Name : Kimbowa Collin
Weight : 120kgs
Height : 5,5
Current club : Betway Kobs 
Former team : Boks
Leadership roles : Captain Mengo senior school
National engagements :

  • Graduate of Under 19 Baby Cranes of 2014
  • Integral part of the Rugby Cranes competing in the Elgon cup and the CAR championship.


Early life
Kimbowa Collin is a simple funny loving guy from a family of six; two boys and four girls in which he is the last born – a family that has been groomed by a single mum.


Kimbowa completed his studies from Mengo senior school and then went on to Uganda Christian University where he graduated in Industrial and Fine Art in 2017.

 

Rugby journey
Kimbowa confesses that he was forced to join the sport in his form 2 at Katikamu by Kitooke who currently plays for Mongers and Emmanuel Katuntu of Impis rugby club – “ That’s when I got to know about a sport I love now”

 

“ By then it wasn’t a popular game in the school but i kept trying and learning til my vacation when I watched my 1st game of rugby in 2012 and got more interested in trying it out on a big stage”

Kimbowa – part of the UCU rugby team

It wasn’t easy for Kimbowa to grasp the aspects of the game in a school where it wasn’t popular as they lacked proper coaches and the school wasn’t investing in it at all.

 

This all changed when he joined Mengo Senior Secondary which is a day commute school that helped him get a chance to train with Impis when he left school everyday. He was later convinced by Syrus wathum to join Boks, a junior side to traditional powerhouses Kobs.

In action for Kobs Rugby club this season


He joined Boks in 2013 and was subsequently called up for the under 19 national side that same year but dropped out last minute due to passport issues. Nevertheless Kimbowa kept pushing and working hard to better his game til the dividends started to show when he was called up for Kobs in 2014.

 

In action for the Rugby Cranes

 

The fruits of all the hard work continued that year as he was part of the U-19 team that won the the Africa cup Tier 1B. The year 2015 saw him called up to the senior Rugby Cranes team where the team went on to win the Elgon cup and the CAR championship Tier 1B. He remains a solid part of the national team to date.


Life outside rugby

“ I do my art work…..”
Kimbowa has gifted hands as portrayed by many of his crafts witnessed by those close to him. He also helps out his mum at work.

 

Favourite rugby moment
“Winning the U-19 trophy in 2014 at home and winning the Uganda cup with Kobs last year”

Uganda Cup winners 2018-2019

Worst rugby moment
“Losing to Heathens and being benched on one of the national team matches the entire game”

Role model generally in life

“ My mum, she’s a hard working independent single lady”

Role models in rugby
Local – “ Brian Odongo’s skill and mental then Asuman Mugerwa’s raw power”

International
“Mako Vunipola”

Photo courtesy of BBC


Future Rugby Aspirations
“ …… to be the best in my number and write history, and inspire the young generation”

Message to upcoming players
“To do their thing and never give up, hard work pays and team work takes you places. Rugby teaches you to be better outside life”