Name: Wandicho John William
Weight : 97kg
Positions: Lock (4,5) and back row (6,7,8)
Club: Plascon Mongers
Club caps: very many
Leadership roles: team captain 2013-2016
Club captain 2016 to date
International duty : started 2014 – 17 caps
If you have spent sometime in rugby circles, then you must have witnessed the gigantic sight of a tall, dark and healthily fed lad. Despite the scarily built physique, his smile and character are very welcoming and friendly. He goes by the name John Wandicho.
John was born in Entebbe; a family of 5 boys in which he is the last born. Wandicho went to Lake Victoria school for his primary and then Hilton high school for O’level before moving on to Entebbe SS where he did his A level studies.
John started rugby in 2008 while at Entebbe SS by his classmate at the time, Buyonga Jerome that lured him to the game, they have gone on to be teammates at Entebbe Mongers since then.
Rugby journey : He started getting involved in rugby at Entebbe SS, after which he continued his love for the game at Nkumba university before joining Mongers rugby club Entebbe.
Love : John is married to sweetheart Kathryn Elizabeth, the two walked down the aisle earlier this year.
Life outside rugby : John works with an NGO called embracekulture. When asked about how he balances his time, he said – ” …..I create time for everything I have to do…...”
Best rugby moment
Winning the Elgon cup (the last time Uganda did) and emerging as champions in the Africa tier 1B campaign of 2015 which also meant that Uganda claimed a place in the elite tier 1A of Africa.
Worst rugby moment
When Mongers lost in the Uganda cup semifinals against Kobs in the last minutes in 2015, a game were they had the upper hand until the last minute.
Future rugby aspirations: Not sure about what he would want to do, he reluctantly says, “.…. maybe coaching.“
Role model in the sport – All Blacks Legend Richie McCaw
Role model in general life: His dear late mother (may her soul rest in peace)
Favorite rugby player
Local : Andrew Olweny who is instrumental in the development of many young players by being a mentor on and off the pitch.
Interntional : Richie McCaw who played more than 100 tests for the All Blacks.
Changes he would have in the sport today : improving player welfare, something that can greatly motivate players and impact on their welfare.
Message to the fans: “……. thanks for encouraging us and cheering us, both on and off the pitch.”
Message to players : “…..work hard, be disciplined, endeavor to learn and don’t let anyone pull you down”