Photos : Bwaha Denise/Eric Ndugutse
Black Pearls star Emily Lekuru and Uganda Cranes Philip Wokorach were named 2018’s most valuable rugby players for the ladies and men respectively at the Uganda Sports Press Association Assembly earlier in the week.
Born on 17th March, 2000, Emily Lekuru burst onto the rugby scene with Black Pearls from Jinja, making her international debut for the lady Cranes in 2017 in Tunisia. She went on to play in the Women’s Africa 7s which happened in Botswana a year later, in 2018. In Gabarone, she registered 3 tries.
Emily was voted Women’s rugby 7s MVP during the 2017-2018 National Rugby 7s calendar scoring 17 points at the Kyadondo Floodlights which Black Pearls won, 15 points at the Kitaka Memorial 7s where Pearls finished second, 27 points at the Coronation 7s which the Pearls won 22 points at the URU Buffaloes 7s circuit and 31 points at the Rujumba Memorial 7s.
Emily inspired Black Pearls to second place in the URU Women 10s Championship, behind Thunderbirds and ahead of Black Panthers and Kitgum Queens. She also helped Pearls reach second place in the Premiership behind defending champions Thunderbirds, and ahead of Black panthers and Entebbe Ladies.
Philip Wokorach plies his club rugby trade in Kenya and helped guide Kabras Sugar Rugby Club to their consecutive Kenya Cup finale, unfortunately losing to KCB.
Internationally, Philip Wokorach represented the country with the Samurai Rugby squad in Amsterdam 7s where he was crowned Most Valuable Player. In the Gold Cup, he scored a hat-trick of tries against Tunisia. Philip managed 30 points at Uganda’s inaugural Rugby Sevens World Cup in San Francisco. He was part of the Uganda 7s Academy side that handed Pirates their first defeat of the National 7s calendar at the Buffaloes-hosted edition of the Sevens.