Name: Philip Wokorach
Weight: 95 kg
Height: 6.3 ft
Current club: Kabras Sugar RFC
Former club: Hima Heathens
Leadership roles: Senior player and assistant captain of the Uganda Rugby sevens National team
National engagements: Integral part of the national teams; 7’s and 15’s
Early life ( background)
Many would agree with the sentiment that this man is arguably Uganda’s best export out of rugby at the moment; he goes by many names – Ojus, Wokos, PW15 etc. Regardless of what you choose to call him, everyone knows the name Philip Wokorach.
Philip attended Kiswa Primary school which is close to Naguru and Lugogo where he started his rugby career through the Kyadondo tag rugby program, a system that was vital in shaping what has been an illustrious career thus far. He then went on to secondary at Hana Mixed school where he had his breakthrough both in education and Rugby. It was at Hana that everyone got to know his name.
Philip is a great testament to Ugandan sports men that education and sports can flourish in the same space as he recently graduated with a degree from Uganda Christian University.
The journey began at Kyadondo Rugby club when he joined Tag Rugby; an elementary program ushering young children into the sport of rugby – Tag rugby majorly focuses on the basic skill sets of the game.
From there, “Wokos” managed to develop noticeable skills through which he earned his scholarship at Hana Mixed School as part of their sports program. At Hana, everything aligned for the young lad who, along with his teammates, was able to break the dominance in the schools league which was held by the traditional powerhouses (Namilyango, Budo and SMACK).
His time at Hana was hugely successful – the team won multiple titles and individually, he grabbed many accolades as well. Some of the titles won were East Africa Schools rugby title (2011), National schools Rugby title (2011), National Sevens (2011,2012), independence cup (2010,2011,2012) just to mention but a few.
He didn’t forget his education however and was able to excel and get admitted into the prestigious Uganda Christian University.
Post High school
After high school, Wokorach was scouted by Hima Heathens who were quick to sign the exciting player. At Heathens, he won two titles and earned a club bursary to study at UCU. Winning never stops for the talented but humble man as he was part of the UCU team that won the East Africa University Rugby title in 2014.
It hasn’t been all roses for Uganda’s rugby darling, he broke his leg twice; during the Uganda rugby league in 2013 and at Esher RFC during a stint in the UK. Periods of his life that were hard and very frustrating.
Credit to his mental strength as he managed to work on his fitness after returning to Uganda where he was then spotted by the Kenyan outfit; Kabras Sugar RFC. He has gone on to dazzle the Kenyan rugby community and win many fans from a country that has a great rivalry with Uganda. – “Through hard work and teamwork, we have managed to gain a number of achievements too at Kabras”
Life outside rugby
“ I am an aspiring entrepreneur, I deal in sportswear and i have a small money transfer business AKA mobile money shop ”
Favorite rugby moment
“ Qualifying for the sevens World Cup ”
Worst rugby moment
“ Breaking my leg in 2013 and my proposed move to the Toyota Cheetahs not materializing. It’s hard to choose from the two”
Life Role model
“ My mother and Cristiano Ronaldo” “ Cristiano’s qualities are those that I admire – hard work, professionalism, commitment and self drive. ”
Favourite rugby players
Local – Brian Odongo, Michael Wokorach, Alex Mubiru, Pius Ogena
International – Collins Injera, Israel Folau, Willie Le Roux, Ben Smith
Future rugby aspirations
“ I want to play in a top tier league in the world (Super Rugby, Gallagher premiership or Pro 14) and also play against a top 4 country when representing Uganda”
Message to upcoming players
“ Discover your strengths and work hard to develop them. And it’s always about the team not you, teamwork should be the center of all your plans to achieve your goals”
Message to fans
“I always appreciate your support to rugby in whatever contribution, even if it is just watching. It means a lot and motivates the players”