“Despite your humble contributions both financially and in kind, we have experienced challenges in mobilizing a full-strength team largely due to school commitments of the boys, work commitments and some injuries. We sadly can’t make a full-strength team for the trip and will cancel our participation,” said a source in management.
BREAKING NEWS:@piratesrugbyUG Withdraw from #Christie7s and are replaced by the Russian side Narvskaya Zastava Rugby Club who are the current Russian Cup Champions, current St Petersburg Champions who will be competing in the Russian Premier League in October. #Stanbic7s #SSS pic.twitter.com/hKijAffUow
— Kenya Harlequin (@KenyaHarlequins) September 13, 2018
Pirates are nursing a number of injuries sustained during the grueling climax to the Ugandan Sevens calendar and these include William Nkore, Ivan Chadri, Conrad Wanyama and Isaac Rujumba. Aside of the injuries, two 7s stalwarts in Ivan Magomu and Desire Ayera are attending to their school needs and are unavailable for selection. As if that’s not enough, three starters in Massa, Haruna and Kisiga were snapped up by the Uganda 7s select side to play in the Christie 7s.
“It has been a hectic morning for us, but we are now focusing on supporting the select 7s side,” remarked Coach Bobby Musinguzi.
Pirates were set to play in Pool A alongside Stanbic Mwamba, Mean Machine and Kabras. They have since been replaced by Russian Narvskaya Zastava Rugby Club who are the current Russian Cup Champions. Narvskaya are currently coached by former Kabras Sugar strength and conditioning coach Andrew Curtain, who was part of the Kenya Cup winning technical bench in 2016.