Dubai 7s 2019
The Joining Jack Legends are all set to head to head out to Dubai next month to take part in the Emirates Dubai Rugby 7s and there’s a real antipodean feel to this year’s squad.
The all-conquering legends finally made it through to the big leagues on Pitch 1 for the final in 2017 lifting the trophy in dramatic fashion with former Wigan Warriors favourite and 2010 Super League Man of Steel Pat Richards scoring the game’s only try.
Pat returns to the side this year for a hat-trick of appearances and he’s brought a few Aussie team mates steeped in NRL experience along with him.
This year’s star-studded line-up star heading out for what will be the charity’s awesome 8th appearance in the competition will once again be led by captain and ever present Andy Johnson, Jack’s dad and co-founder of the charity. Andy is teaming up with a host of former NRL and Super League stars including Australia Test stars Kurt Gidley and Robbie Farah and former England RU World Cup international Nick Easter. We’ll be unveiling the squad in full over the next two weeks with a few new names donning the Team JJ colours
Andy said: “I have to pinch myself when I realise this will be our 8th trip to the Sevens. We are incredibly grateful to our main sponsors Emirates for giving the charity the opportunity to do this and to all our kit sponsors and supporters who make it possible for Alex and I to spread the word about Joining Jack and increase awareness of our family’s battle with Duchenne on a global scale at what will be the 50th anniversary of the competition.
“Some of the faces may have changed over the past eight years and some have got a little or a lot older but whoever pulls on the Team JJ colours, we know they will do Jack, the charity and the Duchenne community proud and play their part in raising awareness for the charity. They are huge names in the game and are brilliant supporters of Joining Jack. Everyone in the team knows what we are trying to achieve and their support means so much to us.
“We finally did it in 2017 so we were desperately disappointed to go out in the quarter-final stage last year. This year we are back and we mean business. We want to do it for Jack and all the boys with Duchenne.”
This is the eighth year Joining Jack has entered a team, featuring some of the most famous names from both codes of rugby from all over the world, into this prestigious event as part of Joining Jack’s ongoing fight to find a cure for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.
Andy added: “The projects that we were involved with last year have progressed so much. They are all looking so promising and we are thrilled with some of the results coming out. But we couldn’t do this without the help of the players and our sponsors, they put a lot time and effort into helping us and we are so thankful to them all for their support.”
The squad along with their supporters and team mascot Jack, fly out at the beginning of next month to compete in the intensive three-day invitation-only event. You can follow their progress via our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts.