Uganda’s rugby sevens Cranes head to Hong Kong untested

By Michael Hudson

The Uganda national rugby sevens team will be heading to Hong Kong without participating in the Kwese International Sevens rugby tournament in Zimbabwe as previously planned.

The cranes were supposed to use the Zimbabwe tournament as trial games ahead of the HSBC World Sevens Series Qualifier in Hong Kong. However, head coach Tolbert Onyango has confirmed that the team would no longer be participating in the tournament but would camp instead.

“The trip to Zimbabwe has been cancelled, but I will be naming the final squad on Monday before we go to camp,” Onyango said but he was silent on why such a decision was taken.

However, Uganda Rugby Union Chief Executive officer, Ramsey Olinga said that it was a decision of the team management.

“Team management feared that there would be fatigue, and besides that, they feared players getting injuries,” Olinga explained.

The management committee has yet to reveal the venue for the team camp.

The winners of the world series qualifier tournament will gain core team status for the 2019–20 World Rugby Sevens Series. Hong Kong Sevens is held from April 5-7.

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