TWELVE rugby players left yesterday for the Confederation of Africa Rugby (CAR) Tangier 7s due May 11-12 in Morocco. The event forms the northern leg of the two CAR 7s circuits.
The other event is the Kenya Safari 7s under the Southern circuit and whose action is set for June 8-10 in Nairobi.
Teams expected to take part in the Tangier 7s are Morocco, Tunisia, Senegal, Ivory Coast, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Kenya and South Africa.
The Rugby Cranes team comprises the captain Timothy Mudoola and league MVP Edmond Tumusiime.
But several injuries have denied coach Tolbert Onyango the luxury of senior players including John Musoke, Joel Anguyo and Brian Tabaruka.
Onyango is also without professional winger Tony Nyangweso who plays for Cartha Queens Park club in Scotland.
Nyangweso, enjoying good form in the Scottish premiership, last represented the country at the the 2001 Safari 7s.
But Onyango said that despite the unavailability of his key men, he has the option of tinkering with several young and upcoming players at his disposal.
The coach is looking at developing the youngsters into a formidable outfit.
Onyango said he needs the youngsters the world cup qualifiers next year.
Team: Timothy Mudoola (Capt), Felix Lubega, Moses Soita, Brian Kikawa, Edmond Tumusiime, Simon Wakabi, Richard Lumu, Paul Kabazi, Edgar Lemerigar, Richard Kaliisa, Timothy Dumba, Richard Jemba.
Officials: Benjamin Tempa (Physiotherapist), Tolbert Onyango (coach/manager).
National 7s team to compete in Morocco