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Eastern Rugby 7s Resumes in Jinja

The tournament, which had been since suspended for the past 18 months following the covid19 pandemic outbreak in 2020 resumed on Saturday and attracted 21 rugby football clubs from majorly Mbale, Jinja and Soroti.
Some of the U-13 players featuring in this year's tournament.

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The Eastern Rugby 7s tournament has resumed at the Abel Dhaira stadium in Jinja City.

 The tournament, which had been since suspended for the past 18 months following the covid19 pandemic outbreak in 2020 resumed on Saturday and attracted 21 rugby football clubs from majorly Mbale, Jinja and Soroti.

This year's participating clubs comprised of six girls’ rugby clubs, 11 boys’ rugby clubs and four senior men’s clubs. The participating clubs ranged from different age groups namely, U-13, U-15, U-18 and the senior men’s category. 

Tinah Auma, a female rugby football player says that such tournaments help to keep players actively engaged in the game ahead of the official league reopening.

“Covid-19 has created a great challenge to the rugby fraternity whereby, most upcountry clubs have become so inactive and some disgruntled players have resolved to abandon the game, over uncertainties on when the league tables will normalize,” she says. 

The tournament director, Leonard Lumbambula says that the tournament is aimed at highlighting different players’ skills and readiness to participate in their respective league categories before the official flagging off of the new seasons. 

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William Mwijukye, the public relations officer at Hippos Rugby football club says that such tournaments foster talent promotion and also create room for the development of rugby as a desirable sport throughout the country.

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