Jim Parker - a former Kenya Harlequins player, a former Makerere Impis coach and Uganda Women's rugby first coach (R) Credit: Courtesy

The Uganda Rugby fraternity has mourned the loss of former national team head coach Jim Park.

[/media-credit] Jim Parker – a former Kenya Harlequins player, a former Makerere Impis coach and Uganda Women’s rugby first coach (R) Credit: Courtesy

The news of his demise have continuously shocked many with several sending messages of mixed emotions hours after his death.

RIP my Saracens rugby team Coach… RUGBY will truly miss you COACH RIP JIM PARK

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Former Warriors coach Herbert Wafula described the feeling of receiving the news as “devastating” after spending quite a spell with the tactician during his active playing career a decade ago.

1997 was the year Uganda became a World Rugby formally International Rugby Board affiliate. That’s the same period Park was in charge.

Jim had featured for Kenyan club Harlequins club in the 60s before proceeding to coach Uganda’s Rhinos club between 1994- 1997.

On Uganda joining IRB, he witnessed the team in their first test versus Kenya before going on to take charge of the famous 1998 Impis side.

Rest in peace Jim Park, a faithful servant to Uganda Rugby for more than two decades. He did it all from coaching to…

Posted by Rugby256 on Wednesday, 13 December 2017

He served as a referee and contributed greatly to starting the referees society.

When Kyadondo rugby club was formed in 2000, he started women’s rugby as a member which later evolved into the Thunderbirds club.

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He later took the reins of the national Lady Rugby Cranes.

In an amazing tribute, Wafula says he became a “better” player under his wings.

“Jim was too friendly and ever willing to help,” he posted on social media.

“Even when you disagreed with him he never kept a grudge. I became a better player after understanding his great rugby foundations and intentions. ”

Former national team coach Yayiro Kasasa also extended his tribute exclaiming how “sad” it is to have lost a legend in the sport.

Rest in eternal peace my 1997 Rugby Cranes ‘The Originals’ Head Coach-Jim Park. The news of his demise has left some of…

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