The ninth Rugby World Cup is currently happening in Japan and will end on 2nd November with a grand finale. For Uganda, we have strong and passionate rugby players who hope to be able to play in the Rugby World Cup some day and among these players is Ivan Magomu. He is the current captain of the Stanbic Black Pirates.
You can’t be a Ugandan rugby fan if you haven’t heard of this team. Ivan started playing rugby while he was still in Smack in 2008. He has grown as a player from that point and has never looked at playing any other sport but rugby.
Being able to play rugby and study is one hell of a story. Ivan recently graduated from Mukono based university; UCU with a bachelor’s degree in law. He says that balancing sports and academics is not for the faint hearted because you need to create a balance if you are to get the best of both worlds so it involves making a lot of sacrifices to excel at both. Ivan has played games not only in Uganda but some global games as well like the 7’s World cup in San Francisco, Common Wealth Games and the Hong Kong 7’s qualifiers.
Aside from rugby, Ivan is also into agriculture. He grows watermelons and has also ventured into goat rearing. He hopes that his farm grows into a demonstration farm some day. In the next couple of years, he also hopes to venture into politics and with the leadership skills he has exhibited as captain, he will surely make a good leader. As the rugby games continue in Japan, we wish every young rugby player a chance to play in the international world cup because, remember; No Human is Limited.
When someone mentions rugby, the first thing that probably comes to your mind is a mugged guy with lots of injuries from playing the sport. You actually question why these guys are still playing the sport. Well, Emanzi Raymond is a final year student at Makerere University Business School and is also a rugby player with Black Pirates rugby club. He has been playing rugby from his S.1 when he was in St. Mary’s college Kisubi and he has gotten better at his game over the years.
In 2015 he doubled as MVP for his rugby team in SMACK and also played in the U19 national team in Zimbabwe. He joined the Black Pirates in December 2015 immediately after his high school. Since then, he has played with the team and won games like Uganda cup, National 7s tournament, Nile Special rugby league among many others. He also emerged player of the month in December 2018 for his club.
Aside from rugby, Raymond is also a good swimmer and in school he had to pick between swimming and rugby. He picked rugby because he was passionate about it and it was a challenge which he took up.
Of course like many parents, his were hesitant about him playing rugby but they have supported him throughout his journey in rugby. Raymond is also charming with handsome looks from Kabale. A rugby player with good looks might be a full packaged meal for many girls so ladies, shoot your shots!
Although the love for rugby is outstanding, Raymond still prioritizes his academics as they are something that cannot be compromised. Balancing books and rugby for him require a discipline of knowing what to do and at what time to do it something many pulsers may not have grasped. In the next couple of years, we hope to see him on the rise in the rugby world.