Australian batsmen prepared for UAE pitches

Australian opener David Warner says Aussies are well-prepared for anything the Pakistan spinners can throw at them.

Former Wallaby joins UAE Rugby

Former Australian international rugby player Duncan Hall has been appointed as Performance Manager by the UAE Rugby Association.

Hall has signed a 3-year contract and will be responsible for developing both the Emirates’ Sevens and 15-a-side squads.

Hall has 15 test caps with the Australian national side and has previously coached the Leicester Tigers and Worcester Warriors as well has having the head coaching role with USA national rugby squad.

The announcement was made yesterday in Dubai by the CEO of the UAE Rugby Association, Ian Bremner, in the presence of the Chairman of UAE Rugby, Mohammad Falaknaz and secretary-general Salman Hadi.

GCC members to discuss boosting links with Australia

Foreign ministers from the seven Gulf Co-operation Council nations are meeting in Abu Dhabi today amid regional political unrest.

While the protests in two member-states, Bahrain and Oman, will be at the top of their agenda, the GCC Secretary-General says relations with Australia are also up for discussion.

According to Abu Dhabi based newspaper, The National,  Abdul Rahman al Atiyyah said “the ministerial council would look at negotiations over trade agreements and strategic co-operation between the Gulf bloc and China, Russia, Australia and the United States.”

This, ahead of the Australian Foreign Minister, Kevin Rudd’s visit to the United Arab Emirates later this week, where he will be engaging in “strategic GCC-Australia dialogue”, according to the official Emirates News Agency (WAM).

The role of the Gulf Co-operation Council has taken increasing prominence in recent months. In areas of regional concern, Gulf nations are acting more frequently as a single-entity, and making fewer unilateral decisions.

While discussions for a single currency have been on the backburner in recent times, plans to introduce a single ‘Schengen-style’ visa for GCC entrants are progressing steadily.