Rugby Sevens: Wokorach, Okeny return to sow resilience

Rugby Sevens: Wokorach, Okeny return to sow resilience
Nobert Okeny and Philip Wokorach are back to add grit and guile to the rugby sevens

KAMPALA | Philip Wokorach is back. Nobert Okeny is back. And there is no 'also' in this double bliss; there is only depth and experience to the Uganda Rugby Sevens repertoire.

Wokorach, who plies his trade for French side AS Bédarrides Châteauneuf-du-Pape, is poised to showcase his skills on the international stage once again after nearly six months away from the national team.

Fullback Wokorach's last appearance for the rugby 7s was in September 2023 at the Rugby Men’s Africa Cup in Harare, Zimbabwe, where Uganda secured a commendable third place.

Head Coach Tolbert Onyango says the two players bring invaluable experience as they add grit and guile into the team.

"Philip, undoubtedly the most seasoned among them, has been a part of our journey for quite some time," he said.

"We'll rely on his expertise to lead the team and inject the necessary energy as we strive for the finals, which is our ultimate goal."

Wokorach's presence on the field is formidable, with his pace and physicality posing a challenge to opponents.

Philip Wokorach (centre) and Adrian Kasito (right) celebrate with fans.,

Speaking about his return, Wokorach emphasises his commitment to giving his best for the team's success.

“Consistently striving to give my best and contribute to the team's success is just second nature to me," he said.

"Whether it's on the field or off, I'm dedicated to doing whatever it takes to help positively. That's my commitment, and I'm determined to uphold it every step of the way.”

Okeny rejoins the squad after missing the Dubai series due to an injury scare.

Coach Onyango expressed confidence in his recovery and his potential to make a significant impact on the team.

"Norbert's absence in the previous matches was due to an injury, and at that time, he had just initiated his recovery process," Onyango said.

"After thorough rehabilitation, we're confident in his readiness to represent Uganda [again]. His inclusion in the squad is well-deserved, and we look to him to provide the pace and vision in midfield that can propel us to the finals."

With the final traveling squad announced, the national rugby sevens team prepares to embark on a journey of excellence.

Their upcoming challenges include the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Challenger series in Montevideo, Uruguay, from March 8-10, followed by the All African Games in Ghana.

As the rugby 7s gear up for these competitions, Wokorach, Okeny, and their teammates stand united in their pursuit of victory, ready to showcase the true spirit of Ugandan rugby resilience, passion, and unwavering determination.

The team is completed by Ian Munyani, Alex Aturinda, Desire Ayera, Pius Ogena, Isaac Massanganzira, Adrian Kasito, Aaron Ofoyrwoth, Timothy Kisiga, Denis Etwau, and Timothy Mugisha.

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