McGettigan's group Sponsor the West Asia Champions

“JA Dragons are delighted to announce our new refreshment sponsor for the upcoming rugby season. The West Asia Champions have agreed a deal that will see The McGettigan’s Group be the official bar and restaurant of the JA Dragons. With eight venues across the UAE the partnership makes perfect sense. There are five bars in Dubai including McGettigan’s JLT, DWTC, McGettigan’s Souk Madinat Jumeirah, JBR and McGettigan’s DXB at the airport. There are also bars in Abu Dhabi, Fujairah and Al Ain.


Along with a commitment to support all three senior teams, members of the club will receive discounts and offers throughout the year at McGettigan’s JLT, DWTC, Madinat and Abu Dhabi. The partnership has come about from last years generous offer from the McGettigan Group to come to the rescue of the Olympic champions Fiji Rugby sevens of which the Dragons were heavily involved.”

“We look forward to toasting wins across all three senior teams throughout the year with our new partner" - Stuart Quinn Chairman JA Dragons.


Chaps and Co look to keep the Champions looking good this season


The JA Dragons are proud to announce Chaps and Co, The Middle East premier Male grooming and barbers brand are on board for the up coming season. Along with financial support they will be ensuring that the Man of the Match looks fine and dandy every week.

With outlets in JLT, Dubai Marina and Dubai Design District, JA Dragons members will receive a discount on services.





94-times capped Wales International and British Lions player has been appointed for 2018/19 season

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We are proud to announce that Mike Phillips will take over from Henry Paul to lead the defence of the West Asia Premiership.

Mike moved to Dubai in 2018. Since then he's been a TV consultant for beIN Sports and he has set up the Mike Phillips Rugby Academy in Dubai (

Caped 94 times for Wales and 5 times for the British and Irish Lions, Mike brings his wealth of knowledge to the current West Asia Champions. Working alongside last years coaching team of Andrew Buist and Jonny Macdonald, Mike will be looking to build on a club that is set to raise the bar higher once again.

As a player that has only just retired, Phillips brings the most recent and relevant rugby knowledge to the club. The appointment along with the continued support of JA Dragons sponsors, JA Hotels and Hesco positions the team well for the upcoming season.

"I’m so delighted to join the current leading team in the UAE, the Jebel Ali Dragons! 

I can’t wait to add the passion and energy I showed in my playing career now in my new role as Director of Rugby and working with a very experienced and successful coaching team. Henry Paul did such a great job in moving the team forward, and I hope to push it further along with what I’ve learned throughout my career." Mike Phillips

Stuart Quinn, Club Chairman, Jebel Ali Dragon, said: “As a club have decided that investing in the very best coaching options available to us is the only way to succeed and achieve sustainability. We believe Mike will take the platform set by the previous DOR  and raise the quality once again. The standard of rugby is leaping forward in the region and we think that it’s our responsibility to ensure the coaching is always ahead of that. We have a product that we offer to over 120 senior players. We need to make sure it’s the best product in West Asia and the UAE” 

JA Dragons defeat Dubai Exiles away from home


Last night saw JA Dragons get back on their feet after the epic but heartbreaking AD Quinns game 3 weekends ago. A fixture that has been highlighted as a monster clash from the off didn't disappoint. Huge effort from a pack facing much larger opposition gave the backs and in particular centre Saki Nasau enough ball to show a big crowd what they are capable of. Saki was at the heart of all things good, kicking goals, setting up new hooker Epelli and scoring twice himself to seal the victory. 

Full report can be read here. 

Dragons hall of famer Sean Hurley takes on his biggest challenge.

Many know the man that monitors our left hands like a hawk, the question is will he buffalo in the desert of Peru?

Sean Hurley, a 17 year long Dragon is taking on one of the toughest challenges of his life by competing in the Marathon De Sables Peru. Running along side him will be his pal Tom Otton.


It will take place from 26 November to 6 December 2017. Sean says "The biggest challenge will be missing his first Dubai Sevens in 17 years." 

The race is approximately 250 km divided into 6 stages, to be completed at free pace in self-sufficiency conditions in a desert environment and with the support of a quasi-professional organizing team.

Sean has begun his training and has less that 60 days to prepare his body for one of the toughest races on the planet. 

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Jebel Ali Chairman Stuart Quinn - "We are all immensely proud of Sean and his achievements on the rugby pitch for the JA Dragons, this is a different kettle of fish though. Not many of us have seen him run the length of the field recently let alone run a marathon every day for 6 days straight. The biggest rollsie of his life. We are all behind him 100%"

More details to follow in the coming weeks, you can follow his progress through his social media channels.


All the JA Dragons backing you all the way Shurley.