Women ruggers ready for 2013 World Cup qualifiers in Botswana

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Uganda's 7s women rugby team leave on Friday aboard Kenya Airways for Botswana for the 2013 World Cup qualifiers. The qualifiers will attrcat eight teams including giants South Africa.

Uganda’s 7s rugby team, Lady Cranes have vowed to play their hearts out in the Confederation of African Rugby (CAR) Women’s Southern and Eastern pre-World Cup 2013 qualifier due in Bostwana this weekend.
 
“We are going to qualify for the next round by all means. We are working so hard in training and expect to qualify from the group,” said team captain Charlotte Mudoola. Uganda is grouped alongside Madagascar, Kenya and hosts Botswana in Group A, while Group B has South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe and newcomers Rwanda.
 
Mudoola told URN on Tuesday  that the team has responded positively and after making it for another World Cup after taking part in the last one in Dubai in 2009. “After testing the World Cup, we are eager and working hard to get back there,” she stressed.
 
According to the International Rugby Board (IRB) and CAR, the best four teams from the qualifiers in the Southern and Eastern region will join the other four from the North and West for the final qualifying round in 2012. The 2013 Women’s World Cup will take place in Moscow, Russia.
 
Head coach Anthony Kinene told Xinhua News that they will leave on Friday ready for action on Saturday and Sunday. “It will be very important to win our first game so that it gives us a good stand before playing the next two group games,” said Kinene.
 
Although the Ugandan team has been struggling to get sponsors for the tournament, they eventually secured sponsorship from Uganda Communication Commission (UCC), AON, Toyota Uganda and other individual rugby supporters.
 
Team: Anthony Kinene (Coach), Becky Agweyo (Team manager), Joseh Kalanzi (Doctor)
Players: Charlotte Mudoola (Captain), Brenda Kayiyi (Assistant Captain), Winnie Atyang, Beatrice Otim, Josephine Namayega, Prossy Nakakande, Joan Andika Mukoya, Hellen Buteme, Harriet Kayonjo, Roseberg Kanyomozi, Asha Nakityo, Clare Amena.