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In a few days, my team and I will be hosting Emirates Airlines Dubai Rugby Sevens 2010 up at The Sevens, the brand new home of rugby in the Middle East.

This amazing event is the highlight of the regional expat’s entertainment calendar and after my 11 years with the organization, I believe that we have a very cool gig, but maybe it’s about time we shared the truth.

Noisy people on the mikes

The World Cup Rugby Sevens MC Team

The truth is/was that be people don’t go for the rugby, they go for the experience. Nowadays, I believe that both are true.

Let me introduct a few friends who are responsible for making the event happen.
Firstly Kev Scorah. Kev’s the unsung hero but complete master of the mike. He just knows soooo much about rugby – it’s scary.

Kev rarely gives interviews as his agent is so tough.

You will hear Kev as the voice of reasons alongside Damien Hopley (whom we can’t feature on video because we can’t afford the broadcasting fees).

Next up is DJ/Promotions co-ordinator Jeff Price. Jeff is the most famous member of the team and can be heard on Coast FM daily and old re-runs of Grandstand on City7 TV (even if they are probably a bit out of date by now). He has fans everywhere and that’s why we hide him in the Wendy House (the big white commentators box).

The 3 of us have been doing this for ever (or so it seems) and here’s a sneaky peak at life behind the scenes…

Yes, we make it up as we go along.

Despite this. Here are the Top Ten Things You Didn’t Know About The Emirates Airlines Dubai Rugby Sevens:

1) Just like Tom Hank’s character in ‘Saving Private Ryan’, match commentator Kev Scorah is in fact a schoolteacher (PE).

2) DJ Jeff Price has interviewed The Black Eyed Peas, Robbie Williams and Sir Richard Branson.

3) MC Susie Illyan left the UAE to become a TV presenter in the United States.

Susie Illyan left us for world domination...

4) International match commentator Sir Damien Hopley was a fully capped England player and is the founder and chief executive of the Professional Rugby Players’ Association.

Sir Damian Hopley regretting that extra piercing.

5) There is a strict ‘No clothing during half times’ policy on the Saturday afternoon matches.

6) The MC team do not work for money, but in fact get paid by their own bodyweight in muffins and bacon butties.

7) Jeff Price coaches a mini league team ‘The Nadgers’ and they have gone on to win the under 7’s, 8’s and 9’s title for the last 3 years.

8) Dave Crane used to have a huge afro hairstyle but couldn’t get through the doors of the Wendy House, so he had it braided instead.

9) Former MC Team leader Andy Pyzer eloped with two cheerleaders and makes ‘educational videos’ from a camper van in Cyprus.

Andy, Brooke and Belinda now live together in a skip

10) Sound and Light maestro Nick Chapman uses his wages to finance his ‘not for profit’ beaver farm in Madigascar.


But forget about us, the only thing more important than the rugby (and the beer) are the Aussie Cheerleaders – The Aggreko Dynamos. They are led by Amber Field and she keeps them all (unfortunately) on a very tight leash so everyone has to behave (or not get caught).

Here they are chilling out last year…

When we get the atmosphere right things like this happens (my all time favourite moment getting 50,000 people to sing Queen’s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ just before the finals).

So what’s it like when it all comes together? Well here’s the haka after a very happy New Zealand won the 40th ever Dubai Rugby Sevens…

If you want the inside scoop of the Gulf’s biggest sporting event, make sure that you follow me on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/thelifedesigner.

You can send me your thoughts, requests and get all the up to date gossip as it happens.

See you at the Sevens.

Dave & the MC Team

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