The Nile Special Rugby Championship is set to kick off its 2024 season with defending champions Pirates visiting 16 time record champions Heathens on 3rd February at Kyadondo Rugby Grounds but the league has been given a new look.
The number of teams in the men’s league grows from 10 to 12. Rams RFC, narrowly avoiding relegation, remains in the top division, joined by Kitante Eagles RFC and Warriors RFC.
The league will feature a single-game format, with teams facing each other only ounce, either home or away.
As the regular season concludes, the top eight teams will battle it out in the knockout stages, these quarter-finals will be played on a round robin home and away basis, 4 teams with the most points proceed to the semis and winners of the two home and away ties compete for title glory in a single grand finale.
On the flip side, the bottom four teams head into relegation playoffs in a home and away showdown that ends in relegation of the two losers from both ties.
The women’s league expands from four to seven teams. Panthers RFC, Mbale She Wolves RFC and Nile Rapids RFC join the party as new entrants.