Guts, Grit And Gold: The Nile Special Rugby Premier League Is Back With A New Campaign.

Guts, Grit And Gold: The Nile Special Rugby Premier League Is Back With A New Campaign.

The Nile Special Rugby Premier League season is back. For the next three months, 10 top flights shall go at it again to determine the winner of the very coveted National 15s trophy, dubbed Gold, for the 2023 season.

The players and fans will display pure Guts and Grit at every encounter, in the yet biggest Rugby 15s season in Uganda. At the media launch of the season, Nile Special Connections Manager, Mr. John Paul Ssemakula noted that,

“The mind behind this campaign is the acknowledgment that it takes Guts and Grit, to win Gold. As a brand that has won 23 Monde Selections Gold medals due to our quality beer, we understand what it takes to earn gold.”

In addition, he reaffirmed Nile Specials commitment to Ugandan rugby.

“In the previous season, we invested over 600 Million Uganda Shillings in the sport. This year, we have increased to 800 Million Uganda Shillings.”

It is worthy to note that season, all the 10 Premiership Rugby Clubs will get a 20 Million Uganda Shillings purse to assist them in the day to day running of their activities. That is in addition to the 10 Million Ugandan Shillings that is tied to performance.

Rugby fans across social media have previously crucified the sponsors and the Uganda Rugby Union for man of the match prizes they termed demeaning. In the upcoming season, Mr. Ssemakula has promised that every outstanding player in a given match shall receive 100,000 Shillings prize money on top of a medal and other goodies.


The media launch of the 2023 Nile Special Rugby Premier League was also attended by the newly appointed Uganda Rugby Union CEO, Mr. Isaac Lutwama.

“This is going to be the most competitive season yet. I am most certain that the traditional Top Clubs will be seriously challenged. We saw a new National Rugby 7s champion, the Jinja Hippos, not from the central region.”

The Team Captains

Mr. Lutwama, fondly known as Lutti to those close to him, promised the fans a big spectacle.

With high quality rugby on the turf, half time challenges, fun parks, guest musical performances and live broadcasts, there shall surely be something for everyone. He also expressed his ambition of seeing rugby as the number one sport in Uganda.

 The clubs were also well represented by their respective captains. Amos Asiimile of Makerere Impis noted that they signed up for all the 18 games of the season and shall do their very best to clinch the title. On the other hand, Charles Uhuru of the Heathens promised to retain the trophy but warned that it wont be an easy feat. The captains showed Guts and Grit when they hauled an 18 wheeler truck filled with beer.

The Nile Special Rugby Premier League resumes this Saturday with games across 5 venues.

Full Fixture

Black Pirates Vs Heathens – Kings Park Arena, 3pm. (Live on NBS Sport)

Jinja Hippos Vs Makerere Impis – Damwaters, 4pm.

Toyota Buffaloes Vs Rhinos – Kyadondo Rugby Grounds, 4pm.

Kobs Vs Walukuba Barbarians – Legends Rugby Grounds, 4pm.

Mongers Vs Rams – House of Pain, Entebbe, 4pm.

Joseph Maani Muhumuza
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