Rugby Africa organizes solidarity camp

Uganda Rugby Union has announced that their men’s sevens national team will take part in the week long Solidarity Camp that was organized by Rugby Africa.

The week long camp is set to take place in Stellenbosch, South Arica and will feature four teams; South Africa, Kenya, Zimbabwe and Uganda.

Blitzbok head coach Neil Powell also said that the camp is the perfect opportunity to practice and be used as a trial from Olympic hopeful teams. With Monaco qualifiers only a month away and the Olympic games only two, all teams are in full speed as they attempt to prepare for their best performance.

“Plans are afoot for a tournament where the Blitzboks and SA Rugby Sevens Academy squad will be playing against Kenya, Uganda, and Zimbabwe on consecutive weekends at Markotter Stadium in May,” he said.

Uganda is set to fight for their ticket for the Tokyo Olympic Games after one last ticket is left for grabs at the last repechage in Monaco in June.

The training squad of 16 will be narrowed down to 12 while some players are fresh from the Emirates Invitational 7s in Dubai early this month, joined by Timothy Kisiga, Jordan Bongomin, James Odongo and Kelvin Balagadde.

Head coach Tolbert Onyango is expected  to announced his final 12 squad next week.

South Africa wasn’t able to attend the Madrid 7s a few months ago after Spain extended their ban on several countries including South Africa,

Emirates Invitational 7s was a more successful tournament seeing players in their eco-bubbles to help keep them and the people around them safe.

Kenya has also been performing well, even finishing second place in one leg, and improving all throughout each tournament.

The women’s team will also take part in the last repechage in Monaco, including crowd favorites France and Russia. With only a few months left to go till the Olympic Games, all teams are now in full force as they prepare for their Olympic campaigns.