HOSTS Qatar will take on the Philippines and Nepal on the opening day of the Asia Sevens Trophy at the Aspire ground on Friday.
The two-day event, an annual series of the regional sevens tournament run by Asia Rugby, will feature the best teams from the continent.
Eleven teams have been divided into four groups. Lebanon have pulled out, leaving Pool C with only the UAE and India, who will meet twice.
The tournament will have Cup, Plate and Bowls finals.
Qatar Rugby Federation (QRF) President Yousef Al Kuwari is confident of the hosts’ chances.
“We’ve selected the best team and included David Ford, Amit Shirat and Luke Ward, who all have done really well in the past events. We’ve also retained experienced players like Mubarak Al Malki, Abdul Kareem Al Mohannadi and Tom Featherstone. Their presence will strengthen our chances,” Al Kuwari told Doha Stadium Plus.
“The team was selected on the basis of the players’ performances at various national and international competitions over the last 12 months,” he said.
The cup winners will qualify for the Asia Sevens Series and also have a chance to make it to next year’s sevens World Cup in San Francisco, the US.