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After showing immense signs of progress in the past two years, the Uganda Rugby Cranes are currently in a hot mix of fixtures, as they look to make the 2019 World Rugby Cup.

The outfit is currently at the qualification stage of the global showpiece and arch rivals Kenya stand in their way along with Zimbabwe, Tunisia, Senegal and Namibia in the fight to win the Africa Cup and qualify.

[/media-credit] Justine Kimono Credit: © Kawowo Sports | AISHA NAKATO

Uganda is grouped in Division 1A, alongside Kenya, Namibia, Senegal, Tunisia, and Zimbabwe.

Qualification Route

Division 1A and B will play act as round two of the qualification rounds, the winner of Division 1B will advance to the Africa Repechange play-off while the top 4 teams from Division 1A will remain and advance to round 3.

The winners of the 2018 Division 1A will qualify for the world Cup as Africa 1: while the second placed side will advance to the Africa repechange play off.

Who has already made it to the showpiece?

Twelve of the 20 participating teams have already been determined with Argentina, Australia, England, France, Georgia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Scotland, South Africa and Wales automatically qualifying courtesy of finishing in the top three of their pools at Rugby World Cup 2015.

What next for Uganda?

Uganda will have to upstage Kenya after two trials against Kabras Sugar RFC – the first a 16-05 loss and the other a 15-15 stalemate.

Kabras fielded a second string side but still managed to come from behind in the former, defeating Rugby Cranes in Kakamega on Wednesday.

Uganda’s Fixtures

Uganda v Kenya – Kampala, Saturday 10th June 2017 (Elgon Cup 1st leg)

Kenya v Uganda – Nairobi, Saturday 24th June (Rugby Africa Gold Cup/Elgon Cup 2nd leg)

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

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