Rugby Cranes Sevens (Uganda men’s 7s team) on Monday started the first phase of training for the Rugby Africa 7s at Kings Park Arena, Bweyogerere in Kampala.
Rugby Cranes 7s technical bench has been boosted by the arrival of former South African 7s Captain Philippus Albertus Borman Snyman who took the boys through drills under sunny conditions and the former rugby union centre was impressed.
“The weather is beautiful,” Snyman who was happy with the conditions at Kings Park told Uganda Rugby Union media adding that; “it’s so nice to work with raw talent and they (players) are full of ability, skill and pace. Now it’s on us to bring the puzzles together.”
Off the turf, Snyman looks forward to enjoying the county’s tourism sites, local food and the like. He is accompanied by Johan Van Wyk who is a Strength & Conditioning specialist coach from Stellenbosch Academy of Sports (SAS), South Africa.
The Africa 7s set for 23rd & 24th April will double as qualifiers for the 7s World Cup & the Commonwealth Games and Snyman is upbeat that the assembled players can go all the way up.
Rugby Cranes 7s first phase of training sessions will take place from 23rd to 29 January 2022 with the sessions taking place at King’s Park Arena in Bweyogerere. The team will use this camp to test the players and combinations and seek to introduce some newer players into the 7s programme.
The players will be rotated around the various camps and try get the right blend to make the final team for the qualifiers tournament.
The camps will see other players called up/returned to the subsequent camps so as to try keep some players playing in the league for their clubs in the Nile Special Rugby Premier League so as to strike a balance.
Current team in camp:
Ian Munyani, Adrian Kasito, Timothy Mugisha, Timothy kisiga, Nobert okeny, Ivan Otema, Patrick okello, Aaron Tukei, Aaron ofoyrwoth, Alex Aturinda, Kelvin Balagadde, William Nkore and Karim Arinaitwe.
Tolbert Onyango, Timothy Mudoola, Asiimwe Samuel, Michael Wandera and Kigongo Ssebalamu.