Jinja Hippos celebrate Kyabazinga Sevens circuit victory in 2022 at Bugembe Stadium | Credit: Don Mugabi

The 2022 National Sevens Series champions Jinja Hippos will begin their title defence at home on the first weekend of July.

Hippos win first major title in ten-year history

Damwaters Rugby Club, their home ground, will host the first of seven circuits in the 2023 Nile Special Sevens Series. The other circuits will be hosted in Kitgum, Wakiso, Tooro, Kampala, and Tororo.

The new venues on the calendar this year are Kitgum and Tororo which will host the second and penultimate rounds respectively.

For the first time in history, all circuits will be two-day as Uganda completes the transition to international competition standards. There will be a week’s break after every two circuits which will spread the series over two months from July to September.

Rhinos Rugby Club will return to the series as a core side after beating Elgon Wolves in last year’s qualifier tournament at Wankulukuku Stadium. They replace Walukuba Barbarians who were relegated.

How Walukuba Barbarians got relegated

Although they last won the series title a decade ago in 2013, Heathens remains the most successful club in the competition since its inception in 2001. They have won it eleven times. Kobs follows at a distance with six titles while Impis, Buffaloes, Pirates and Hippos have won it just once.

The series finale will be held on September 2-3 at Kyabazinga Stadium in Bugembe.

Nile Special 7s Series 2023 Calendar

Event NameDateHost Venue
1Jinja 7sJuly 1-2Damwaters Rugby Club, Jinja
2Kitgum 7sJuly 8-9Boma Grounds, Kitgum
3Rujumba 7sJuly 22-23Kings Park Stadium, Bweyogerere
4Tooro 7sJuly 29-30Buhinga Stadium, Fort Portal
5Kyadondo 7sAugust 12-13Kyadondo Rugby Club, Lugogo
6Tororo 7sAugust 19-20Tororo Rugby Club, Tororo
7Kyabazinga 7sSeptember 2-3Bugembe Stadium, Bugembe

Ernest Akorebirungi joined Kawowo Sports in July 2019 after one year as a student volunteer at the Makerere University Games Union. In his role as rugby correspondent, he offers unique insight and analysis...

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