Lady Rugby Cranes Set Sights On CAR 7s Glory

Uganda’s national women rugby 7s team leaves for Nairobi, Kenya this Sunday 6th April with their vision on clinching the one-day 2014 edition of the Confederation of Africa (CAR) 7s that kick offs in Machakos on April 12.

Lady Cranes skipper Buteme (R) beats a Tunisian opponent before scoring a try for Uganda in the 2009 World Cup qualifiers at Kyadondo. PHOTO BY EDDIE CHICCO
Lady Cranes skipper Buteme (R) beats a Tunisian opponent before scoring a try for Uganda in the 2009 World Cup qualifiers at Kyadondo. PHOTO BY EDDIE CHICCO

Former Uganda international turned coach Anthony Kinene is will leave no stone unturned after missing the continental title twice.

“The team is ready for the challenge and will not settle for less,” Kinene tells Red Pepper.

“Most girls on the team have had enough international exposure and have the willpower to do well.

The Lady Cranes qualified for the 2009 Rugby World Cup (RWC) but missed out on a rendition last year after failing to qualify.

South Africa and Tunisia, who Uganda beat to the second slot back in 2009, represented the continent. Uganda and Tunisia will renew acquaintances in Machakos next week, a third meeting in a 7s tournament in six years.

The other opponents the Lady Cranes will face in pool B, include Zimbabwe and Namibia. Pool A comprises South Africa, Kenya, Senegal and Madagascar.

The team: Helen Buteme (captain), Brenda Violet Kayiyi (vice captain), Asher Nakityo Nabulime, Claire Anena, Emmanuelle Oroma, Helen Barbara Gizamba, Hilda Nyiraguhirwa, Joan Mukoya, Mary Kyoita Odoi, Regina Athieno, Rosenberg Dinah Kanyunyuzi,

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