Buteme quits rugby


Female rugby legend Helen Buteme has retired after 11 years of distinguished service as a player.
The former Lady Rugby Cranes captain revealed yesterday she is paving way for youngsters.

“I have quit international rugby to concentrate on the growth of women’s rugby in the country. I have multiple projects that am currently running across the country,” said Buteme.

Buteme, 34, made her first national team appearance in 2005 against Rwanda. That was the first time the lady’s national team played a 15s game. Two years later, she made her debut for the 7s national team.
One of the golden moments of her illustrious career was captaining Uganda at the 2009 7s World Cup in Dubai. Despite failing to win a game in Dubai, the Lady Cranes made history by qualifying for the tournament.
On the local scene, Buteme is also credited for helping in the formation of female clubs like Thunderbirds, Black Panthers and Entebbe Sharks.

Buteme has also enjoyed professional stints with English Premiership side Thurrock-T Birds as well as SOS in Norway and Stockholm Exiles in Sweden.

SOURCE: Daily Monitor

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