The Rugby Cranes’ trip to South Africa was supposed to put them in perfect shape for the Rugby Afrique Tier 1A competition that gets underway on July 2 at Kyadondo Rugby Grounds.

But, the two trial games played by the team in South Africa have left key players doubtful for the team’s first game against Namibia.

Team captain Brian Odong is nursing a hip injury while his assistant Michael Wokorach in undergoing therapy after complicating his spinal cord in the team’s first friendly with the Cheetahs U-21 side.

Elijah Ssegawa and Saul Kivumbi are the other injured players as the team looks to maintain their Tier 1A status.

The Rugby Cranes spent nine days in South Africa and played two trial games against the Cheetahs U-21 side and the Bloemfontein Police RFC and Wokorach is confident the side will be up to the task come July.

“The trip to South Africa helped us because some of the players had not played in such an environment before,” the center, who played on the wing against Kenya, told this website.

The team started training on Tuesday evening and will start residential training next week to be in good shape for the July 2nd game.

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