Rugby Union keen on completing season

Uganda Rugby Union will do whatever it takes to see the suspended rugby season come to an end.

Union president Godwin Kayangwe stressed this at a press conference where players, clubs and facilities received personal protective equipment to combat COVID-19.

"With the expectation of resumption of sports, we really believe that if we get a go-ahead, we can finish the league. That is what we want to do," Kayangwe told the press.

The technical department, according to the president, has been in several meetings and discussed all the possible options.

He also hinted on handing Heathens the trophy should the league fail to resume, something that has attracted debate.

In his submission, the 70% rule seemed to only apply in determining the league winner and not the rest of the positions on the table.


"If, let’s say, there is no sports this year, we will not be able to finish the league but the league can be awarded. From the consultations we’ve done, the league can be awarded because it is already more than 70% played," he said before adding.

"The technical department is evaluating how this decision, and others like relegation, are going to be taken within the framework of the league tournament manual and provisions from World Rugby Regulations."

With sports yet to get a green light from government and the Ministry of Health, some stakeholders believe it will be very tough for players to regroup and play this year.

And yet, for the Rugby Union, there is a strong belief that the remaining five games for each team can be played in just two weeks.

"After six months of zero sporting activity, you always have to go through the pre-season which requires 8-12 Weeks to start competitions," Betway Kobs coach Davis Kiwalabye revealed when asked.

Kiwalabye also believes that with the current mental and physical state of the players, it would be risky to play back to back games after months of no action.

"That would be risky. The game is demanding and requires both physical and mental strength. And given the amateur nature of our sport, it is hard to commit a player for three consecutive days of rugby.

"Should the union wish to complete the league, it has to forego the 7s and dedicate time to the league and pick up with the Uganda Cup,"

Before the COVID-19 sent the world into lockdown, Kobs had collected 58 points and were second on the 10-team log.

They are five points behind table leaders Heathens.

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Published: 09/18/2020