Uganda has drawn arch rivals Kenya, giants South Africa and Canada for Dubai sevens in the HSBC World Rugby Series set to get underway on 30 November – 2 December.
The draw for the first round of the men’s and women’s series took place in London on Thursday.
Uganda, coming into the tournament as the invitational side has been drawn in Pool A alongside Canada, neighbors Kenya and the Blitzboks of South Africa.
This will be Uganda’s second appearance at the Dubai sevens after losing all three of their pool games to South Africa, Scotland and the United States respectively about 10 months ago in their maiden show.
The pearl lost to South Africa in the opener 46-00, USA 29-07, Scotland 35-14, Samoa 27-19 and Canada 17-20, managing only two wins against Japan 19-26 and 21-17.
The nation excited many in the United Arab Emirates city including Dr. Ben Corbett – a lecturer at Loughborough University London’s new Institute for Sports Business – who suggested a tier 2 phase be introduced for countries like Uganda, and Patrick Johnson – a digital editor with a sports news site Prince Sports in British Columbia – who begged World Rugby Series organisers to find a way of bringing Uganda back for the next Sevens series.
Tolbert Onyango’s men will head for the tournament with heads up high after dramatically defending the Africa sevens crown to qualify for their first ever Rugby Sevens World Cup.
In Pool B, England meet Scotland, France and the newly promoted Spain while Olympic champions Fiji are drawn in Pool C with Australia, Wales and Japan.
New Zealand, USA, Argentina and Samoa make up Pool D.