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Name : Nkore William
Weight : 78.6KGS
Height : 5’10
Club : Stanbic Black Pirates
Leadership roles : Occasionally taking up the role of assistant captain at Pirates.
National engagements : World challenger sevens series 2020 in South America, Safari 7s at both academy and senior team levels.

Early life

William was born and raised in a family of 4 where he is the last born. Growing up, he spent most of his junior life in Masaka where he excelled greatly and ended up in St Mary’s college Kisubi. While in Masaka, his father ensured that sport was part of his life starting off with table tennis. He quickly caught onto the love for sport, later joining the school cricket team during primary that gave him the opportunity to win several accolades.

Rugby Journey

Having excelled both at sports and academics in Masaka, he joined SMACK. It was at St. Mary’s college Kisubi in 2013 where he got into rugby. Being an enthusiastic sports person, he had played all games in the school except hockey. It took old boy and current team mate at Pirates who was at the same school to nudge him in the direction of the gentleman’s sport.

“Kisiga used to spice up his stories which enticed me to give the game a try. And I really loved how Phillip used to tear us apart in the 7s. With so much ease.” – Nkore shares as he alludes to Phillip Wokorach and the Hana team that dominated the game for a while, breaking the “traditional school” dominance on the sport.

William in action against rivals; Hima cement Heathens

He credits his big brother, Zimbe, as well for having a huge influence on him taking up the sport whenever they were at home.

Life outside rugby

“I am a law student in my final year. I graduate in July if the corona virus is gone by then.”

Favorite rugby moments

“Playing at the world challenger series – It changed everything about rugby for me. But meeting Ambaka and Injera at the Christie 7s in 2019 was also a moment for me”

Nkore in action at the Safari sevens

Worst rugby moments

“It will always be the session in 2018 for the Hongkong circuit when I was knocked down and never got up. It mentally shook me for some time. I lost some teeth in the process and I am told I lay lifeless and convulsed later at some point.”

“It haunts me a lot. My entire family and myself felt it right to just leave the sport and be a fan for some good time.”

Role model : Marvin Odongo

Favorite rugby players

Locally based : Timothy kisiga , Micheal Okorach

International : Phillip Wokorach , Collins Injera

Michael Okorach and Phillip Wokorach

Future rugby aspirations

“I hope to play more in the 7s side and one day in the 15s team. But 7s for now is the focus. Outside Uganda as well if God wills it.”

Message to upcoming players

“It does not matter how many times you fail but as long as each time you fail, you learn something from it. Then success is not far from your reach .”

Teammates – club and country : Desire Ayera, William Nkore and Isaac Massa

Message to fans

“You’re the heart of everything. The sport depends on your love for the game.”


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