MRFC V UAE Shaheen

Muscat Rugby Stuns In Season Opener Against UAE Shaheen

Muscat Rugby Football Club, current Gulf Conference Champions, successfully opened their season in Dubai on Friday evening against UAE Shaheen. MRFC’s team dominated in all areas of the game to finish with a strong win of 53-0. Throughout the game Muscat applied the pressure needed to keep Muscat’s opponents at bay.

MRFC’s dominance in the set play of the game was evident at every turn, with a particular strength in the forward pack which disrupted UAE Shaheen’s ability to protect its own ball. Thanks to new coaches bringing the team together and making them work closer as a pack, the team showed they are a force to be reckoned with. All players gave it their all though a particular mentions go to Macdara O’Ciardha and Jonathan Young in the forwards, and Gareth Osborne in the backs, all of whom went over and above to seal the victory.

Joey Maniel, team captain for this season was understandably happy with the result, ‘We went to the UAE knowing that Shaheen would give 110% and we weren’t disappointed. They gave it their all but by the time the final whistle went Muscat had shown resolve, commitment and the level of fitness we have trained for. I’m very happy to be defending the championship with such a strong start.’

With the help of funding from MRFC’s main sponsors, Muna Noor, Grand Hyatt, OUA and Hamptons International MRFC were able to conduct a comprehensive pre-season training programme that paid dividends on the field of play this weekend.

MRFC looks ahead to its next fixture in 2 weeks’ time against Bahrain and hope to continue their winning ways on their path to defending their Gulf Conference title.

Are you claiming your Rugby Bucks?!

Starting today, and running until the end of September, MRFC are partnering up with OUA to help you save money! Simply call in to OUA MQ, SCS Azaiba or ONAS out in Seeb and learn how to save money on your new MRFC membership. In essence, buy certain products and get vouchers. Use these vouchers to redeem up to 50% off your MRFC membership fees. That means you can get a family membership for as little as RO 50 for the September 1st 2017 – August 31st 2018 membership year, or a single membership for as little as RO 25. We think this is a great opportunity to save money, and speaking of, here is a round up of some – not even all – of the savings your new 2017-18 MRFC membership card can get you:

Not bad, and there are more benefits coming too!

Now, have you signed up yet?

Pre Season training begins today!

Its time to lace up your boots again as tonight sees the first pre-season training session after the summer break – we’ll be running touch rugby sessions every Tuesday night for the next few months. Starting at 6:30pm this evening at the Royal Flight pitch (its the other side of the highway from the airport). Above is a programme of pre-season training sessions and below is a fitness session that has been put together by our Head Coach, Lee.

If you would like to come down and check things out, you are more than welcome to – even if you are not a member. The more the merrier.

More news coming soon!

Kuwait v MRFC

Best of luck to MRFC 1st XV as they travel to Kuwait this weekend. A win will secure the Gulf Conference title!

MRFC v Bahrain, 3 Feb @ 15:00.

MRFC kick off 2017 with a home game against Bahrain, hoping to continue their winning start to the season. Come on down and support the lads! When: Friday, 03 Feb. Kick off 15:00.

Muna Noor Proud Platinum Sponsor of Muscat Rugby Football Club

Successful Omani business Muna Noor, has signed a sponsorship deal that will help to support the Muscat Rugby Football Club (MRFC) junior, senior and veterans squads whilst raising team profiles throughout the nation and the Gulf Conference & Gulf Premiership.

muscat-rugby-football-club-team-in-action-in-this-seasons-gearHaving recently celebrated its 45th anniversary and with an already winning start to the 2016/17 season at Doha, the Muscat Rugby Football Club continues to grow from strength to strength and now has over 250 players in its junior team alone!

Founded on July 26th, 1971 with His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said accepting to be the patron of the club, the MRFC also brings together almost 1,000 ex-pats and locals to contribute to local charities and help communities. Alongside other leading businesses such as STOMO, Hamptons International, Grand Hyatt and i2offshore, Muna Noor will now also participate in the positive activities that the rugby club organises for those who need support.

Alex Maxton, Captain of Muscat Rugby Football Club adds, “Since the disappearance of the clubhouse in 2011, MRFC have relied on the generosity of sponsors to keep the club afloat and allow the team to participate in the regional tournaments. We are delighted to welcome Muna Noor as our new platinum sponsor for the 2016/17 season, who we believe will assist in bringing a new wave of success to the Sultanate’s only rugby team. We are looking forward to developing the partnership creating on-field success and many off-field initiatives to grow the game of rugby within The Sultanate of Oman”.

As exclusive Platinum Sponsor for the 2016-2017 rugby season the Muna Noor brand will be present at over 15 games played throughout five countries in the GCC region, as well as at one of the largest annual international rugby events – Dubai Sevens – at which over 4,000 players participate and 120,000 spectators support their favourite teams.

Grant Phipps, Muna Noor’s Group General Manager says, “we are very proud to support and be part of this important local club and look forward to seeing the MRFC teams flourish over the next year. Muna Noor wishes all players a great season ahead and eagerly anticipates the opportunity for our employees to play alongside the clubs’ players at our company sports day on the pitch.”

from-left-grant-phipps-group-general-manager-of-muna-noors-and-alex-maxton-captain-at-muscat-rugby-football-clubIn the photo on the left, Grant Phipps and Alex Maxton proudly display the brand new 2016/17 season jersey shirt for the Muscat Rugby Football Club.