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Onen announces 12 player squad for World Challenger series


The Lady Cranes head coach Charles Onen has announced a 12 player Squad that will represent Uganda at this year’s Challenger Series in Dubai from 12th-14th January.

The Lady Cranes head to Dubai with heads high as the recent Safari Sevens champions after defeating Kenya’s Lionesses in November last year.

During the squad unveiling at Kyadondo Rugby grounds today, Onen was confident his team has all it takes.

“There is a big task ahead of us and the players are aware but we are ready, I believe we shall do the job.”

The team will be captained by Peace Lekuru who’ll be assisted by Angnes Nakuya. Grace Auma commonly known as ‘Rolls Royce’ has not recovered in time from an uncle injury but Onen says she is progressing well.

Another Speed mecharnt Emily Lekuru comes in to replace her. Ritta Nadunga, Yvonne Najuma, Mary Gloria Ayot, Racheal Mufuwa, Maimuna Nassozi, Sarah Kirabo, Lydia Namabiro, Grace Nabagala and Lona Sandra Amoli make up the rest of the team.

Uganda is in group A alongside Belgium, Thailand and Papua New Guinea.

Lady Cranes Fixtures

12th January 2024:
12:30- Belgium vs Uganda
4:42pm- Thailand vs Uganda

13th January 2024:
11:43am -PNG vs UG
All games will be played at The Sevens Stadium, Dubai.

About the World Challenger Series 

The World Rugby Sevens Challenger Series is an annual series of international rugby sevens tournaments run by World Rugby that includes men’s and women’s events.

Sponsored by banking group HSBC, it is the second tier of competition below the World Rugby Sevens Series.

This time round, the World Rugby HSBC Sevens Challenger 2024 have been announced with three rounds taking place over three continents.(Dubai, UAE), (Montevideo, Uruguay) and (Germany & Poland)

It will take place between January and May with the top four teams set to qualify for the high-stakes promotion and relegation competition at the Grand Final in Madrid with a chance to qualify for HSBC SVNS 2025

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