United Arab Emirates v Tunisia in Tunis (Friendly)
Venue: National Rugby Stadium, Elmenzah
The United Arab Emirates will play their first test of the season against Tunisia in Tunis. In addition the side will play the UAE Barbarians on Friday 13 April.
The UAE will participate in the Asia Five Nations tournament for 2012. This is the premier division of Asian rugby. Their fixtures in this tournament will be..
27 April v Hong Kong in Dubai
5 May v Japan in Japan
11 May v Kazakhstan in Dubai
26 May v Korea in Korea
This is the first time these two teams have met. Arabian Gulf, the former union of the area, played Tunisia in 2010 in Tunis, losing 22-25.
GWC Rugby Rankings
Tunisia does not rank on the world table whereas UAE does.
Tunisia appears on the IRB rankings but UAE does not due to the fact they have yet to play 10 test matches.
Prediction: Tunisia by 20 points
UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
|15||Joel Pikari||Abu Dhabi Harlequins|
|14||Sean Hurley||Dubai Dragons|
|13||Imad Reyal||Dubai Exiles|
|12||Andrew Russell||Dubai Dragons|
|11||Mohammed Alsulaiman||Dubai Wasps|
|10||Murray Strang||Abu Dhabi Harlequins|
|9||Patrick Hegarty||Abu Dhabi Harlequins|
|8||Brett Williams||Dubai Exiles|
|7||Samuel Cook||Abu Dhabi Harlequins|
|6||Alistair Thompson (Capt.)||Abu Dhabi Harlequins|
|5||Simon Osborne||Dubai Hurricanes|
|4||Gregory Thompson||Dubai Hurricanes|
|3||Daniel Boatwright||Dubai Hurricanes|
|2||Jonathan Greenwood||Sharjah Wanderers|
|1||Graham Murphy||Abu Dhabi Harlequins|
|16||Charles Lilley||Abu Dhabi Harlequins|
|17||Christopher Jones-Griffiths||Abu Dhabi Harlequins|
|18||Tristan Barnett||Dubai Hurricanes|
|19||Mohammad Hassan||Dubai Wasps|
|20||Abdulla Alnuaimi||Dubai Wasps|
|21||John Fawls||Dubai Exiles|
|22||Steve Smith||Dubai Hurricanes|
|HEAD COACH: Duncan Hall|
Ten new caps
Murray Strang, Patrick Hegarty, Joel Pakari, Charles Lilley, Jonathan Greenwood, Brett Williams, Mohammed Alsuaiman, Andrew Russell, and from the bench Tristan Barrett, Abdulla Alnuaimi.
Tunisian squad not yet available.