Uganda Rugby Cranes Prepare for Rugby Africa Cup with Blue Bulls Boot Camp

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Uganda Rugby Cranes train intensively in Pretoria.
Partnership with Blue Bulls enhances skill development.
Three crucial trial matches in South Africa.
Team unity and preparation for Rugby Africa Cup.

In an ambitious move aimed at sharpening their edge for the upcoming 2024 Rugby Africa Cup, the Uganda Rugby Cranes XVs team embarks on a transformative journey to Pretoria, South Africa. Partnering with the prestigious Blue Bulls through an invitation facilitated by Harlequins Rugby Club, the Uganda Rugby Union (URU) sets its sights on harnessing South Africa’s rugby prowess.

The Strategic Alliance: URU and Blue Bulls

The collaboration between URU and Blue Bulls marks a significant milestone, underpinned by a Memorandum of Understanding. This partnership not only highlights the growing international recognition of Ugandan rugby but also underscores a commitment to nurturing talent across borders. South Africa’s reputation as a breeding ground for world-class rugby talent presents a ripe opportunity for Uganda to elevate its game.

Intensive Training Regimen

The boot camp in Pretoria promises an intensive training regimen designed to push the Uganda Rugby Cranes to their limits. Led by a formidable coaching staff including Head Coach Alex Mudoola and his assistants, Leonard Lubambula and Alex Mubiru, the team will undergo rigorous sessions focusing on both technical skill refinement and strategic gameplay.

Trial Matches: Testing Grounds for Excellence

Central to the boot camp are three pivotal trial matches scheduled across strategic South African venues:

  • June 29, 2024: vs Limpopo Country Districts XV in Modimolle (Nylstroom H/s)
  • July 2, 2024: vs Supa Barbarians in Johannesburg (Pirates Rugby Club)
  • July 5, 2024: vs Loftus 200 in Pretoria (Harlequin Rugby Club)

These encounters will serve as litmus tests, providing invaluable opportunities for the Uganda Rugby Cranes to fine-tune their strategies and solidify team dynamics ahead of the Rugby Africa Cup. Each match represents more than just a game; it is a stepping stone towards competitive readiness and cohesion.

The Travelling Contingent: Unity in Diversity

Accompanying the Uganda Rugby Cranes on this transformative journey are key players and support staff. From seasoned veterans like Daniel Gazimba and Joseph Aredo to emerging talents such as Jacob Ochen and Arnold Ocen, the squad embodies a blend of experience and youthful vigor. Supported by dedicated coaches, physiotherapists, doctors, and strength and conditioning experts, the team is poised for holistic development both on and off the field.


  • Ayebazibwe Blair
  • Michael Otto
  • Saul Kivumbi
  • Eber Aturinde
  • Edward Ememu
  • Nathan Bwambale
  • Jude Juuko
  • Julius Opio
  • Robert Aziku
  • Charles Uhuru
  • Brian Wandera
  • Frank Kidega
  • Moses Zziwa
  • Mark Omoding
  • Ivan Odoch
  • Nicholas Kato
  • Wilfred Kalungi
  • Ivan Magomu
  • Daniel Gazimba
  • Joseph Aredo
  • Achai Manano
  • Jones Ndoboli Kamiza
  • Thomas Gwokto
  • Haruna Muhammad
  • Shakim Ssembusi
  • Joseph Oyet
  • Robin Philip Odrua
  • Jacob Ochen
  • Arnold Ocen

Coaches and Support Staff:

  • Charles Ikopit (Manager)
  • Alex Mudoola (Head Coach)
  • Leonard Lubambula (Assistant Coach)
  • Noah Kayongo (Physiotherapist)
  • Alex Oboth (Doctor)
  • Timothy Mudoola (Strength and Conditioning Coach)
  • Alex Mubiru (Forwards Coach)

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