Kwibuka24 rugby 7s set for June

Hertier Habimana of Thousand Hills protects the ball from a Resilence player during a previous league match. Thousands won last year’s Kwibuka 7s tournament. Sam Ngendahimana.

The Rwanda Rugby Federation (RRF) has announced that this year’s Kwubuka24 Rugby memorial sevens tournament will take place on June 9 at the Ferwafa training ground in Remera.

The competition is the sixth edition of the annual memorial rugby sevens organised to commemorate victims of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi who included sports personalities.

RRF Secretary General Tharcisse Kamanda said there will be some changes in the number of participating teams which are expected to increase to 12 from eight that participated in last year’s edition and include two from Uganda, one from DRC, and Burundi.

“The competition will be exciting for the fans; we have invited two teams from Uganda, namely; Mbarara University, Jinja Hippos, as well as Okapi from Goma and one from Burundi,” he said.

The other eight expected to grace the tournament are domestic clubs which are champions Thousand Hills, Remera Buffaloes, Muhanga, Kigali Sharks, Resilience, UR Grizzlies as well as Puma Kamonyi and Lion de Fer.

Last year, Thousand Hills beat Mbarara University of Uganda 13-12 to lift the trophy, and Hills head coach Jimmy Adams Mugabo says they are ready to defend their title.

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