Duncan Hall has resigned from his position as UAE rugby performance manager to return to Australia and be closer to his family.
Hall resigns after 17 months in the job, with his decision made in the aftermath of the UAE’s relegation from the Top 5 of the Asian Five Nations.
“It is with a lot of regret that I leave UAE Rugby, and the rugby community at large, as I have really enjoyed my time here,” Hall said in a statement. “I would like to think that the pathways are now in place for future development, as that was one of my key tasks, and I will keep a watching brief on UAE’s performance with interest.”
Hall has previously coached in Indonesia, the USA, and Australia before taking up the UAE post in January last year. The Australian has also coached for English Premiership side Leicester Tigers and Worcester Warriors, as well as in the Super XV with New South Wales Waratahs.
“We have regrettably accepted Duncan’s resignation and fully understand his reasons for leaving UAERF,” said Mohammed Falaknaz, UAE Rugby Federation Chairman.
“In wishing him well for the future we would also wish to acknowledge his contribution to the organisation and the foundations he has laid particularly with the Shaheen programme.
“We will immediately commence a search initially for a National Sevens coach for the Asian Sevens Series.”