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UPDATED: 17:16, June 08, 2006
Ugandan national rugby team to have new coach
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Ugandan Rugby Union is going to have South African rugby legend Chester Williams to coach the national team of the eastern African country after the team's unfortunate 3-36 defeat to Morocco.

Williams, who had traveled with the national Cranes team last week to Morocco for the first leg of the 2007 International Rugby Board (IRB) World Cup qualifiers to assess and evaluate the team's performance, is expected in the country early next week to begin duty for a period of six-months.

The legendary player, who was a member of the Springboks, 1995 World Cup-winning team, is regarded as the most successful black player in a sport traditionally dominated by white South Africans.

However, negotiations between Ugandan Rugby Union and South African Rugby Union to have Williams take over are still in final stages.

Herbert Wafula, country director and former captain of the Rugby Cranes, confirmed the development but insisted they "are yet to finalize discussions of Williams' terms with the Deputy CEO of SA Rugby Mveleli Ncula".

After the deal is closed, Williams would take care of both the 15s and 7s squads and also offer tips to coaches of local rugby clubs.

Uganda has to beat northern African giant Morocco and Cote d'Ivoire to reach the last round of the qualification and book a ticket to Paris for the World Cup in 2007.

Source: Xinhua

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