Jordan have sent out a strong message to the big guns coming into town for this weekend’s third Arab Rugby 7s to be hosted in Amman that they intend to make home advantage pay.
Jordan have been drawn in a tough Group A alongside UAE, Iraq and Libya, with Group B including Morocco, Lebanon, Egypt and Palestine.
It is the biggest rugby tournament the Kingdom has ever hosted and Jordan intends to put on a strong show for the big crowds expected to watch at the Petra University pitch.
“All the preparations are complete so we are looking forward to making it the most successful edition of this event to date,” said Zu'bi Al Zu'bi, the Secretary General of the Jordan Rugby Association.
“The sport is growing nicely here so a strong showing from Jordan this weekend will help us to promote it further.”
Jordan, who have been training under English head coach Graeme Forbes, will meet Libya in their opener on Friday morning and then both the UAE and Iraq later in the day.
Depending on results will dictate on who they play on Saturday for the knock out stages.
Jordan: Zeid Arabyia (Captain), Mohammad Al Majed and Ahmad Hamuqah (Assistant Captains), Mohammad Abu Samrah, Rakkan Ibzagh, Ra'ed Hamuqah, Taher Hamdan, Yaldar Subar, Abdullah Naghwi, Aziz Abu Khalaf, Firas Khalifah and Ahmad Tahkakha.
The two previous editions were held in Egypt and Morocco.