Test rugby is set to go regional in 2018 following a decision by the board of  the Kenya Rugby Union to spread the international matches across the country.This move will bring international 15-a-side rugby closer to the grassroots and increase the game’s popularity and visibility.

This move is consistent with the practice in major rugby playing nations like South Africa, New Zealand and Australia who rotate test matches across various venues.

Some of the regions earmarked as potential venues include Mombasa, Nakuru, Kisumu, Machakos and Kakamega. Each of these regions have event management experience from years of hosting high profile fixtures such as the Rugby Super Series and the National Sevens Circuit. KRU will also support the regions in the organization/logistics of the matches as the requirements of test rugby are significantly higher than domestic competitions.

The KRU has started the process of evaluating each venue under criteria such as playing facility, transport, accommodation to ensure basic infrastructure is met to host games of such magnitude and will soon meet the local authorities and affiliates to discuss the venture.

Commenting on the decision, KRU Secretary Oduor Gangla said “Fifteen a side international rugby is growing rapidly with Nairobi hosting six test matches this year, all of which have been very well attended. The timing is right to extend this unique product across the country and grow the test match experience and culture across the country. A number of KRU affiliates have already expressed strong interest in hosting such matches and we look forward to engaging with them from September 2017 to actualize this plan.”

This plan is consistent with the broad mandate of KRU to grow and develop the game of rugby union. Rugby fans across the country will have unique opportunities to experience test match rugby. In addition, KRU will look to introduce new commercial partners into the game especially regional companies and the county governments who have significant budgets for sporting activities. With the large and growing following of test matches, we expect a huge multiplier effect for businesses in the region as they will host the rugby fraternity to local opportunities”

“For this venture to be successful, the support of our affiliates across the country is essential and this will deepen our working relationship. Part of the returns of these events will be earmarked towards legacy rugby development programs that will contribute to the growth and development of the game and support initiatives of the affiliates in the regions,” he concluded.

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Kenya stayed unbeaten in the Rugby Africa Gold Cup with a 45-25 win over Senegal at the RFUEA Ground on Saturday afternoon.

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The Kenya Simbas squad that will take on Senegal in a Rugby Africa Gold Cup match has been released. Impala Saracens lock Simon Muniafu is back in the squad and will start in Saturdays match to be played at the RFUEA Grounds. Muniafu did not feature in Simbas 100-10 win over Tunisia due to an injury sustained against Uganda three weeks ago.

The squad is largely unchanged from the one that registered a huge win against Tunisia, with only George Nyambua dropped to the bench as Simbas eye top spot on the log. The team is currently placed 2nd on the  Rugby Africa Gold Cup log with 7 points, three points behind leaders Namibia who won their second successive match after defeating Senegal 95-0 in Windhoek.

Simbas

15.Tony Onyango, 14. Darwin Mukidza, 13. David Ambunya, 12. Leo Seje, 11. Jacob Ojee, 10. Isaac Adimo, 9. Samson Onsomu, 1. Moses Amusala, 2. Peter Karia, 3. Dennis Karani, 4. Wilson Kopondo (captain), 5. Simon Muniafu, 6. Eric Kereh, 7. Davis Chenge, 8. Joshua ChisangaReplacements16. Philip Ikambili, 17.Oscar Simiyu, 18. Curtis Lilako, 19. George Nyambua, 20. Martin Owila, 21. Lyle Asiligwa, 22. Kenny Andola, 23. Dennis Muhanji

Management: Jerome Paarwater (Head Coach), Dominique Habimana (Forwards Coach), Charles Ngovi (Backs Coach), Richard Ochieng (S&C Coach), Chris Makachia (Physio), Simiyu Wangila (Team Manager)

 

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The Kenya Simbas take on Senegal in  Africa Gold Cup on Saturday July 15, 2017 at the RFUEA Grounds and  French referee Thomas Charabas. The 28-year old will be assisted by  Namibian duo of Oscar Lambert and Nicardo Pienaar with Zambian Joseph Ingwe serving as the Citing Commissioner in the match that is set to kick off at 2pm.

