With The World Rugby announcing the date and venue for the final qualifier rounds set to happen in stade louis II, Monaco this June 19-2. The Uganda Rugby cranes have set a seven day training camp in Kapchorwa. With their eyes set for the final spot for the Tokyo games. Rugby Africa has yet to confirm their calendar for 2021.
The team will dust off their cobwebs inn Kapchorwa, away from the rugby club atmospheres of Kyadondo and Legends rugby clubs, the squad was trained under high altitude environment to help them get back into shape after months of limited training due to COVID-19.
“It was a great outing with the boys. I would like to thank the coach and the entire boardroom staff for the experience, onto the next one,” Aaron Ofoyrwoth later tweeted.
The Cranes with head coach Tolbert Onyango have five months to get in shape for teams like Brazil, Chile, Jamaica, Mexico, France, Ireland, Samoa, Tonga, Zimbabwe, China, and Hong Kong this coming June. All teams have five months left in calendar to prepare for the June qualifiers.
The Uganda Sevens will be set to play in a 12-team round-robin, with three pools or four teams going head to head for that final spot. The winner will get the final spot in the Tokyo Olympics 2nd rugby sevens tournament. And ultimately a chance to win a medal for their countries, or even aim for gold.
The HSBC sevens series top four teams, New Zealand, Fiji, USA and South Africa have already automatically qualified. Joined by the six teams who qualified via regional qualifiers: Great Britain, Korea, Australia, Kenya, Argentina, and Canada. Japan will also be in the line up as hosts.
Edited by: Katrina Andrews