Back in 2007 I was living in Saudi Arabia and playing rugby for the fantastic Khobar Quins, a club on the east coast of Saudi formed by the merger of players from Al-Khobar Eagles and Khamis Mushayt Quins. I designed a website for the Quins and it was my first RuckinRugby project outside of the UK. When I called the AGRFU to tell them to change the link on their website, I got talking to Martin Southern and in true sole trader fashion, was quoting for a new AGRFU website within a few minutes! This website was a long shout from the ‘club’ sites that I had been doing up to this point and needed a completely new, bespoke CMS framework building – work began!
In time for the 2008 league registration we were up and running and fixtures, results and match reports were soon up on the website for all to see. After a slight hiccup with the registration – from which I learned a lot about giving Joe Public the benefit of the doubt – the site ran smoothly. Unfortunately, at the end of the 09/10 season the AGRFU got disbanded and the IRB split the region into 6 parts, a move which has definitely caused a stir and just what the outcome will be remains to be seen. These big changes only really affect the International rugby scene and so we still need to do something about the thriving domestic rugby scene within the UAE and beyond. I hope to be adding a post here in the coming weeks to tell everyone about how RuckinRugby are getting stuck in to this very project – watch this space.
You can see the current AGRFU website here: AGRFU.com