By Thomas Odongo
Uganda Rugby Sevens National team - Rugby Cranes Sevens will vie to live up to their 'American Dream' during the 2018 Rugby Sevens World Cup slated for Friday July 20th - Sunday 22nd in San Francisco, USA.
Team Uganda earned a slot for the San Francisco showpiece after retaining the Africa Rugby 7s title last year at Legends Rugby Grounds.
The team will seek to make a statement at their maiden do at a World Cup stage and Team Coach Tolbert Onyango earlier on stated that his side has no worries over their first day in class.
''I know the boys might be nervous but most of them are used to such events. We will play our way and we shall surely perform,'' Onyango noted.
Onyango also hinted that winning their first match against Samoa is vital for the team in order to regain fertile soils for other games.
‘’We have no option but to win against Samoa in order to stay in the tournament,'' Onyango added.
In this tournament, every match counts and on Friday, Uganda who are ranked 20th must beat Samoa in order to play England who are already seeded at the Challenge and should they win their fixture in the Challenge, they then advance to the Championship that is played by top seeds vying for the prestigious Melrose Cup.
In case Uganda loses against Samoa, then it will be ‘see you later’ because there is no room for error here no matter where you sit at the international ranking.
The tournament is a sudden-death shootout for every team, differing from the usual World Series structure that includes pool stages before a knockout finals day.
The 2018 World Cup 7s will be the 7th edition of the tournament and 40 teams (both men and women) will grace this year's games at AT&T Park Baseball Stadium.
14 Ladies teams will also participate and will curtain raise the event.
Rugby Cranes Team
Desire Ayera, Timothy Kisiga, Aaron Ofoyrwoth, Pius Ogena, Byron Oketayot, Adrian Kasito, Solomon Okia, James Odong, MIchael Okorach, Justin Kimono, Philip Wokorach and Ivan Magomu.
Coach: Tolbert Onyango
Team Manager: Michael Wandera
Physiotherapist: Noah Kayongo