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Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens Off to a Flying Start

Bob Dwyer and Brian Moore provide a memorable afternoon of entertainment

The Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens Long Lunch was once again a tremendous success.

The event which kick-starts the countdown to the award-winning Dubai Rugby Sevens took place for the fourth consecutive year. With super-star speakers, gourmet grub, fantastic entertainment and prizes galore, this year's Long Lunch was the perfect prelude to the 2007 Rugby World Cup.

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Over 600 rugby fans filled the Grand Hyatt's Baniyas Ballroom where former Australian coach Bob Dwyer and England International Brian 'Pit Bull' Moore brought the house down with their witty and whimsical tales of their rugby glory days.

A qualified solicitor, Moore has enjoyed a successful media career since retirement and is regarded as one of BBC Television's leading co-commentators. He also writes a regular rugby column in the Daily Telegraph.

"It's fantastic to be in Dubai and even greater to be here amongst passionate rugby supporters on the eve of the World Cup," Moore said.

Moore, who played in three Rugby World Cups for England and won a total of 64 caps between 1987 to 1995, happily shared anecdotes with the audience and was given a standing ovation after his powerful, emotional and gripping talk about his experiences and memories on and off the pitch.

Bob Dwyer was equally impressive and captivated the audience with his enthralling stories about the 1991 Rugby World Cup where he coached Australia to a 12-6 victory in the final against England at Twickenham.

Ironically, Brian Moore also appeared in the 1991 World Cup which was also the year he was voted Rugby Player of the Year.

Awarded a Centenary Medal by the Australian Government in 2003 for his services to rugby union, Dwyer coached Australia in 74 tests and in 144 matches overall, winning 99 of them. His strike rate (70 per cent) makes him the most successful coach in Australian Rugby history and the only coach who has been in charge of two World Cup campaigns.

The Long Lunch helped to raise AED 20,000 for the PRA (Professional Rugby Players Association) and Wooden Spoons (supporting mentally, physically and socially disadvantaged children and young people) charities.

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