Kelvin Balagadde during Uganda Rugby Sevens training Credit: Edgar Hamala

Uganda Rugby Union has announced that the men’s sevens national team will take part in a week-long Solidarity Camp organised by Rugby Africa.

The camp will be held in Stellenbosch, South Africa and will feature four teams; South Africa, Kenya, Zimbabwe, and Uganda.

Blitzbok head coach Neil Powell said that this camp will be used as trials for the Olympic hopefuls.

“Plans are afoot for a tournament where the Blitzboks and SA Rugby Sevens Academy squad will be playing against Kenya, Uganda, and Zimbabwe on consecutive weekends at Markotter Stadium in May,” he said.

Uganda has not yet confirmed its ticket to the Tokyo Games, pending one final shot at the Repechage in Monaco in the month of June.

The travelling contingent will be selected from a training squad of sixteen. These are the dozen who featured in the Emirates Invitational 7s in Dubai early this month, joined by Timothy Kisiga, Jordan Bongomin, James Odongo and Kelvin Balagadde.

Head coach Tolbert Onyango is expected to name the squad for this camp on Monday morning ahead of departure on Thursday, May 6.

Ernest Akorebirungi is an amateur rugby player and a keen follower of local Ugandan rugby.

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