christina Noble Foundation and Xodus Steelers teams a bit later on) – all we need now is the crowds!

DUBAI SEVENS LIVE UPDATE: Thursday November 29

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