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Name : Rujumba Isaac

Position : Flanker / centre

Weight : 95kgs

Height : 6″2

Club : Stanbic Black Pirates

Leadership roles : In charge of development and schools engagement

Rugby journey

Isaac Rujumba first played rugby in S.1 at King’s College Budo, before moving to Turkish Light Academy where he introduced the game to the school in his senior six. His passion for the sport was evident and it was only a matter of time before taking on the challenge of club rugby.

“I joined Pirates fully in my S.6 although I had been training every once in a while during high school.” – Rujumba was introduced to Pirates by Kebba Edgar better known as DJ Ssesse.

Giving back

Rujumba never forgot where he came from; taking time off to develop new talent. He returned to Turkish Light in a coaching role along with Elvis Ngarama – the duo orchestrated the rise of Turkish Light Academy to the first division of the schools league.

“l later left because of internal counter productive measures against rugby. I also coached at Budo, London College, crown city and some other schools that i cant recall right now”

What he is up to at the moment

“Currently, i am coaching at St. Peters Naalya, who will be joining the first division next year.”

Outside rugby

When he isn’t playing or coaching rugby, Rujumba is into business. He runs a catering business called The Serving point which many have seen at various rugby events especially Kings Park Bweyogerere.


Worst rugby moment

He recalls a time when he spent 2 years away from the game due to injury. With surgery and medical advice to put a hold on contact sport which was quite a tough time for him.

Best rugby moment

“Every time i step on pitch”

Isaac Rujumba : the flanker / centre popular for his hard running – courtesy photo

Role Model

“My role model in life is the person i want to be in a couple of years time.”

Favorite rugby players

Modest with his response, Isaac shares “the people next to me everytime i step on pitch. They are gold.”

Future rugby aspirations

Going with the flow – “I don’t think i have many. I play what’s ahead of me and appreciate everything that comes my way.”

Message to upcoming players

“They should know that fire strengthens iron and heat purifies gold. If they expect an easy path, they won’t make it far. Don’t give up just yet – one more metre could be all it takes”

Watch Isaac Rujumba in action for the Stanbic Black Pirates

Message to the fans

“Thank you so much to the fans that shout every time we are on that pitch. Those whose beers are bitter after every loss, we feel your pain too and we’ll talk to Nile Special about their brewing technique”

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