As the highly anticipated Nile Special 7s series 2023 commences, fans and players alike are gearing up for a thrilling journey filled with tears, jubilations, and unexpected twists. From the Stone City 7s in Jinja to destinations like Kampala, Tororo, Kitgum, and Fort Portal, the nation’s finest rugby teams will compete for the coveted National Rugby Sevens glory. The sevens calendar is not just about fierce competition but also a celebration of the sport, where fans bring flair, spread joy, and immerse themselves in the festive rugby atmosphere.
The Jinja Hippos, reigning champions of the National Rugby Sevens, are eager to prove their mettle once again. After securing their first-ever national crown by outplaying their counterparts in the Buffaloes Sevens semi-finals, the Hippos silenced doubters who questioned their ability to compete at the top. The upcoming season will test their resolve as they aim to defend their title against formidable opponents.
The KOBs, with an impressive track record of five out of the last seven Sevens editions, are undoubtedly the team to beat. However, the Pirates and Hippos have previously emerged as anomalies, adding intrigue to the competition. While the KOBs seek redemption after a disappointing 2022, the Pirates are determined to replicate their previous success and challenge the Hippos for the crown. These teams possess exceptional talent and will make for exciting matchups throughout the season.
The Heathens, with their illustrious history, boast the most titles in the Sevens, having secured 11 championship wins. Despite their recent struggles and a title drought since 2013, the team is eager to reclaim their former glory. The Heathens’ opponents hope that Coach Tolbert will call upon their experienced players, to reignite their sevens campaign and showcase their trademark resilience.
The Pirates, having previously clinched both the premiership and the Sevens crown, are determined to replicate their success. With their ability to perform exceptionally well on their day, the Pirates possess the skill and tenacity to challenge the reigning champions. Under the guidance of Coach Marvin, players like Magomu and Massa will be instrumental in the team’s pursuit of a second sevens title, coinciding with the celebration of their 25th anniversary.