Name: Orach Humphrey
Height: 5’9 ft
Weight: 70 kg
Current club: 9 Barrels Warriors RFC
Former club: Rimula Rhinos RFC
Leadership roles: Captain of the Lira Bulls in 2013, Captain of Uganda Christian University Rugby – 2017, Captain of Rhinos at the National 7’s in 2018, Captain of the 9 Barrels Warriors in 2020.
National engagements: Won gold and silver medals in the East African school games representing Uganda under Hana mixed school, gold medals at the East African university games and All Uganda University games in 2015.
Orach Humphrey began his education at Unifat primary school where he spent most of his early years before sitting his P.L.E at Hillside primary school. He then joined Namilyango college from S.1 to S.3 before moving on later in his form three to Hana Mixed school where he sat his O’level exams. His A’level was at St. Julian High school Gayaza, after that he joined Uganda Christian university studying Bsc. Accounting and Finance in 2015.
He shares with us about life at home with the family which he shared with his brothers (Allan, Choudry and Derrick). Living through the ups and downs of life as the norm goes always looking up to their Mum; Grace Ochan whom they consider as their MVP.
It had been a week or so since his arrival to Namilyango College in 2009 for senior one, he got to witness his first ever rugby match which he describes as being a great vibe from the action on the pitch to the passionate support of the crowd.
Despite Namilyango being banned from hosting school’s league games later in the season, he knew that he had to be a part of rugby. When he left for Hana mixed school in S.3, it was a chance for him to play more competitively. At Hana, Orach played alongside many of Uganda’s current crop of stars and says it was a big part in shaping his game.
His A’level was devoid of rugby action but as fate would have it, he came back to the game and featured for the Lira Bulls in the 2012-2013 NS rugby league which was a super eight at the time. After taking some time off again, he resumed at Uganda Christian University in 2015 from where he propelled to club rugby with the Shell Rimula Rhinos in 2018 and later the Warriors where he currently expresses himself with the egg shaped ball.
Life outside rugby
“I am a concept creator with a network of enthusiastic mates – Brand Icon Ug”
Favorite Rugby moment
“There are a couple but I’ll go with beating Kobs which had a lot of players we had heard tales about at Ngo” – Kobs vs Rhinos : 2017/18
Spoilt for choice, also mentions Rhinos 3-0 win against the Pirates in a season where Rhinos finished second.
Worst Rugby moment
“While playing for Rhinos, losing to Heathens at home in 2018 and it cost us the trophy. It was not a nice feeling.”
“My Mum (Grace Ochan), she does a lot of amazing stuff but raising us to a point of being recognised for what i do, she is such an inspiration.”
Favorite rugby players
Local : “My lil’ brother; Joseph Anyii. Watching him play is a challenge for me, i am happy he’s learning so fast”
International : Phillip Wokorach
“He lives up to his word, the most important lesson I have learnt from him. Back at Hana we joked” – “Ka bedo Kampala oloyi, idok ilum” translated as , if you fail in Kampala, you’ll go back to the bushes. Literally, there’s no excuse to not achieving.
Future Rugby Aspirations
“Winning titles with my club; Warriors and better things will come, precisely”
Message to upcoming players
“It is all in you, so you just got to be willing to work and learn.”
Message to the fans
“You give us a reason to make time in the week to train and work hard enough to earn that jersey, standing tall with our respective club logos. You give us a lot, thank you. Stay safe and keep alive by following the Ministry of Health guidelines so that we can get back to Rugby Saturdays.”