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Women’s rugby action resumes in Uganda

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Women’s rugby action resumes in Uganda

Women’s rugby in Uganda has resumed with great vigor and enthusiasm after a year without play. The teams were subjected to COVID19 tests before the official kick-off of the tournament. A total of 11 teams participated (7 in the Central region and 4 in the East region) in the 10 rugby tournaments over the weekend. The regional 10 will continue in central, eastern and northern Uganda on a tiered point system. Tier 1 teams are made up of seasoned and seasoned players, while Tier 2 is made up of new and future players with limited experience and visibility.

Bugema RFC, Bumageni RFC, Mbale Eagles RFC and Nyondo RFC formed the eastern bloc of the participating teams while Avengers, Black Pearls and Thunderbirds (level 1); Black Diamonds, Blue Whales RFC, Ewes RFC and Lady Swans RFC (Tier 2) respectively formed the central block of the regional women’s tournaments. National team leadership teams were present to identify U20 players and the senior national team to create a sustainable path for women’s football in Uganda. Due to the ongoing pandemic, no fans were allowed, but there was a provision for people to watch the games from the comfort of their homes through a live stream.

In the Eastern Region 10s, the Mbale Eagles won their first game against Bumageni (44-00) and won their second game against Nyondo (38-00). Bugema lost all three of their games while Bumageni won one against them (48-00). Nandudu Monica was the top trying scorer with 30 tries while Matsula Nambozo recorded 20 conversions.

In the Central region, the Black Pearls won their two games (31-05) against the Thunderbirds and (26-00) against the Avengers. The Avengers recorded a victory over the Thunderbirds (22-12). Emilly Lekuru became MVP in the senior category while Isabella Abbo emerged MVP in the age side.

I want to thank the Ugandan Rugby Federation, led by our President, Mr. Godwin Kayangwe, who are committed to ensuring that women’s rugby resumes. It has been an exciting weekend seeing our women back on the pitch proving that indeed women in rugby are unstoppable and that if the playing field is level, every young girl has the opportunity to show her talent. With increased visibility, resources and mentorship, the growth of women’s rugby is possible. Rugby is an important tool for the empowerment of girls and women and each of us has a key role to play in promoting football.Women’s representative, Regina Lunyolo.

The action returns this weekend with second-round circuits when the Bumageni RFC hosts the Eastern Regional Tournament on Saturday April 24, 2021 while the Black Pearls RFC hosts Sunday 25.e April 2021 at Kings Park in Bweyogerere, Kampala.

Table classification

Level 1 central region:

  1. Blue whales – 9pts
  2. Black diamonds – 6pts
  3. Lady Swans – 3 pts
  4. Sheep-1 point

Team ranking

Senior women’s teams from the Central region:

  1. Black pearls-6pts
  2. Avengers-4pts
  3. Thunderbirds-2pts

Eastern region:

  1. Mbale Eagles-9 pts
  2. Nyondo-6 pts
  3. Bumageni-3pts
  4. Bugema-1pt

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