HEATHENS will have a little more time to prepare before launching their title defence in the Nile Special Rugby League.
The side will begin the 2013 campaign against new comers Summerkamp at Kyadondo rugby Club on January 25.
Uganda Rugby Union (URU) fixed the new date after dropping the original schedule of January 12.
URU resolved to push forward the start date so as to negotiate access to Kampala Rugby Club that was closed to rugby activities recently.
A member of URU's technical committee, said that Kampala clubs including Pirates, Kobs and Rhinos did not register a home ground.
"I do not understand the situation the clubs put the union into. We can't start the league with only four or five teams so we had to buy time," the official said.
The league has eight teams.
Earlier on, Sadolin Mongers Rugby Club had petitioned URU for fixing six of their seven first round games on their home ground in Entebbe.
The club management argued that this would affect their performance in the second round since all games would be away.
In the new fixture, the club's games are well spread.
Kampala rugby club was sold in 2011. Later, four of the club's executive committee members Steven Ojamba, Sam Ahamya, John Musoke and Henry Musoke were suspended at the URU assembly.
Heathens v S'merkamp
Kobs v Impis
Mongers v Pirates
Buffaloes v Rhinos