We are better prepared now - Okorach

Solomon Saulo Okia has been included in the Uganda Rugby Cranes squad for the 2018 Rugby Africa Sevens. APO Group via Getty Images

The captain of Uganda Rugby Cranes, Micheal Okorach, believes the team is well prepared to defend the Rugby Africa Sevens Cup.

Coached by former Kenyan international Tolbert Onyango, the Cranes will be out to win their third consecutive sevens cup when the tournament takes place from 13-14 October in Jammel, Tunisia.

"We are better exposed now as a team. Playing at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games and the 2018 World Cup in San Francisco has helped us acquire more experience," Okorach told KweséESPN on Tuesday.

"The tournament this year is going to be very tricky because Kenya and Namibia are going to come all out to deny us another chance to win the trophy. But we have prepared well and the team is raring to go," added Okorach.

While Uganda have been placed with Senegal and Ghana in Group B, head coach Tolbert Onyango believes the Cranes have a chance to win an historic, third straight title.

"We are not going like mere tourists. The team is determined to retain the Africa Rugby Sevens Cup because the preparations have been very good," Onyango said. "Playing at the Commonwealth Games and the World Cup this year has taught my players some lessons and going forward this will help us," the coach added.

The competition will also double as pre-qualifiers for the 2020 Olympics.

Squad: Isaac Massanganzira, Solomon Saulo Okia, Byron Oketayot, Adrian Kasito, Aaron Ofoyrwoth, Philip Wokorach, Micheal Okorach (c), Timothy Kisiga, Pius Ogena, Ian Arnold Munyani, Muhammed Haruna, Justin Kimono.


Pool A: Kenya,Morocco, Botswana

Pool B: Uganda, Senegal, Ghana

Pool C: Zimbabwe, Tunisia, Mauritius

Pool D: Madagascar, Namibia, Zambia