Uganda Rugby Union (URU) has remained irresolute on giving the green light for Phillip Pariyo’s move to St. Peter’s Rugby Football Club based in Cardiff, South Wales following a request from the club to URU to join their side.

According to local reports, Pariyo, a national 7s rugby team player is to answer to the Union’s disciplinary committee as to why he absconded from national duty by opting to illegally remain in United Kingdom after the commonwealth games.

“Pariyo has to be cleared by the URU disciplinary committee before we can respond to St Peter’s request,” URU chief executive officer, Ramsey Olinga, told Daily Monitor. “As far as we are concerned he went AWOL (away without leave),” he added.

Pariyo together with teammate Benon Kizza were missing when the Uganda Rugby Cranes sevens team landed at Entebbe Airport the day the outfit returned from the Commonwealth games in Glasgow 3 months ago. According to unconfirmed reports, the duo is believed to have linked with a friend then, to work at a washing bay in Cumbernauld, a town 14 miles to the north-east of Glasgow.

It is also thought that Pariyo could have been granted asylum to remain in Scotland probably after applying since their visas issued for the Commonwealth Games expired on September 3. Before Pariyo left for Glasgow with the national sevens team, he had featured for a top flight rugby premiership side, Toyota Buffaloes.

And according to Olinga, the Union has to establish whether he is still contracted to Buffaloes or if he has some pending issues with the club.“Under IRB (International Rugby Union) rules, we would have to first establish whether he is still contracted to Buffaloes or if he has some pending issues with the club,” he said.

Previous Circumstances that have had Ugandans go missing after major events.

1997: Kassim Ouma vanished in USA during the World Military Games.
2007: Sharif Bogere and Phillip Adyak vanished during the World Boxing Championships in Chicago.
2007: Cricket players Patrick Ochan and Jimmy Okello disappeared from camp in Australia, a day before the team was set to return home after the ICC World Cricket League Division 3 tournament in Darwin.
2009: Seven members of Uganda’s Under-19 cricket team failed to return home after they went missing in Toronto, Canada where they were taking part in a 2010 ICC U-19 World Cup Qualifier.

About St. Peter’s Rugby Football Club

St. Peter’s RFC is a Welsh Rugby Union team currently playing in division two East Central. The club plays their home games at the Harlequins Playing field, located off New Port Road.

They finished 4th in the 2013-2014 season and they are a feeder club for the Cardiff Blues, one of the professional Welsh regional rugby union teams also based in Cardiff.

Notable former Players

Billy Neill (the club’s first Welsh international)
Jack Brown (Welsh international)

Club Honours

Glamorgan County Silver Ball Trophy 1985-86 – Winners
2013-14 – Youth: Triple Winners of Blues A League, Cardiff & District Cup, East District Cup

Deputy Editor at Kawowo Sports. He is an aspiring Sport Psychologist.

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