Pius Ogena for Kobs during a Sevens tournament at Kyadondo Credit: Uganda Rugby Union

The draws for the opening circuit of the 2021 Uganda national rugby sevens series have been held on Tuesday evening at Kyadondo Rugby Club.

Kobs Rugby Club will begin their 2019 series title defence in Pool A during the Mileke Sevens circuit. The circuit will be hosted by Warriors Rugby Club from October 2-3 at Legends Rugby Grounds.

The defending champions have been drawn against hosts Warriors, Rams, and Mongers development side Jjengo in Pool A.

Black Pirates, who won the last circuit of that 2019 series, have been drawn in Pool B against Impis, Jaguars, and their own development side Sailors. Sailors were promoted to core status after winning the qualification tournament in 2019.

Mileke Sevens Pool draws (invitational teams*)

  • Pool A: Kobs, Warriors, Rams, Jjengo*
  • Pool B: Black Pirates, Impis, Sailors, Jaguars*
  • Pool C: Heathens, Jinja Hippos, Rhinos*, Pacers*
  • Pool D: Buffaloes, Mongers, Stallions*, Rams 2*

The top two teams from each pool will progress to the main cup quarterfinals after which the winners will progress to the main cup semifinals while the losers will drop to the fifth place playoffs.

  • QF 1: A1 vs D2
  • QF 2: C1 vs B2
  • QF 3: D1 vs A2
  • QF 4: B1 vs C2

The bottom two teams from each pool will progress to a quarterfinal knockout phase of their own in which the winners will compete for the Challenge trophy and the losers for the 13th place playoffs.

  • A3 vs D4
  • C3 vs B4
  • D3 vs A4
  • B3 vs C4

The tournament is expected to kick off as early as 8 a.m. on Saturday morning and runs throughout the day until sunset.

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

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