Emma Ecodu of uganda outpaces Con Foley of Australia to score a try iin the Rugby Sevens match between Australia and Uganda at Ibrox Stadium during day three of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games on July 26, 2014 in Glasgow, United Kingdom Credit: Photo Credits | Zimbio

Uganda Rugby Cranes sevens coach Tolbert Onyango has called for complete splitting of the 15s and 7s players if the country is to register more progress in the sport.

Tolbert led an army of gallant players for the HSBC World Series in Dubai and Cape Town where they finished 14th in both rounds, making 15th overall.

The side impressed according to several enthusiasts who watched them improve right from day one in Dubai till their  final days in South Africa’s coastal city – Cape Town.

[/media-credit] Ramathan Govle of Uganda and Jared Rosser of Wales in action during the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series tournament, December 10, 2016 in Cape Town, South Africa. Credit: Photo Credits: Christiaan Kotze/SASPA/World Rugby

However, Onyango – who was at the helm of proceedings believes there should be a complete split of both the Sevens and fifteens’ teams, without players mixing both.

“There is plenty of stuff that we need to work on technically and this will take a lot of time,” he told Daily Monitor.

“First of all we need to completely have a full split of sevens and 15s players so that we don’t have to mix up the codes, then we can tick the boxes.”

Ahead of the two rounds earlier last month, Onyango temporarily halted his men from featuring in Premiership matches for better preparation for the series.

The fruits were evidenced in players like Lawrence Ssebuliba, Kevin Keremundu and others put up stellar performances at the world stage.

Challenges may nevertheless arise when Uganda Rugby Union decides to meet Onyango’s dream as several regulars on both teams could brood dilemmas choosing between the 7s and 15s.

Uganda will slide back into action in April with a trip to Hong Kong for another round of the HSBC World Series.

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

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