Quick ten questions with Philip Wokorach- Uganda & Kabras Sugar
This week, The Bench got the opportunity to feature sensational Uganda Rugby player Philip Wokorach who also doubles up as Kabras Sugar half back/full back.
In both brief and, at the same time, lengthy questions we interact and explore his rugby lifestyle, hits and misses in ten (plus an extra topping question of course). From his heroics at the Elgon cup, the Africa Sevens Championships at Kasarani last year to the fair travels in the HSBC Circuit… Meet the man!
TB: You have been a notable member for the Uganda 7s and 15s alike, when did you get acquitted into the sport?
PW: When I was still in Primary School,I joined the Tag Rugby Programme at my school and later Kyadondo Rugby Club
2016 was a great one for Uganda , both in 15s & 7s, winning the Africa cup 7s participating in Capetown 7s, particularly a great one for you starting from the performance in the Elgon Cup. What moment in that period (inclusive of those I haven’t mentioned) would you fancy as your most memorable?
The Africa Cup Sevens championship win in Kenya, we were not fancied to make any impact due to the new names and lack of experience but the boys put in good shift, played with passion to overcome whatever challenge we came across. And I liked it the most because the team just clicked even with the little time we had to train together, we enjoyed every game we played
You signed for Kenya’s Kabras Sugar switching camp from Heathens how would you compare the level of competitiveness in both the two nations?
Rugby in Kenya is more structured in all aspects including Administration unlike in Uganda So that enables teams to be better prepared in terms of sponsorship, player welfare this makes them more competitive in the league
According to reports, you have been at Kabras twice now, first in 2014 then last year. Why did you go back the first time?
I had to go back and finish my studies so I couldn’t remain with the club for long period
Kabras Sugar are having a rather a hard time lately in the league, unlike they did last season, is it the tough competition among teams? Or is it a change of tact at the club?
Clubs have become more competitive this season I should say, a couple of injuries and missing players may have affected us a little
You are athletic and stealthy, just like the game requires, what is your training regime like?
Always try to make sure I work on my weaknesses but work even harder on my strengths. Fitness and health is #1 that means hitting the gym more often, then practice my kicking after training sessions whenever I get the chance, the rest are worked upon during the team training sessions.
How often do you step to the gym in a week?
Well I used to step there at least 3 times a week when I was back in Uganda but now I probably go there at least once a day here at Kabras
When at the gym what key muscle groups do you majorly work on? And how? E.g Shoulder, Military Press, 6 sets of 15 reps each.
Quadriceps, hamstrings,calves, the back and the trapezius. Usually do the dead lift, squats and lunges but switch it up according the club program, I normally do 3 sets, and reps its till I burn out
In improving their overall physicality whilst keeping a good diet, how often do you take meals and snacks in a day? What are the quantities of say carbs, proteins & vitamins?
I have at least 3 meals a day, snacks every after a workout session which varies on some days.
I take in 96 grams of protein and a moderate amount of carbohydrates since am at my target weight!
Rugby as well as other sports all over has been rocked with doping claims. What is your take on use of performance enhancing drug?
We must all try to keep rugby clean, it’s unfair and unethical that some players use performance enhancing drugs which makes it an unfair playing field for other players especially in a sport like rugby that requires a lot of skill, effort and sacrifice by all players in order to be a the very top.
Lastly, assuming you are a S&C in each of the following teams, pick a player from each that you deem to be the fittest: Uganda’s Heathens, Kenya’s Kabras Sugar, Uganda 15s & Kenya 15s
Vincent Mose (heathens), Fidel Oloo (Kabras). Philip wokorach (Uganda 15s) and Darwin mukidza (Kenya 15s)
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