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Rugby 7s World Cup: Uganda squad, coach & captain expectations, fixtures, how to watch, prize, all you need to now

Uganda Rugby Sevens, the reigning Africa Rugby champions will be in action tomorrow against Samoa in the Rugby Sevens World Cup in Cape Town South Africa.

Uganda Rugby Sevens

The tournament will take place from September 9-11. It will be Uganda’s second appearance at the World Cup, having made it at the 2018 tournament where they finished 19th in San Francisco.

24 men’s team are in contention Uganda, Kenya and Zimbabwe as the only sides from Africa at the tournament.

How did Uganda qualify?

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Uganda earned an automatic qualification to the World Cup after winning the Africa Rugby crown in Kampala. The victory also earned Uganda a ticket to the recently concluded Birmingham Commonwealth Games where the team left a great impression.

The Rugby Sevens would then travel to Chile for the World Challenger qualifiers for a place in the lucrative HSBC series- but ended controversially in a disappointment dogged by poor officiation.

With a wealth of experience and high and lows having played against several top sides including a draw with world champions New Zealand in Birmingham, the Uganda 7s bring that to test at the World Cup.

What team Uganda coach says

Speaking about the experience in South Africa, Uganda Rugby 7s coach Tolbert Onyango says his side is ready for the challenge.

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“We got to Cape Town Tuesday at around noon. Cape Town has been lovely so far. It’s now game time. Tomorrow 10 o’clock, we shall be facing Samoa. Ready or not, here we come! We have put in enough work. Normally, the first game on day one, is the toughest and we look forward to giving our best shot”, he said.

What the captain says

Captain Wokorach Michael says the players should capitalise on the great experience they have build in recent games.

“We have played a lot of games which have helped us work on our mistakes”.

Grand prize

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The winner takes home $320,000 (about Shs1.2bn) for winning the ultimate trophy.

Team Uganda squad

Michael Wokorach (captain), Ian Munyani (vice-captain), Desire Ayera, Aaron Ofoywroth, Adrian Kasito, Timothy Kisiga, Philip Wokorach, Alex Aturinda, Ivan Otema, Karim Arinaitwe, Nobert Okeny, William Nkore.

Worth noting Philip Wokorach, captain Michael Wokorach, Adrian Kasito, Timothy Kisiga and Desire Ayega are making a return to the World Cup after playing in the 2018 finals in San Francisco.

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How to watch

The games will be live on SuperSport.

Fixtures

Pre-round of 16 Friday 9, September 2022

Ireland vs Portugal 9.45am

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Canada vs Zimbabwe 10.07am

Samoa vs Uganda 10.29am

Scotland vs Jamaica 10.51am

Kenya vs Tonga 11.23am

Wales vs Korea 11.45am

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Hong Kong vs Uruguay 12.07pm

Germany vs Chile 12.29pm

Round of 16

England vs Winner M1 3.39pm

France vs Winner M2 4.02pm

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USA vs Winner M3 4.39pm

New Zealand vs Winner M4 5.01pm

Argentina vs Winner M5 5.23pm

Australia vs Winner M7 5.45pm

Fiji vs Winner M67.05pm

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South Africa vs Winner M8 8.03pm

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