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2022 Elgon Cup cancelled as Kenya back-pedals

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Uganda Rugby Cranes star Philip Wokorach (with the ball) charges past Kenyans in a previous Elgon Cup match in Kampala. Courtesy Photo

Uganda Rugby Union (URU) has confirmed that this year’s Elgon Cup will not happen as earlier on scheduled, this after Kenya confirmed that they won’t be able to play due to two major reasons.

The Elgon Cup, a two-legged Rugby XVs affair is an annual tournament between Uganda and Kenya rugby union teams, though it was last held in 2019. It will now not be played for three straight years.

This year’s Elgon Cup matches were scheduled for 23rd July 2022 and 30th July 2022 in Uganda and Kenya respectively but won’t be happening albeit rugby fans having started gearing up for the two-phased meet.

“Kenya Rugby Union has informed us that with prevailing economic conditions and looming general elections in their country, they are unfortunately unable to play the Cup this year,” URU said via a missive.

Uganda Rugby will now shift focus to other international activities majorly for the 7s side notably the 2022 Commonwealth Games, World Rugby Sevens Challenger Series and the Rugby Sevens World Cup.

Locally, the National Rugby 7s Series is set to kick-off in less than a month’s time. Other events are also lined up for later this year.

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