Rugby in Eastern Uganda is one of the many events suffering from the suspension of activity due to CoronaVirus.
Uganda Rugby Union took the mandate to suspend all rugby in the country following the government’s directive. The world at length is believed to be winding down the scourge. Different states are cutting back on restriction and the assumption is active sport will be back soon.
Eastern Uganda Rugby Union is one of the regional decentralized bodies to help the Uganda Rugby Union realize the goal of at least 100,000 Ugandans actively involved in Rugby.
URU split into 4 regional bodies to help run the game i.e Western, Eastern, Northern, and Central. Different unions are faced with different problems and President Kalimba believes will be a huge force to reckon with.
“Like elsewhere in the world, the rugby calendar has been suspended, and trust me the league here was at a peak moment,” says Leonard Lubambula.
Leonard is the coach of Walukuba Barbarians and also serves as the secretary of the Eastern Uganda Rugby Union.
“As the East, we have kept clear communication with our stakeholders regarding guidelines put in place by the government and union as well. The teams are trying their best to keep in touch with their players’ and fitness as we look forward to bouncing back to normal business.”
In 2018, the Eastern Region boasted of two sides in the Premiership. Walukuba Barbarians and Jinja Hippos were the two sides. The former has since been relegated, as the Hippos stayed afloat
Before the suspension of rugby, the Eastern Regional League was ideally the most competitive second-tier completion. Mbale Elephants were table leaders heading into the second round with a total of 7 clubs. Walukuba Barbarians, Mbale Elephants, Soroti Rangers, Elgon Wolves, Kiira Crocs, Busitema University, and Nakaloke Bulls that pulled out of the league.
Due to various issues, it is becoming increasingly hard to keep up with all involved personalities and the administrators hope normalcy can resume. URU, alongside Nile Stout, made some relief food distribution to various clubs to promote the spirit of oneness.
It is still unclear as to when rugby will resume as Uganda is in the third installment of lockdown. World Rugby left the door open for unions and governments to reinstate the game, and World Rugby Medical Boss, Eanna Falvey, has already predicted that competitive rugby should be returning this year.