Name : Adrian Kasito
Height : 175cm
Positions : Fullback, Scrum half, Wing and Fly half
National team 15’s : 4 caps
National team 7’s : A host of caps in very many tournaments
In spite of all the milestones and attention in the past year or so, this gentleman has managed to stay humble, Adrian Kasito grew up in a family of very supportive parents that allowed him to explore his talents as a youngster and is undoubtedly the greatest factor that led to what he is today. Adrian stays with his dad who is very encouraging of the lads passion with rugby. Adrian also lets us know that his mum is very supportive as well but fears the sport a bit, as all mothers are, always looking out for the safety of their children.
Adrian is blessed to have a very supportive system around him that includes his brothers who occasionally watch him play and have seen his star rise from the days of St. Mary’s Kisubi up to date where he is a regular on the national sevens team and the 15’s not forgetting the Betway Kobs.
Adrian isn’t so keen on detail with his entire journey but lets us know that his path in the game started in his senior two at St. Mary’s college Kisubi in 2009. As most might be aware, SMACK is one of Uganda’s schooling rugby powerhouses and the game is more of a culture when you are in that community. It is easy to see why Adrian grew fonder of the sport having joined a school that lives for the game – witnessing older role models leave their mark on the sport, Adrian wanted to do the same and that is exactly what he set out to do.
Stand out quotes – “ What got me into rugby…… watching guys older than me back then at SMACK during training and all the respect they got plus how cool the sport looked got me thinking about it so I later tried it out ”
The diminutive magician has gone on to take his exploits from the ranks of SMACK to one of Uganda’s top rugby sides; Kobs rugby which gave him the platform to establish himself in a very competitive environment where he had to prove himself, he did just that and has gone on to turn heads in the Uganda rugby scene; being part of an exciting rugby sevens group that has travelled the world, marvelling crowds wherever they go. He has won quite a number of trophies with the rugby sevens team most notably the CAR 7’s trophy in Uganda where he scored the decider in a heated contest with Zimbabwe. Adrian’s talent has also been appreciated by the selectors for the national 15’s Rugby Cranes where he has featured for the national team, home and away on a number of occasions.
Life outside rugby
“ I studied a bachelors in statistics at Makerere university so later I look forward to doing something in that line, God willing ”
Favourite rugby player; local and international
On the local scene, Timothy Kisiga who plys his trade for the Black Pirates is his favorite rugby player. As the saying goes, “ …game recognizes game ” that is exactly what he acknowledges in Kisiga despite the rivalry between their clubs.
Internationally: All Blacks utility back Damian Mckenzie
Favourite rugby moment
“…. Scoring the try that helped Uganda win the Africa 7’s here in Kampala last year and also defend the title…”
Worst rugby moment
“…..losing to Papua New Guinea in Hong Kong in 2017 ” – a game that the Uganda sevens should have won.
Role model in sport
Cristiano Ronaldo is his pick; the Juventus forward’s ethic and hard work to make a life from nothing inspires him to be the best at what he does.
Role model in general life
With a smile, he says, “ my dad 😊”
What he would change about the sport in Uganda
“…. I’d try to make the sport professional here in Uganda plus I’d chase some of the administrators……” he tells us as he laughs.
Future rugby aspirations
“ to qualify for the Olympics next year and I guess that will be it for me ”
Message to upcoming players
“ To always be obedient to your coaches even when you think they aren’t that fair and nice, be humble and prayerful”
Message to fans
“ just a big thank you for always being with us even when we don’t do as expected … and to never give up on us … good things are coming ”