Kenya and Senegal have only met once, being in the North zone semifinal of the 2009 Africa Cup in Safi, Morocco where Kenya emerged victorious in a 22-7 win. Kenya go into the fixture fresh from a record 100-10 win over Tunisia while Senegal were victims of a 95-0 humiliation by Namibia.

Advance tickets for Saturday's match go for Ksh.400, with VIP tickets going for Ksh.1000 while gate charges have been set at Ksh.500.

The Simbas are placed 2nd on the  Rugby Africa Gold Cup log with 7 points, three points behind leaders Namibia who won their second successive match after defeating Senegal 95-0 in Windhoek. Uganda, Zimbabwe, Senegal and Tunisia occupy the rest of the positions in the said order.

 

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The Kenya Simbas have a new record after thrashing Tunisia 100-10 on Saturday July 8, 2017 at the RFUEA Grounds. The huge win propelled them to the top of the Africa Gold Cup after earning them five points to take their total to seven.

Jacob Ojee was the first one with a try, taking Kenya to a five-point lead before Mukidza taking the scores to seven. Mukidza then scored Kenya’s second try before David Ambunya and David Kerrre adding two tries and a conversion. Tunisia recorded their first try through Achref Ben Hamouda but were unable to convert the resultant.

Samson Onsomu, Darwin Mukidza and Joshua Chisanga further added Kenya’s scores before Ashraf Dhif taking Tunisia’s point tally to 10 compared to Kenya’s 46.
At the start of the second half, Davis Chenge, Tony Onyango and Leo Seje Owade placed their names in the score sheet as each of them scored a try with Mukidza converting the last two tries. Kenya was now leading 65-10. Substitute Martin Owilla quickly took Kenya’s lead to 70-10, with Steve Otieno, Eric Kerre and Darwin Mukidza adding 21 points to the Kenyan scores.

In the final minutes, Jacob Ojee scored Simbas last try before Andola converting it to put the final scores at 100-10. This was the first time Kenya recorded 100 points against an opponent and are now two points above Namibia who play on Sunday.

 

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Tunisia have named the 15s team that is set to take on the Kenya Simbas in the Rugby Africa Gold Cup on Saturday July 8, 20117 at the RFUEA Grounds.

Tunisia: 15. Badii Dahmoul, 14. Ashraf Dhif, 13. Saif Abdelrahman, 12. Ourhami Issam, 11. Abess Kherfami (captain), 10. Ben Aycha Sofiene, 9. Houcem Khalfi, 1. Achref Ben Hamouda, 2. Hichem Mokni, 3. Yacine Ben Abdalah, 4. Nacer Mili, 5. Saif Bousaada, 6. Hamza Mbarki, 7. Bilel Souker, 8. Yahya Graa Replacements 16. Hamza Begi, 17. Sami Minsse, 18.Amhed Nasri, 19.Nacer Missaoui, 20. Hamdi Michri, 21. Dhia Dhieb, 22. Nizar Nasri, 23. Oubaidallah Daghfous

Coach:  Hedi Mohamedali

Simbas squad to face Tunisa

15. Tony Onyango, 14. Darwin Mukidza, 13. David Ambunya, 12. Leo Seje, 11. Jacob Ojee, 10. Isaac Adimo, 9. Sam Onsomu, 1. Moses Amusala, 2. Peter Karia, 3. Dennis Karani, 4. Wilson Kopondo (captain), 5. George Nyambua, 6. Eric Kerre, 7. Davis Chenge, 8. Joshua Chisanga

Replacements: 16. Philip Ikambili, 17. Oscar Simiyu, 18. Curtis Lilako, 19. Martin Owila, 20. Steve Otieno, 21. Lyle Asiligwa, 22. Kenny Andola, 23. Dennis Muhanji

 

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SportPesa Quins lock Wilson Kopondo is back into the Simbas  to face Tunisia in Rugby Africa Gold Cup action on Saturday 8 July 2017 at the RFUEA Grounds. Kopondo missed the last two matches against Uganda due to an injury he had suffered in the friendly against Germany on 27 May 2017.He resumes his captaincy role which was filled by Darwin Mukidza while recuperating.

