Monday March 12 2018

Rugby: Numbers galore as Lady Cranes intensify practice sessions

By Swaib Raul Kanyike

Kampala.

All but two of the summoned 20 Lady Cranes 7s players turned up for training yesterday at Kyadondo Rugby Grounds.
The team, which is preparing for this year’s Rugby Afrique 7s to be held in Botswana in May, kicked off its preparations last month with trials and assessment sessions.
Entebbe Ladies’ Peace Lekuru, who made her national team debut at last year’s edition in Tunisia, is nursing an injury sustained against Black Panthers in a league game late last month, while former captain Emmanuella Oroma did not give reasons for skipping yesterday’s session.
Uganda has been finishing in fourth position in the last two championships (Zimbabwe 2016 and Tunisia 2017). Coach Helen Buteme Koyokoyo will be hoping for better fortunes.
“We have started a bit early and this will help me to assess the players and have a longer look at them. At the moment I am happy with the turn-up and commitment levels,” she remarked.
Thunderbirds’ Samiya Ayikoru is the biggest name missing in this year’s team. She was left out after failing to show up for trials. Black Pearls boss the roster with nine players, followed by Black Panthers and Entebbe Ladies on five and four, respectively. Thunderbirds have two.

In training:

Emilly Lekuru, Angel Apio, Flavia Agenorwot, Grace Auma, Immaculate Mufuwa, Mary Gloria Ayot, Peace Wokorach, Proscovia Ayero, (all Black Pearls), Aisha Nakityo Nabulime, Odoyi Mary Kyoita (all Thunderbirds), Brenda Aboth, Ritta Nadunga, Charlotte Mudoola, Peace Mirembe, Suzan Adong (all Black Panthers), Christine Nakamya, Justine Namagembe, Juliet Nandawula (all Entebbe Ladies).

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