Name : Auma Grace
Weight : 54 kgs
Height : 167 cm
Current club : Black Pearls
Former club : Walukuba Titans
Leadership roles : Black Pearls sevens captain, vice captain of the Lady Cranes at the 2018 Safari sevens.
National engagements : Represented at the Lady Cranes in 2015 during the Elgon Cup, 2015 Rugby Africa Olympic 7’s qualifiers, 2016 – 2018 Rugby Africa 7’s, 2018 Safari 7’s
Auma Grace was born in Jinja where she spent much of her childhood – her stay in Jinja was a major factor in what led her to join rugby. This is where she crossed paths with the Walukuba Titans and hasn’t looked back ever since.
Grace started her involvement in the sport with tag rugby which is an essential part of the game, mainly played at tender ages to harness the basic rugby skills for the future. From there, she joined the Walukuba Titans club where she had her first taste of contact and competitive rugby.
The journey wasn’t a smooth one but due to her perseverance and hard work, she was able to impress rugby coaches, selectors and fans alike. As hard work normally goes, the benefits start to come in due time ; she transferred to the Black Pearls who have been hugely dominant in the women’s game in recent times and earned a national team call up in 2015, she got her debut in the same year.
Life outside rugby
“I study at Makerere University Business school pursuing a diploma in Business Administration and I also partake in singing in a worship team.
Favorite rugby moment
“When we made it to the Rugby Africa final in Botswana in 2018. It was a very great moment for me.”
Worst rugby moment
“when I had just started contact rugby, every time we would travel to Kampala for a rugby tournament, I would get punished by Christine Kizito’s handoffs and it wasn’t enjoyable.
Life Role model
Favourite rugby players
Locally : Philip Wokorach
Internationally : Gayle Broughton and Portia Woodman (both from New Zealand)
Future rugby aspirations
“ i would like to play in the same club with Portia Woodman and also, help Uganda qualify for the World Cup one day.”
Message to upcoming players
“I urge them not to give up on their dreams of becoming great players and to put in effort to reach where they want to be.”
Message to fans
“ I would like to thank the fans for encouraging and pushing us and not giving up by supporting us when we need support and for loving us always.