By Johnson Were
May 3-31, 2014: Bamburi Super Series
June 21-28, 2014: Elgon Cup/Tri Nations
June CAR 1A and 1B.
October: East Africa Club Super Cup.
November, 2013-Febuary, 2014: Premiership and championship League and Regional competitions.
Febuary-March, 2014: National Super series.
May3-31, 2014: U-20 Junior cup
October-November, 2014: University League
August and December: Resting period.
January: Club 7s
NATIONAL rugby team coach Peter Magona believes the revised 2013/2014 rugby calendar released by the Uganda Rugby Union (URU) on Monday will revive the flagging fortunes of Ugandan rugby.
Magona feels the new calendar is not only competitive enough but will help Uganda prepare better teams for international events.
“I think Uganda needed to do this a long time ago. It will help us align both the 15s and 7s rugby calendar thus giving us equal national team preparation time with countries such as Kenya that adopted the calendar way back,” Magona stated in an exclusive interview with New Vision.
Since 2007, when Uganda won the CAR Cup after beating Madagascar 42-21 in the final, Ugandan rugby has been in steady decline.
Among the reasons cited was a lack of a well-planned calendar and programme that suits international competitions.
The programes in the calendar were not sufficient enough to nurture talent. The national teams have also previously had very little time to prepare.
In the new calendar, the league and club 7s tournaments will end earlier. There will also be enough competitions to help coaches’ spot players for various events.
The national 7s tournament has been shifted to January to provide sufficient time to prepare the national team for international 7s.
Magona however cautioned that: “We will have to suffer first because the players and clubs need to get familiar with the new system.”