NBL injects sh470m in rugby

By Barbra Namanyi

Nile Breweries today Thursday November 28, 2019 under their new brand Nile Special Stout, has injected sh670m to Uganda Rugby Union (URU)  in a one year sponsorship deal.

Of the sh670m, URU will get sh260m in cash an increment of sh110 from last year’s package of sh150m.

The prize money has also been increased from sh22m last season to sh40.5m this season and sh8m as a fund created for the Special categories prizes which include most disciplined team, best managed team and others.

Sh42m will be injected in the second tier of the league (championship) which is the regional development while sh70m will be administration of the league including referees.

URU president Godwin Kayangwe lauded Nile Special for the continued support and urged clubs to take advantage of the partnership.

“Our partner is committed to supporting rugby and as a union and club we must be organised show reason for increase in the funding,” Kayangwe said.

“We shall rate the performance of each club to determine the share clubs receive on the sh100m package for the Clubs,” Kayangwe explained.

Nile Breweries Brand Manager Francis Nyende assured URU of his companies support and urged the union to spread the sport country wide.


URU launches 4year plan

By USPA Team

Key Highlights are

Capacity building

-Commercialisation of the sport

-Empowering office bearers

-Mass participation in primary schools

-Improved communication & visibility

The 2020-2024 promises to be a busy period for the Uganda Rugby Union (URU) that has launched a four year strategic plan to ensure the development of the sport.

Uganda Rugby Union Secretary Peter Odong look on as URU President Godwin Kayangwe (L) hands over the 2020-2024 Strategic Plan to CEO Ramsey Olinga at the Uganda Olympic committtee on Tuesday November 19,2019. Virgin Images

URU in the Strategic plan has all their focus on primary schools participation to grow the number of participation as a target of 100,000 participants a year in their mind.

These will also be catered for by increasing the number Secondary schools, Tertiary institutions and universities playing the sport.

Communication and visibility remains a priority in the four years development plan and capacity building where office bearers and volunteers have to be trained to suit the required standards.

“When you think of increasing numbers, you must have plans of retention and those are tertiary and universities, because we have so many good players who disappear after finishing high school,” Kayangwe noted.

“We are looking at commercialising the sport and improving on our products both in the 15s and 7s version of the sport,” he added.

URU secretary Peter Odong emphasised improving on the welfare of the staff both permanent and volunteers so that they commit their services to the sport.


Kobs are Uganda Cup champs

Rugby Uganda Cup results

Kobs 15 Heathens 14

Third Position

Pirates 19 Mongers 18

Shield cup

Rams 13 Impis 14

Uganda Cup Women:

Mbale Eagles 19 Entebbe Swans 20

Kitgum Queens 0 Thunderbirds 28 (w/O)

Uganda Cup Winners











“I’m overwhelmed and speechless. I cannot believe that we have won it again,” Kobs coach Davis Kiwalabye said after his side’s 15-14 defeat of Hima Cement Heathens to successfully defend their Uganda Cup trophy.

Robert Aziku scored the winning try with a conversion by Ivan Kirabo in the last minute sending Kobs fans at Kings park Rugby Ground in jubilation before referee Saudha Adiru blew the final whistle.

Kiwalabye who came in as a caretaker coach has now won two trophies the Kampala Old Boys, the National 7s circuit and Uganda Cup.

He attributed the win to team work and perseverance saying the victory has motivated him to also target the league title that starts on Friday November 29.

Kobs players regroup after conceding a try

Details in New Vision

Rugby Cranes 7s impressing

By Our team

Uganda Rugby Cranes 7s team beat Mauritius 57-0, Namibia 35-17 and Senegal 52-12 to book space in the semi-final of the Rugby Africa 7s tournament in Johannesburg South Africa.

The team tomorrow saturday face Kenya in the morning game and coach onyango is expecting good results.

Coach Tolbert Onyango is impressed   the team’s performance and he said,” Team did well today obviously not all games were pretty to watch, but we got the wins. Tomorrow we start over again one game at a time.

The winner of the 14 team tournament will qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.


Heathens dates Pirates

By our reporter

Semifinal; fixtures Bweyogere

Pirates v Heathens,2pm

Kobs v Mongers ,4:30pm

Rugby Quarterfinal results

Mongers 18 Buffaloes 12

Kobs 34 Hippos 3.

Pirates 29 Rhinos 8

Heathens 36 Warriors 0.

The Stanbic Black Pirates eliminated Shell Rhinos from the Uganda Cup with 29=8 defeat to boos a semi-final clash with rivals Hima Cement Heathens on Saturday November 9,2019.

The back-breaking semi-final will be played at 2pm before defending champions Betway Kobs take on stubborn Plascon Mongers at 4.30pm with both games at kings Park Bweyogerere.

Pirates who lost to Heathens home and away in the Nile Special premier Rugby will be out avenge the defeats and that is what makes this game a bruising fixture.

England 12-32 South Africa:

Springboks seal third Rugby World Cup in Japan

Springboks clinch RWC title to sit alongside 1995 and 2007 successes

South Africa wing Cheslin Kolbe celebrates his late try in Saturday’s Rugby World Cup final win

Makazole Mapimpi and Cheslin Kolbe tries, plus 22 points via the boot of Handre Pollard, saw a monstrously-physical South Africa seal a third Rugby World Cup triumph, beating an off-colour England 32-12 in Yokohama.

Owen Farrell notched all of England’s points off the tee courtesy of four penalties, but Eddie Jones’ charges were punished for repeated errors and unable to get past a staunch South Africa defence.

The Springboks make history as the first nation ever to lose a Rugby World Cup game – their opening Pool B clash with New Zealand – and go on to lift the cup, while also becoming the first side to win a Rugby Championship or Tri-Nations title and World Cup in the same year.

Plascon boosts Mongers

Plascon boosts Mongers

By our media team

Entebbe Mongers Rugby Club has been boosted ahead of their Uganda Cup quarterfinal game with Toyota Buffaloes on Saturday at the House of Pain ground Entebbe.

The Entebbe based side on Wednesday received a new kit as part of the fulfillment of the Plascon sponsorship to the club.

Mongers team in a new Kit from Plascom. Virgin Image

Early this year in February, the club received a home Kit and sh12.3m package from the paint manufacturing company to help them finalise their home ground.

“This is a boost to us and as a team we are going for a win. Buffaloes may be a strong side, but know that this is a knockout tournament and we shall have no mercy on them,” said Club captain Andrew Olwenyi

Main cup Quarter Finals

At Legends

Kobs v Hippos 4:30pm

In Entebbe,4,30pm

Mongers v Buffaloes

At Kings Park in Bweyogerere

Pirates v Rhinos,4:30pm

At Kyadondo

Heathens v Warriors 4:30pm

Shield Quarter Finals

In Makerere

Rams v Mbale Elephants 4:30pm

At King’s Park

Sailors v Walukuba Barbarians,2pm

At Kyadondo

Kyambogo v Kisubi Pacers,4:30pm

At Kyadondo

Stallions v Impis, 2pm