Tim Agaba

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Timothy Ernest Victor Kwizera Agaba (born 23 July 1989) is a Ugandan-born South African rugby union player for the Bulls in Super Rugby, the Blue Bulls in the Currie Cup and the Blue Bulls XV in the Rugby Challenge.[1] His regular position is flanker or number eight.

Tim Agaba
Full nameTimothy Ernest Victor Kwizera Agaba
Date of birth (1989-07-23) 23 July 1989 (age 31)
Place of birthKampala, Uganda
Height1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)
Weight106 kg (234 lb; 16 st 10 lb)
SchoolStirling High School, East London
UniversityUniversity of South Africa
Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University
Rugby union career
Position(s) Loose forward
Current team Bulls / Blue Bulls / Blue Bulls XV
Youth career
2007 Border Bulldogs
2010 Sharks
Amateur team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2012–2014 NMMU Madibaz 15 (10)
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
2013–2015 Eastern Province Kings 28 (20)
2017–present Blue Bulls 13 (10)
2018–present Bulls 5 (0)
2018–present Blue Bulls XV 3 (0)
Correct as of 25 August 2019
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2013 South African Universities 1 (0)
2015–present South Africa Sevens 75 (65)
Correct as of 13 April 2018

He was a member of the South African Sevens team that won a bronze medal at the 2016 Summer Olympics.

CareerEdit

Youth : Border and SharksEdit

Agaba was born in Kabale, Southern Uganda, before moving to the Transkei and then East London, where he attended Stirling High School, where he took up rugby.[2] In 2007, he was included in the Border team that played at the premier South African high school rugby union tournament, the Under-18 Craven Week held in Stellenbosch.

After high school, he moved to Durban to join the Sharks, but a series of injuries restricted his playing time for them to two appearances for the Sharks U21s in the 2010 Under-21 Provincial Championship.[2]

NMMU and Eastern Province KingsEdit

He returned to the Eastern Cape in 2012, where he joined the Port Elizabeth-based university side NMMU Madibaz for the 2012 Varsity Cup competition. He made five appearances for them and scored a try in their 26–42 defeat to Maties.[3]

He established himself as the first-choice eighth man for the NMMU Madibaz during the 2013 Varsity Cup, starting six of their eight matches in the competition as he helped NMMU qualify for the semi-finals of the competition for the first time. He was included in the Eastern Province Kings squad for the 2013 Vodacom Cup competition and made his first class debut for the Kings by starting their 17–13 victory over a Free State XV in Bloemfontein.[4][5] He also made an appearance off the bench in their match against the Boland Cavaliers in Malmesbury[6] and featured in a match for the South African Universities team that played against Namibia in May 2013.[7]

He was then named in the EP Kings Currie Cup squad and he made his debut in that competition in the opening fixture of the 2013 Currie Cup First Division competition, starting their 13–29 defeat to the Pumas in Port Elizabeth.[8] He started eight of the fourteen matches that the Eastern Province Kings played during the round-robin stage of the competition and scored a try in their 63–7 victory over the Griffons.[9] The EP Kings finished the regular season in second place on the log to set up a semi-final match against the third-placed Leopards. Agaba also started this match and scored a try midway through the second half as the match finished 22-all after regular time, with the Kings eventually prevailing 32–29 after extra time.[10] He also played in the final, which the EP Kings lost 30–53 to the Pumas.[11]

Agaba again started the 2014 season by representing the NMMU Madibaz in the Varsity Cup competition. He scored one try for NMMU in their match against Maties[12] as they qualified for the semi-finals for the second successive year. He was an unused replacement in the semi-final as they lost 18–19 to the NWU Pukke.[13]

The Eastern Province Kings played in the Premier Division of the Currie Cup after the competition was expanded from six teams to eight for the 2014 season.[14][15] Agaba made his debut at this level in their 24–53 defeat to the Sharks in Round Eight of the competition.[16] He started their 25–45 defeat to Griquas a week later[17] and also their final match of the campaign, which the Eastern Province Kings won, beating the Pumas 26–25 to secure their only victory in the competition.[18]

He made five appearances in the 2015 Vodacom Cup and scored one try in their 45–50 defeat to a Free State XV[19] as the EP Kings finished in fifth spot on the Southern Section log to miss out on a quarter final spot. He remained an important player for the team in the 2015 Currie Cup Premier Division, which saw him score a try in their 25–33 defeat to the Sharks in Durban.[20]

South Africa SevensEdit

He left the Kings at the end of 2015, after the non-payment of player salaries allowed him to disengage himself from his contract, and joined the South African Sevens team on a two-year contract.[21]

2016 Summer OlympicsEdit

Agaba was included in a 12-man squad for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.[22] He was named as a substitute for their first match in Pool B of the competition against Spain, with South Africa winning the match 24–0.[23][24] He was also named as a replacement for their second match against France, where South Africa secured a 26–0 victory,[25][26] and promoted to the starting lineup for their final match against Australia. Despite a 5–12 defeat in this match,[27][28] South Africa still finished top of Pool B to set up a quarter final rematch against Australia, with Agaba named as a replacement in his side's 22–5 victory.[29][30] He was also named as a reserve for their final two matches; South Africa lost 5–7 in their semi-final match against Great Britain to be eliminated from gold medal contention,[31][32] but bounced back in their third-place play-off, securing a 54–14 victory over Japan[33][34] to secure a bronze medal in the competition.

