Album: Warriors Eye Pre-season Game In Dubai

Michael Burgess Email Michael<br /> <br /> <br /> 5:30 AM Sunday Jul 14, 2013<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Expand<br /> <br /> <br /> The Warriors are investigating the possibility of staging a match in Dubai.<br /> <br /> They went to Perth last week, ventured down to Wellington earlier this year and are now looking at a match in the United Arab Emirates, most likely a pre-season game against English Super League club Wigan.<br /> <br /> The club was approached by a Dubai-based Australian entre-preneur who has been involved with motor racing and other sporting events in the Emirates. Senior club officials met the Australian in England and chief executive Wayne Scurrah visited Dubai for a follow-up meeting. The entrepreneur has since been in Auckland for further discussions.<br /> <br /> While talks have only reached a preliminary stage, the club see some merit in the idea, particularly for a pre-season match.<br /> <br /> Pre-season games in England have also been on the agenda but the distance is the major handicap - to make the trip worthwhile it is likely two matches would have to be played. Playing a game in the Middle East would be a halfway point for both parties.<br /> <br /> It would be seen as a chance to increase merchandise sales, grow the brand and strengthen the relationship with the English club. It could also be seen as an adventure for players and supporters, away from the usual confines of Australasia.<br /> <br /> It wouldn&#039;t be the first time for such a venture by the NRL either - in 2008 South Sydney played the Leeds Rhinos in Florida while a controversial fourth State of Origin match was held in California in 1987.<br /> <br /> Dubai hosted AFL clubs Collingwood and Adelaide for a pre-season fixture in 2008 and Collingwood president Eddie McGuire has been lobbying for a round one game next year to be played there.<br /> <br /> Rugby league has a presence in the UAE, with the first season of a domestic competition recently completed. Former Samoan great and St Helens forward Apollo Perelini runs his rugby skills academy in Dubai and is coach of the UAE&#039;s under-1



Warriors Eye Pre-season Game In Dubai

Updated Jul 16, 2013
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The Warriors are investigating the possibility of staging a match in Dubai.

They went to Perth last week, ventured down to Wellington earlier this year and are now looking at a match in the United Arab Emirates, most likely a pre-season game against English Super League club Wigan.

The club was approached by a Dubai-based Australian entre-preneur who has been involved with motor racing and other sporting events in the Emirates. Senior club officials met the Australian in England and chief executive Wayne Scurrah visited Dubai for a follow-up meeting. The entrepreneur has since been in Auckland for further discussions.

While talks have only reached a preliminary stage, the club see some merit in the idea, particularly for a pre-season match.

Pre-season games in England have also been on the agenda but the distance is the major handicap - to make the trip worthwhile it is likely two matches would have to be played. Playing a game in the Middle East would be a halfway point for both parties.

It would be seen as a chance to increase merchandise sales, grow the brand and strengthen the relationship with the English club. It could also be seen as an adventure for players and supporters, away from the usual confines of Australasia.

It wouldn't be the first time for such a venture by the NRL either - in 2008 South Sydney played the Leeds Rhinos in Florida while a controversial fourth State of Origin match was held in California in 1987.

Dubai hosted AFL clubs Collingwood and Adelaide for a pre-season fixture in 2008 and Collingwood president Eddie McGuire has been lobbying for a round one game next year to be played there.

Rugby league has a presence in the UAE, with the first season of a domestic competition recently completed. Former Samoan great and St Helens forward Apollo Perelini runs his rugby skills academy in Dubai and is coach of the UAE's under-1
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