Views from Fiona: Uganda Rugby

Views from Fiona: Uganda Rugby


Fiona becomes a new fan of Ugandan rugby.

By Fiona Abaasa
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First published: September 18, 2005


The game to watch these days ladies and gentlemen is rugby. It is hot, sizzling and captivating and this was the cause for me to go down to Kyadondo Rugby Club to watch Uganda Rugby Cranes against mighty Zimbabwe Sables in a do or die encounter for Uganda. I was relying on only my patriotism. After all, we were the underdogs and the Zim Sables, a powerhouse to reckon with. Not after thumping us 22-16 some weeks ago.


However, I am pledging myself totally to this game for other motives not close to the game itself, but rather to its players that have captivate my attention and my sistersí alike. Oh! The guysí muscles, the cheerleaders, the great nyama choma, the booze from UBL, some serious music; garage, techno, rave. You name it! The few girls I saw there, and I, were busy drooling on those butt-tight shorts, leaving nothing to imagination. Man! The rippling of muscles had us all entranced [I mean the girls].

I am real a newcomer to this game and I am learning a thing or two about this game, ultimately shifting allegiance from football to rugby. The former has everyone professing to know the game better than some managers. Apart from the true fans, a few of us donít really care what scrums or forward play means. Nor do we know about our teamsí kicking problem. I hear 3 points are awarded for a try taken in open play, or 2 points from a conversion. All in all, I am learning the game while feasting my eyes on the glistening able bodied men.



Rugby, or rugger as we call it back home, is taking precedence alongside cricket and steadily edging out football. It is picking up a fan base because ideally, it is so well organized and managed that rarely do you hear about the scandals that have plagued football in Uganda. The fans go out to watch their favorite game without necessarily trying to pretend to know the game better than the coach, but to show their support. This, I believe, boosts the playersí confidence and can take the game to a higher level.

With rugby, the ambience is good, the cheerleading, the muchomo. Great! The beer is fantastic- swinging one while watching rugby. I donít care if we are world beer guzzlers! On the next game I will definitely be there to watch rugger Cranes separate the men from the boys!

By Fiona Abaasa
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First published: September 18, 2005
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