Rugby Cranes’ third shot at core status

By Deus Bugembe

The Rugby Sevens Cranes carry hopes of many back home who are desperate to see them become a core status side in the HSBC World Sevens Rugby Series.

The only way of attaining that is by winning the 12 side qualifier in Hong Kong starting today.
Uganda have already been there twice before, finishing in the last eight on both occasion but are optimistic they can get third time lucky this time.

“The last two outings here have helped us learn a lot and we have come back stronger both mentally and physically,” captain Michael Wokorach told Daily Monitor.

Uganda open their campaign against Germany before playing Chile and Cook Islands respectively.
Uganda have played Germany thrice and still yet to come out on top. The record against Chile stands at two wins and a loss in three while Cook Islands should not pose a threat. The pool dynamics give Uganda a fair chance of progressing to the quarterfinals.

Of the 12 chosen by coach Tolbert Onyango for the annual qualifier, nine have been there before but Ian Munyani, Isaac Massa and Paul Masendi are debutants. The side has spent close to two months training with Onyango and performance expert Geofrey Kimani to meet the stage`s demands. Core status would see Uganda play on the circuit in South Africa, UAE, New Zealand, Australia, USA, Canada, Hong Kong, Singapore, England and France. Apart from the exposure, the package come with lucrative financial incentives that would help the game grow.

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