Uganda’s Cranes talk strategy ahead of Hong Kong Sevens

By Machuki Sundaa

With just a few weeks to go until the Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens, Uganda’s Cranes 7s – the two times Africa 7s champions – have intensified their training program in a bid to improve on their performance from 2017.

Cranes have to win at the Sevens Series Qualifiers in Hong Kong to earn a place in next year’s HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series.

One of their strategies was to recruit strength and conditioning coach Geoffrey Kimani. Kimani served Uganda Sevens before in the same capacity, as he was part of Cranes’ set-up in Hong Kong in 2017, when they beat Tonga and Jamaica but lost to Papua New Guinea in the quarter-finals.

The former Kenya 7s strength and conditioning coach will work along side Cranes Sevens Coach Tolbert Onyango to boost the Cranes technical bench. They are holding training sessions twice a week in Kampala at Kyadondo Rugby Grounds.

Uganda Sevens team Captain Phillip Wokorach who has 43 caps under his belt is eager and ready to deliver in the tournament due next month. “We are ready for the battle ahead of us, and we are hopeful that we shall be successful in Hong Kong.”

Uganda Breweries Limited who are the Cranes 7s official sponsors, had a chance to join the team in one of their training sessions at Kyadondo Rugby Grounds, and had the opportunity to present them with Guinness branded T-shirts. Uganda Rugby Union CEO Ramsey Olinga was grateful and had positive things to say about Uganda Breweries Limited.

The Hong Kong Sevens is set to take place in Hong Kong Stadium on the 5th – 7th April 2019. The Series, which is considered the premier tournament of the World Rugby Sevens Series, is arguably the most valued leg. This year’s seventh leg tournament will act as the principal route for qualification to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic games.

Main Photo Credit: PIVOT.

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