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July 7, 2021 marked the official launch of the Tel Aviv Heat, Israel’s first professional rugby team. The team was built with an entrepreneurial spirit, passion, creativity, dedication and drive to succeed. With the support of our growing community of fans and followers, we plan to grow, advance, be the challengers and eventually achieve our dreams.

 

Our mission is to apply Startup Nation innovation, values, and entrepreneurship to build a sustainable world-class rugby club on and off the pitch that elevates and links Israel rugby to a worldwide community of sports professionals and fans promoting respect & inclusion.

 

The selection of the Tel Aviv Heat to compete in the inaugural season of the Rugby Europe Super Cup, marks a watershed moment in Israeli team sports, elevating Israeli athletes to compete on a regular basis with world-class players who have represented their countries in Rugby World Cups.

 

The Rugby Europe Super Cup is the first ever Annual European club competition for Europe involving non-Six Nations countries and creates a high performance pathway for the rapid development of pan-European Rugby talent. 

 

The Tel Aviv Heat team roster will match the most talented players eligible to play for the Israeli National Team in international competitions along with marquee players with experience playing at the highest levels of professional club rugby competitions in Europe, South Africa, the United States, and Oceania.

 

Join our growing worldwide community of fans and followers on social media, stay tuned for more information about our match schedule and how to buy tickets to our home games.

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MIKE ARON

Founding Owner

Mike has 25 years of global experience in M&A and entrepreneurship in the life science, real estate, financial & resources industries.

LEADERSHIP
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BARRY SEIDEL

Founding Owner

Barry is a management consultant and investor with extensive experience operating startup and high growth companies

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ADI RAZ

Chairman

Adi founded the Holyland Sevens and Budapest Sevens rugby tournaments and a bespoke clothing brand.

Adi is currently the President of a leading glassware marketing and sales company with global market share.

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PETE SICKLE

 Chief Executive Officer

Pete combines extensive experience leading business development and content strategy for Israeli startups while coaching high performance rugby teams.

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KEVIN MUSIKANTH

Director of Rugby & Head Coach

Kevin has over 20 years of Head Coaching experience leading various rugby organizations from schools, clubs, to universities and currently serves as the High Performance Director of Rugby and Head Coach of the Israeli men’s national team, both 15’s and 7’s