Thursday cover: It’s crunch time for West Asia Premiership rugby

Players of the Dubai Exiles, in black, and Abu Dhabi Harlequins clash and also make the cover of The National Sport on Thursday, September 21, 2016 as we preview the start of the West Asia Premiership season, starting Friday.

Players of the Dubai Exiles, in black, and Abu Dhabi Harlequins clash and also make the cover of The National Sport on Thursday, September 21, 2016 as we preview the start of the West Asia Premiership season, starting Friday.

Our resident Gulf rugby expert Paul Radley tackles all the big questions ahead of the 2016/17, as well as a break down of all eight clubs competing in this season’s competition.

Our comprehensive preview package also features an interview with Andy Buist, a former teammate of Jonny Wilkinson’s at Newcastle Falcons on his role at the Jebel Ali Dragons, where he doubles up coaching duties with playing ones seven years after being forced to retire.

And, last but by no means least, we take a look at the rest of the Dragons coaching staff and why the players might not be too keen to organise a Coaches v Players match in training.

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Published: September 22, 2016 04:00 AM

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