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Rugby Africa’s Men’s 7s is back in action.

The Nile Special Rugby Premier League went on a brief hiatus beginning with match day 16, and it was for an exciting purpose.

While the rest of the Ugandan rugby fraternity will be resting, strategizing, realigning, and reassembling, the Rugby Sevens cohort will be finalizing their preparations for the Rugby Africa Sevens event.

On April 23rd and 24th, Kampala will host 14 of Africa’s greatest rugby-playing nations.

The tournament, which will also serve as a qualifier for the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham and the 2022 Rugby World Cup Sevens in Cape Town, South Africa, has attracted a large sponsorship package from Nile Breweries Uganda Limited, Uganda’s number one rugby fan, who currently sponsor the local rugby league.

The event began on Thursday, April 7th, at the Kyadondo Rugby Club in Kampala.

Representatives from Rugby Africa, Uganda Rugby Union, key sponsors Nile Breweries Ltd, and the Local Organizing Committee (LOC), directed by Philip Kiboijana, were present at the launch, which promised a “fun-filled carnival atmosphere” at Kyadondo.

Mr. Godwin Kayangwe, Vice President of Rugby Afrique, also promised a friendly atmosphere for all competing teams, including defending champions Kenya, Zimbabwe, and Namibia.

A 14-man squad has been named.

Coach Tolbert Onyango announced his 14-man team for the tournament this morning, with youthful speedster Karim Arinaitwe getting a well-deserved call up. In the Nile Special Rugby Premier League, he has been outstanding for the Kampala Old Boys (KOBS) Rugby Club. Philip Wokorach, who is based in France, is another significant returnee to the squad.

Michael Wokorach will captain the team, with Ian Munyani serving as his deputy.

The rest of the team is as follows:

Michael Wokorach, Philip Wokorach, Adrian Kasito, Aaron Ofoyrworth, Claude Otema, Kelvin Balaggade, Timothy Kisiga, William Nkore, Desire Ayera, Ian Munyani, Alex Aturinda, Nobert Okeny, Karim Arinaitwe, and Isaac Newton Massa are among the members of the Wokorach family.

Gates shall open at 7AM and Uganda’s first match of the day shall be at 8:22am against Burundi. Lets go Rugby Cranes!

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