No margin for error as Uganda Sevens play Samoa in their opener| Rugby World Cup Sevens 2022

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By Morris Rawal

Uganda will face Samoa in their opening match in the Rugby World Cup Sevens 2022, The tournament is held from September 9–11 at Cape Town Stadium.

The African champions, Uganda Sevens are making their second appearance on the world stage.

They hope to improve upon their 18th-place performance in the last (2018) competition held in San Francisco, USA.

Coach Tolbert Onyango of Uganda Sevens says his team is ready for the task.

“Cape Town has been lovely so far. It’s now game time. Ready or not, here we come! We have put in enough work,” Onyango told the media

On day one, the qualification phase for the 24-team men’s competition begins with teams seeded from nine to 24. 

While the losers will compete in the Bowl competition, which determines positions 17 to 24, the qualification round winners will advance to the round of 16 where they will face the top eight-seeded teams.

Uganda Sevens will play the United States in the round of 16 if they defeat Samoa.

Nineteenth seeds Ireland, who has been dominant in the World Series this year, will face Portugal in the qualification round.

 Portugal defeated core Series team Spain in the European qualifier to secure their spot in Cape Town.

In the qualification phase, where survival is at stake, Germany and Chile, who have both excelled as invitational teams in the World Series, will meet off.

South Africa, the tournament’s hosts, was seeded first in the men’s competition after a historic 36-match winning streak that saw them win six consecutive World Series rounds from 2021 to 2022. 

However, they will have tough competition since Fiji, a two-time Olympic champion, and Australia, are seeded second and third, respectively. 

The defending men’s champions from New Zealand are seeded sixth going into the competition.

Uganda’s 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.

Fixtures

Pre-round of 16 Friday 9, September 2022

Ireland vs Portugal 9.45am

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

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

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

South Africa vs Winner M8 8.03pm.

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