Name : Rujumba Isaac
Position : Flanker / centre
Weight : 95kgs
Height : 6″2
Club : Stanbic Black Pirates
Leadership roles : In charge of development and schools engagement
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.
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.”
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”
“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”
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”