KAMPALA, (Xinhua) --
The Uganda Rugby team will face the French Army
rugby side on March 2 at the Kyadondo Rugby ground, Kampala.
Ramzy Olinga, the
Chief Executive Officer of the Uganda Rugby Union (URU) told
Xinhua on Monday morning that the game will help the national 7s
team prepare before they head to Hong Kong for a series of
qualifiers and later the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast,
“This is a good
opportunity because the French Army have a strong rugby team and
this match will be played to celebrate the French week,” added
Olinga. Besides the build-up, the union will also have a 7s
tournament the same day to attract about 10 teams.
Alfred Onek, the
French Embassy Public Relations Officer confirmed to Xinhua that
a team of the French Army will fly from France to come and play
the Ugandan team.
“Last year the
French Army football team played the Uganda Cranes and this year
focus is on rugby,” added Onek.
Uganda Rugby Cranes
coach Tolbert Onyango told Xinhua that playing the French Army
team will be a big boost to test his team before they head to
Hong Kong and later the Commonwealth Games.
“It is always
important to have the players play as many international games
as possible because it helps them prepare better,” added Onyango.
For the Commonwealth
Games, Uganda who are the Africa Rugby 7s champions, are grouped
alongside giants Fiji, Wales and Sri Lanka in Pool D. Uganda
gained direct qualification for the Commonwealth Games after
winning the 2017 Africa 7s Championship.