By Dorothy Nekesa
The Uganda Rugby Union has named the Rugby Cranes and Lady Cranes teams that will represent Uganda in Kisumu for the first leg of the 2019 Elgon Cup due June 22. At a press conference on Monday afternoon, URU president Godwin Kayangwe also revealed that the return leg in Kampala will be played on July 13, 2019, at Kyadondo Rugby Club.
Asuman Mugerwa returns as captain for Rugby Cranes while Winnie Atyang will steward the ship for Lady Cranes. Uganda’s campaign is to lift this years trophy following a seven-year drought.
Rugby Cranes tactician Robert Seguya said selection of a final team has always been the biggest challenge because all players have trained and worked so hard.
“If l had it my way l would take all the players but World Rugby rules stipulate that a team has an allowance of only 23 players so we had to select team based on weight of our opponents first leg,” Seguya added.
Lady Cranes Team
Faith Namugga, Yvonne Najjuma, Christine Nakayiza, Charity Atimango, Hellen Gizamba, Mary Gloria Ayot, Winnie Atyang (captain), Beatrice Atim, Samiya Ayikoru, Charlotte Mudoola, Christine Akello, Peace Lekuru, Aisha Nakityo Nabulime, Rita Nadunga, Mary Kyoita Odoyi, Peace Mirembe, Warry Ssenfuka Joanita, Fortunate Irankunda, Irene Ziggy, Lydia Namabiro, Juliet Nandawula, Diana Kwagala and Esther Tino.
Men – Rugby Cranes
Hookers: – Ronald Kanyanya(Heathens), Joseph Kagimu (USIU/Mongers)
Front Row: Santos Senteza (Heathens), Saul Kivumbi (Impala), Asuman Mugerwa (Kabras), Collin Kimbowa(Kobs)
Locks: – Charles Uhuru (Heathens), Robert Aziku (Kobs), Simon Olet (Heathens)
Back row: – Desire Ayera (Pirates), Brian Asaba (Kobs), Eliphaz Emong (Kabras), Byron Oketayot (Rhinos)
Half Backs: – Aaron Ofoyrwoth (Harlequins), Paul Epilo (Heathens), Robert Masendi (Heathens)
Centres: – Pius Ogena (Kobs), Ian Munyani (Kobs), Jordan Bongomin (Heathens)
Back three: – Paul Masendi (Heathens), Daudi Semwami (Harlequins), Adrian Kasito(Kobs), Maxwell Ebonga (Hippos)