George Nyambua and Leo Seje are set to make their full test debuts for the Kenya 15s team, with all their appearances being from the bench. Seje will now partner with David Ambunya in midfield while Nyambua fills the second row where he will be with captain Kopondo. Other players handed a starting berth are  Oscar Simiyu, Martin Owila, Dennis Muhanji and Lyle Asiligwa.

Ticketing Information

Advance tickets for Saturday’s match are now on sale, with regular advance tickets costing Ksh 400 while the advance V.I.P tickets retail at Ksh 1000. Regular entry on match day will cost Ksh 500.

Simbas squad to face Tunisa

15. Tony Onyango, 14. Darwin Mukidza, 13. David Ambunya, 12. Leo Seje, 11. Jacob Ojee, 10. Isaac Adimo, 9. Sam Onsomu, 1. Moses Amusala, 2. Peter Karia, 3. Dennis Karani, 4. Wilson Kopondo (captain), 5. George Nyambua, 6. Eric Kerre, 7. Davis Chenge, 8. Joshua Chisanga

Replacements: 16. Philip Ikambili, 17. Oscar Simiyu, 18. Curtis Lilako, 19. Martin Owila, 20. Steve Otieno, 21. Lyle Asiligwa, 22. Kenny Andola, 23. Dennis Muhanji

 

Comment

The Safari Sevens returns to its spiritual home after seven years that saw the tournament played at the Nyayo and Kasarani Stadia from 2011 to 2016.  The change in venue is expected to trigger nostalgia, an electric atmosphere both on and off the something to look forward to.

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The start of the 2017 National Sevens Series has been pushed to September. Consequently, the Driftwood Sevens, which was supposed to get the sevens season underway on 22nd/23rd  July will now be held on the weekend of 2nd/3rd September in Mombasa with the Kabeberi Sevens, originally set  for 29th /30th  July now taking place on 9th /10th  September in Nairobi.

The series then takes a one week break before resuming with the Prinsloo Sevens in Nakuru on 23rd/24th September with the Sepetuka Sevens taking place in Ngong a week later.

The Christie Sevens, the penultimate round of the series will be held on 13th/14th October with Kisumu’s Dala Sevens closing the series on Mashujaa Day weekend.

 

National Sevens Series amended dates

Driftwood Sevens, Mombasa – 2/3 September 2017

Kabeberi Sevens, Nairobi – 9/10 September 2017

Prinsloo Sevens, Nakuru – 23/24 September 2017

Sepetuka Sevens, Ngong – 30th Sept/1st October 2017

Christie Sevens, Nairobi – 13/14 October 2017

Dala Sevens, Kisumu – 20/21 October 2017

Comment

Kenya Simbas head coach Jerome Paarwater insists that they have no choice but to improve on their matchday tactics. This comes after his side dropped one place from position 25 to 26 in the latest World rugby rankings.

The drop comes after a disappointing 33-33 draw with Uganda in the Africa Gold Cup match over the weekend at the RFUEA ground.

Kenyans were overtaken by Portugal, who are now 25th with 57.26 points. The draw lifted Uganda to a whole five places from 45th to 40th with 48.46 points.

Simbas’ next play Tunisia on July 8 followed by home tie against Senegal on July 15. Head coach Jerome Paarwater said the next two weeks will be used to tighten the defence and improve on tackling as well as game management.

“It’s good we retained the Elgon Cup but much work lies ahead in terms of our defensive shape and structure and how to close out matches. This was our undoing in the matches against Germany and Uganda and we have no choice but to improve in that regard,” said Paarwater.

Paarwater said he expects a physical contest from Tunisia in their next match. “They have big physical pack which we must match and we must be able to dominate our scrums and line-outs. We expect a response from the boys after the draw against Uganda,” he added.

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KCB RFC are set to leave the country on Thursday for South Africa where  they will camp for ten days, with the days serving as their pre-season.

