Lady Cranes face Kenya in Hong Kong

Uganda’s Lady cranes have been drawn to face neighbors and African champions Kenya Lionesses in the Hong Kong 7s in Pool B.

The Lady Cranes will come up, other than Kenya, against Papua New Guinea and Hong Kong.

“Our pool is quite fair. We just have to give it out best shot. Kenya are the obvious favorites to go to the quarters. PNG (Papua New Guinea) and HK (Hong Kong) will be tough nuts to crack but if we stick to our structures we can pull off one or two upsets,” remarked Coach Helen Buteme after seeing the draw.

Coach Helen Buteme conducting training at Kings Park

“We’re seeded last and the underdogs but this is Uganda’s first major tourney in 10 years. Only Charlotte has played in the world stage before (2009 world cup) – this could work against us and it can also help us surprise many.”

Only Charlotte Mudoola is surviving from the team that played 2009 World Cup, captained by now Coach Helen Buteme and the y managed to make the Bowl Quarterfinals.

Kenya and Uganda’s Lady Cranes faced each other in the 2018 Women’s Africa 7s finals, with the former winning 29-07.

“Being pooled with the Host Nation, our neighbors and PNG means we have to bring our A game from the first game throughout our entire pool games. It’s a challenge that both the team and I are looking forward to. We also know that if we want to qualify we have to beat all the other teams we will face and that’s what we have to focus on, A game at a time in the process.” said Head Coach, Kevin Wambua to KRU’s official website.

Hong Kong Women’s Sevens Series Qualifiers’ Pools

Pool A: Japan, Belgium, Scotland, Mexico

Pool B: Kenya, Papua New Guinea, Hong Kong, Uganda

Pool C: Brazil, Argentina, Kazakhstan, Poland

The winner of the World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series Qualifier will be promoted to next season’s HSBC World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series, replacing the bottom-placed team at the completion of the current season.

Tournament details:

Date : Thursday, 4th April, 2019
Venue : So Kon Po Recreation Ground (FREE ENTRY)
Time : 10am – 5.20pm (GMT +8)

Date : Friday, 5th April, 2019
Venue : Hong Kong Stadium (Gates open at 7.30am) (GMT +8)
Event :  Women’s matches kick off at 10.30am (GMT +8)


Uganda Lady Cranes team in training:

1. Asha Nakityo (Thunderbirds)
2. Peace Lekuru (Entebbe Ladies)
3. Peace Mirembe (Black Panthers)
4. Grace Auma (Black Pearls)
5. Juliet Nandawula (Entebbe Ladies)
6. Flavia Agenorwot (Black Pearls)
7. Ritta Nadunga (Black Panthers)
8. Mary Kyoita (Thunderbirds)
9. Immaculate Mufuwa (Black Pearls)
10. Charlotte Mudoola (Black Panthers)
11. Emilly Lekuru (Black Pearls)
12. Mary Gloria Ayot (Black Pearls)
13. Emmanuela Oroma (Black Pearls)
14. Yvonne Najjuma (Thunderbirds)
15. Proscovia Ayero (Black Pearls)
16. Angel Apio (Black Pearls)
17. Christine Nakamya (Entebbe Ladies)
18. Tina Akello (Black Pearls)*

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