StatisticsEdit

As of 9 September 2015
First class career
Season Teams Super Rugby Currie Cup Vodacom Cup Other Total
Apps Pts Apps Pts Apps Pts Apps Pts Apps Pts
2013 Eastern Province Kings 10 10 2 0 12 10
South African Universities 1 0 1 0
2014 Eastern Province Kings 3 0 3 0
2015 Eastern Province Kings 4 5 5 5 9 10
Career Total 17 15 7 5 25 20

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "SA Rugby Player Profile – Tim Agaba". South African Rugby Union. Retrieved 2 June 2016.
  2. ^ a b "Kampala se koorlid kook nou vir Kings". Netwerk24 (in Afrikaans). 20 August 2015. Retrieved 8 September 2015.
  3. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – NMMU 26-42 Maties". South African Rugby Union. 5 March 2012. Retrieved 14 April 2016.
  4. ^ "Eastern Province Kings team named against Free State". MyPE.co.za. 4 April 2013. Retrieved 4 April 2013.
  5. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – Toyota Free State XV 13-17 Eastern Province Kings". South African Rugby Union. 6 April 2013. Retrieved 14 April 2016.
  6. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – Regent Boland Cavaliers 23-27 Eastern Province Kings". South African Rugby Union. 27 April 2013. Retrieved 14 April 2016.
  7. ^ "SA Universities squad named to face Namibia". South African Rugby Union. 25 April 2013. Archived from the original on 9 June 2016. Retrieved 9 June 2016.
  8. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – Eastern Province Kings 13-29 Steval Pumas". South African Rugby Union. 28 June 2013. Retrieved 14 April 2016.
  9. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – Eastern Province Kings 63-7 Down Touch Griffons". South African Rugby Union. 23 August 2013. Retrieved 14 April 2016.
  10. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – Eastern Province Kings 32-29 Leopards". South African Rugby Union. 4 October 2013. Retrieved 14 April 2016.
  11. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – Steval Pumas 53-30 Eastern Province Kings". South African Rugby Union. 11 October 2013. Retrieved 14 April 2016.
  12. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – FNB NMMU 45-29 FNB MATIES". South African Rugby Union. 3 February 2014. Retrieved 14 April 2016.
  13. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – FNB NWU-PUKKE 19-18 FNB NMMU". South African Rugby Union. 24 March 2014. Retrieved 14 April 2016.
  14. ^ "Currie Cup format expanded". Sport24. 13 February 2014. Retrieved 13 February 2014.
  15. ^ "Competition Format 2014" (PDF). South African Rugby Union. Retrieved 26 March 2014.
  16. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – Cell C Sharks 53-24 Eastern Province Kings". South African Rugby Union. 27 September 2014. Retrieved 14 April 2016.
  17. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – GWK Griquas 45-25 Eastern Province Kings". South African Rugby Union. 4 October 2014. Retrieved 14 April 2016.
  18. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – Eastern Province Kings 26-25 Steval Pumas". South African Rugby Union. 10 October 2014. Retrieved 14 April 2016.
  19. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – Toyota Free State XV 50-45 EP Kings". South African Rugby Union. 18 April 2015. Retrieved 14 April 2016.
  20. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – Cell C Sharks 33-25 EP Kings". South African Rugby Union. 15 August 2015. Retrieved 14 April 2016.
  21. ^ "New recruits Soyizwapi, Agaba in strong Academy line-up for Dubai" (Press release). South African Rugby Union. 27 November 2015. Retrieved 27 November 2015.
  22. ^ "Rugby Sevens squad for Olympics named". South African Rugby Union. 14 July 2016. Archived from the original on 9 August 2016. Retrieved 9 August 2016.
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  24. ^ "Olympic Games Men's Sevens, Match 2". World Rugby. 9 August 2016. Archived from the original on 9 August 2016. Retrieved 9 August 2016.
  25. ^ "Men Schedule & Results – Olympic Rugby Sevens (RSA–FRA)". Rio 2016. 9 August 2016. Archived from the original on 12 August 2016. Retrieved 12 August 2016.
  26. ^ "Olympic Games Men's Sevens, Match 8". World Rugby. 9 August 2016. Archived from the original on 12 August 2016. Retrieved 12 August 2016.
  27. ^ "Men Schedule & Results – Olympic Rugby Sevens (RSA–AUS)". Rio 2016. 10 August 2016. Archived from the original on 12 August 2016. Retrieved 12 August 2016.
  28. ^ "Olympic Games Men's Sevens, Match 14". World Rugby. 10 August 2016. Archived from the original on 12 August 2016. Retrieved 12 August 2016.
  29. ^ "Men Schedule & Results – Olympic Rugby Sevens (RSA–AUS)". Rio 2016. 10 August 2016. Archived from the original on 12 August 2016. Retrieved 12 August 2016.
  30. ^ "Olympic Games Men's Sevens, Match 24". World Rugby. 10 August 2016. Archived from the original on 12 August 2016. Retrieved 12 August 2016.
  31. ^ "Men Schedule & Results – Olympic Rugby Sevens (GBR–RSA)". Rio 2016. 11 August 2016. Archived from the original on 12 August 2016. Retrieved 12 August 2016.
  32. ^ "Olympic Games Men's Sevens, Match 30". World Rugby. 11 August 2016. Archived from the original on 12 August 2016. Retrieved 12 August 2016.
  33. ^ "Men Schedule & Results – Olympic Rugby Sevens (JPN–RSA)". Rio 2016. 11 August 2016. Archived from the original on 12 August 2016. Retrieved 12 August 2016.
  34. ^ "Olympic Games Men's Sevens, Match 33". World Rugby. 11 August 2016. Archived from the original on 12 August 2016. Retrieved 12 August 2016.

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