The Uganda Rugby Cranes Under 19 and Senior sides are in intense preparations ahead of the Safari Sevens due September 27-28 at Moi International Sports Center, Kasarani.
The sides undergo drills daily, along with gym sessions to maintain fitness levels. The U19 outfit includes players who participated in the Confederation of Africa Rugby Tier 1B tournament recently concluded in Kampala that had Uganda earn tier 1A promotion, thanks to the 17-08 final triumph against Madagascar at Kyadondo Rugby Grounds.
The Senior sevens side last played together in the 2014 Commonwealth Rugby Sevens in Glasgow, Scotland. The side was denied bowl competition final’s slot by Canada losing 32-00.
Coach Tolbert Onyango is in charge of the senior sevens team while the U19 Sevens are guided by coach Christine Kizito. The Rugby Cranes are to utilise the Safari 7s as preparations for the Africa 7s due November.
Several teams are expected to compete including Samurai International (mainly Fiji’s International Stars) still considered the most successful rugby sevens side in the world. Other sides include; Australia Icons, Germany, Canada, Sharks (South Africa), Spain, Western Pronvince Union (South Africa), Russia, Zimbabwe, Samoa, Kenya Shujaa and Kenya Morans.
Finalists, Kenya Shujaa beat Australia Renegades 40-7 to claim the 18th edition top honours last year.
Team Uganda includes; Solomon Okia, Emmanuel Ecodu, Jasper Ochen, Phillip Wokorach, Cyrus Wathum, Alfred Bijik, Micheal Wokorach, Lawrence Ssebuliba, Asuman Mugerwa, James Ijongat, Charles Okou, Gabriel Aredo, James Musiitwa, Lawrence Wakabi and Keith Sseruyange.