Rugby Cranes Head to South Africa for High-Performance Training Camp

The Uganda Rugby Union (URU) has sent out seven national team players to South Africa for an intensive high-performance training camp.

This has been possible because of the URU’s partnership with the Blue Bulls Rugby Union in South Africa.

The official flag-off ceremony took place on Wednesday, overseen by Joseph Oluga, Assistant General Secretary of the National Council of Sports (NCS).

In his address, Oluga lauded the collaboration between URU and the Blue Bulls Rugby Union, hailing it as a historic milestone for Ugandan rugby.

“The National Council of Sports (NCS) would like to commend and congratulate the Uganda Rugby Union and the Blue Bulls Rugby Union from South Africa upon this historic partnership,” remarked Oluga.

The partnership, cemented through a Memorandum of Understanding, is designed to elevate the standard of rugby in Uganda by focusing on high-performance training, coach development, and player enhancement.

By tapping into the expertise of the Blue Bulls rugby unions, URU aims to glean insights and methodologies to propel Ugandan rugby onto the global stage.

The selected players include Santos Senteza (Prop), Conrad Wanyama (Scrum Half), Ivan Kabagambe (Prop), Byron Oketayot (Flanker), Faraji Odugo (Hooker), Eliphaz Emong (8th Man/Lock), and Sydney Gongodyo (8th Man/Lock).

The rigorous three-month camp will serve as a platform for intensive training and skill development, positioning the players for peak performance as they gear up for the Rugby Africa Cup scheduled for July 2024.

In addition to the selected players, the Rugby Cranes XVs team will join the camp, marking the final phase of preparations for the prestigious tournament.

The collaboration between URU and the Blue Bulls Rugby Union signifies a significant step forward for Ugandan rugby, underscoring the commitment to excellence and continuous improvement within the sport.

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