For the last 10 years when Tag rugby was introduced in Uganda, the game has been majorly concentrated among the youth.

Several graduates from the youth system of Tag rugby in the districts where the game is have since formed the basis for many rugby clubs in the country.

The Jinja corporate community is eager to change the tale by adding this non contact sport on their menu of games played during the monthly corporate league.

“For the simplicity of the game (tag rugby), we saw it worthwhile to introduce it on the menu and give the corporate a feel of non contact rugby” Joseph Mutaka, the liaison officer of the Jinja corporate league told Kawowo Sports.

On Sunday, during the close of the 2014 Baba f.m Jinja corporate league, there was a demonstration of Tag rugby to the members of various corporate companies.

“Tag rugby is the heart of the mainstream rugby in the country at the moment and in Jinja, we have given the game all the due attention it deserves” Duncan Kirya, a Tag Rugby co-odinator in Jinja reveals.

The 2013/14 best women upcoming rugby player at the Nile Special rugby awards dinner, Emily Lekuru is one of the vivid products of Tag rubgy in Uganda among the women.

Others are ; Faith Namuga, Yvonne Najjuma, Immaculate Namuli, Juliet Nandawula, Samiya Ayikoru, Peace Wokorach, Gilda Aziyo, Mercy Mufuwa, Gloria Nancy, Gloria Ayoti and many others.

Jinja’s pioneer class of Tag Rugby players have since graduated to become Tag rugby coaches in the playing centers littered around Jinja Municipality.

The coaches cum players are Augustine Awori, Timothy Mugisha, John Echeru, Enock Mawuya, Maxwell Ebongo, Bob Nkwanga, Lawerence Kiwanuka, Khalifan Mwoga; all under the guidance of the veteran coach, Walter Kayima.

Ziyad Tamuzadde handles the deaf child at the Walukuba deaf Tag Rugby center.

There are more than 5 Tag Rugby playing centers within Jinja Municipality.

The Walukuba center (at the Tobbacco stadium) also handles the deaf children.

Other centers are found at Njeru, Jinja Police Barracks, Spire, Nalufenya (At Kira Primary School) and the Dam Waters Stadium on the skirts of River Nile.

“One of the major challenges affecting the smooth development of Tag Rugby in Jinja has been the lack of sponsorships. The Tag Rugby Trust has done a great job to teach and offer a few equipment including balls but we still sponsors to sustain the teams” Walter Kayima cries out.

Now that the Jinja corporate community has fully endorsed the game on their menu during the corporate league, it will be much easier to help lobby sponsorships to the local teams

David Isabirye is a senior staff writer for Kawowo Sports where he covers most of the major events.

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