Despite the pressure behind assembling a competitive team, organising a world standard event other challenges, Uganda Rugby union is ready to host the continental 7s tournament due March 11-13 at Kyadondo Kampala.
Godwin Kayangwe URU president confirmed the development during the launch of the Rugby Africa 2022 Competitions calendar at Speke Resort Hotel Munyonyo on Wednesday, March 3, 2022.
“Preparations have been going on and we are confident by April we shall be set for the tournament,” Kayangwe said.
Supported by Nile breweries to a tune of sh200m, Kayangwe promised better organisation than that of the Rugby Africa Cup Group stage qualifiers in the15s version of the sport held last year at the same venue.
Barthes U20 Trophy on
Meanwhile, in the same month of April, the 2022 Barthes U20 Trophy will be held in Nairobi Kenya from April 9-17.
Speaking at the launch in Kampala, Kenya Rugby union chief Oduor Gangla said, “This year, we have eight teams coming for the event Madagascar, Senegal, Tunisia, Zimbabwe, Ivory Coast, Namibia, Zambia and Kenya.”
“This is a major step forward for U20 rugby in Africa and as the Kenya Rugby Union, we are honored and humbled to have the opportunity to host this event,” he added.
He lauded the efforts of the Kenya government through the Ministry of Sport, Culture, and Heritage led by Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohammed and the Local Organizing Committee for their hard work towards delivering the event.
The Barthés U20 Trophy is the Rugby Africa U20 championship. Teams compete on an annual basis and the winners of the competition earn the right to represent the African continent at the World Rugby Junior Trophy.
Kenya is the current champion, having first won it in 2019 with a 21-18 win over Namibia at the KCB Sports Club in Ruaraka, Nairobi before defeating Madagascar 21-20 in the last year’s title decider at the Nyayo National Stadium in Nairobi.