KAMPALA. The Rugby Cranes have a relatively shorter year compared to the last three where they have played an average of six to seven games. With no Gold Cup this year, it calls for more games to keep the national side active.
The Cranes have already played the French Pacific Army earlier in March, managing a 34-13 win at Kyadondo. Nairobi based, United States International University-Africa (USIU), is also in town to give a Cranes select side some work today at Kings Park Stadium, Bweyogerere.

In a year which coach Robert Seguya wants to give the side a face lift, there will be a lot to take note of today especially with the Elgon Cup first leg a fortnight away. The French Army tie gave a glimpse of how future Cranes side will line up. “Everything is different,” Seguya paints a picture of things look like in camp under his tenure. “there`s new faces on the team to build base and it’s a blessing we are trying out new faces and structures,” Seguya told SCORE.
USIU were on the brink of earning Kenya Cup promotion but Western Bulls beat them to shatter their dreams. The university side were also in Uganda last year and played a friendly game against Entebbe based Plascon Mongers.

Before attention turns to the Cranes, a top of the table clash between Black Pearls and Thunderbirds. The two met two weeks ago at Kyadondo in an emotionally charged game which Thunderbirds took 27-25 at Kyadondo to keep atop of the five team league.  Black Pearls coach Helen Buteme is missing key players but remains confident of getting a good result. “Though we’re not full strength, we’ll still play dazzling rugby, “ She told SCORE. Black Pearls are reigning National Sevens Series champion.

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