Uganda rugby Cranes sevens will have another go at the World Qualifiers in Hong Kong this year with World Series Core status on the cards.
Uganda rugby cranes sevens will come up against Chile, a side they beat 14-10 at last year’s Hong Kong 7s thanks to tries from Solomon Okia and Phillip Wokorach, with the latter converting both. The two met again at the Sevens Rugby World Cup in San Francisco with Chile coming out on top in the Bowl Semis winning 20-17, even though scored three times through Philip Wokorach (2) and Timothy Kisiga. Uganda will be facing Germany and Cook Islands too.
“We are trying to prepare adequately and have used the eight weeks to work properly and this has helped us to address the issues from last year,” said Coach Tolbert Onyango.
About Kimani’s expertise on the coaching bench, Coach Tolbert said, “Kim has been with us before (2017). He comes with a lot of experience and he had done well with the boys already.”
“First things first, the goal that coaches set for the rugby cranes sevens is to qualify for the world series, going to Hong Kong and doing one better in 2017, that is to go all the way and qualify for the World Series,” said a confident Geoffrey Kimani, Uganda Sevens S&C Coach.
“2018 was good, where we got to world cup for the first time ever. We have two major tournaments this year, World Qualifiers in Hong Kong in April and Olympics qualifiers later in the year) and it is an excitement time for Uganda.”
Hong Kong Men’s Sevens Series Qualifiers’ Pools
Pool E: Hong Kong, Tonga, Zimbabwe, Philippines
Pool F: Ireland, Russia, Uruguay, Jamaica
Pool G: Chile, Germany, Uganda, Cook Islands
The winner of the World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series Qualifier will be promoted to next season’s HSBC World Rugby Men’s Sevens Series, replacing the bottom-placed team at the completion of the current season.
The Rugby Sevens Cranes in Hong Kong will be without Solomon Okia, James Odongo and Lawrence who are recovering from different injuries.
Rugby Sevens Cranes Team in training:
1.Micheal Wokorach (C) – Hima Cement Heathens
2.Paul Masendi – Hima Cement Heathens
3.Justin Kimono – Betway Kobs
4.Norbert Okeny – Betway Kobs
5.Joseph Aredo – Betway Kobs
6.James Ijongat – Betway Kobs
7.Ian Munyani – Betway Kobs
8.Conrad Mukwaya – Betway Kobs
9.Pius Ogena – Betway Kobs
10.Adrian Kasito – Betway Kobs
11.Desire Ayera – Black Pirates
12.Isaac Massa – Black Pirates
13.Muhammad Haruna – Black Pirates
14.Timothy Kisiga – Black Pirates
15.Timothy Odongo – Black Pirates
16.William Nkore – Black Pirates
17.Romano Ucu – Toyota Buffaloes
18.Byron Oketayot – Shell Rimula Rhinos
19.Taufiq Bagalana – Jinja Hippos
20.Aaron Ofoywroth – Kenya Harlequins
21.Philip Wokorach – Kabras Sugar