The bank-sponsored team had a stellar feat in the just concluded season where they retained the Enterprise Cup after overcoming opponents Kabras Sugar 27-23 in the finals. They also won their fifth Kenya Cup title with a 36-8 win over Kabras Sugar at the Lions Den on Saturday 22 April 2017.

In South Africa, the team will get a rare chance to watch a super rugby match between Stormers and Sunwolfs. They will also play several friendlies with South African teams in preparation for next season.

“The team  had a successful 2016/17 season winning two domestic titles, Kenya Cup and Enterprise Cup, the South Africa trip is an exposure for the rugby team to enable them defend the trophies in coming season ,” said KCB Group  Marketing and Communications Director Angela Mwirigi on the trip.

 

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KCB’s Kenny Andola and Mwamba’s Brad Owako made the cut for Simba’s squad in the Rugby Africa Gold Cup Clash against Uganda. The match will also serve as the Elgon Cup return leg. The duo, who will start off the bench will come in place of Biko Adema who is unavailable due to work commitments and Kelvin Masai.  20 year old Steve “Security” Otieno is also in line for his Simba’s debut. Otieno replaces Martin Owila who is rested for this clash.

There will be two main changes to the side that started the 23-18 away win over Uganda in Elgon Cup action a fortnight ago with Joshua Chisanga and fly half Isaac Adimo handed starts.

The fixture is set for the RFUEA Grounds in Nairobi.

Regular tickets for the game are available at Ksh 400 with a limited number of VIP tickets retailing at Ksh 1000. These can be sourced online on Tikiti

Game day tickets will still be available for Ksh 500 at the RFUEA grounds.

Simbas Full Squad

15.Tony Opondo, 14. Darwin Mukidza (captain), 13. David Ambunya, 12. Patrice Agunda, 11. Jacob Ojee, 10. Isaac Adimo, 9. Samson Onsomu, 1. Moses Amusala, 2. Peter Karia, 3. Dennis Karani, 4. Simon Muniafu, 5. Oliver Mang’eni, 6. Eric Kerre, 7. Davis Chenge, 8. Joshua Chisanga Replacements 16. Philip Ikambili, 17. James Kubasu, 18. Curtis Lilako , 19. George Nyambua, 20. Steve Otieno, 21. Kenny Andola, 22. Brad Owako, 23. Leo Seje

 

Comment

KCB’s multiple title winning Head Coach Curtis Olago has been handed a 30 week ban with effect from 6 June following the completion of a judicial process that found him guilty of attacking match official and Kenya Rugby Referee Society Chairman Karimi Mwangi in 2016.

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The Kenya Rugby Union Women’s Franchise will be the opening guns for the Rugby Africa Gold Cup clash between Kenya and Uganda at the RFUEA grounds on Saturday 24 June 2017. This match also doubles up as the second leg of the Elgon Cup where the Kenya holds an advantage from the first leg played in Kampala on Saturday 10 June 2017.

Western Force, Thika Road Panthers and Black Lions will be the participants. Each fixture will last 40 minutes with the fixtures being played on a round robin basis. 

Meanwhile, regular tickets for the Kenya -Uganda game are available at Ksh 400 with a limited number of VIP tickets retailing at Ksh 1000. These can be sourced online on Tikiti.

Game day tickets will still be available for Ksh 500 at the RFUEA grounds..

 

Comment

Simbas started their Elgon Cup defense with a nervy 23-18 win over Uganda in the first leg played at Kampala’s Legends Rugby Club on Saturday.

Darwin Mukidza kicked Kenya into an early 3-0 lead before converting Samson Onsomu’s try to put them up 10-0 with a quarter of an hour played.

Uganda though fought back through Marvin Odong going over with Philip Wokorach also drilling home three penalties for an 11-10 lead. Wokorach would then score and convert his own try after a brilliantly taken cross kick from Ivan Magomu to see his side lead 18-10 at the break.

Martin Owila’s try early second half with Mukidza’s convertion saw the Simbas come to within a point of their hosts.

Kenya coach Jerome Paarwater would throw on Issac Adimo and Josh Chisanga for Biko Adema and Owila respectively, changes that helped to bring back the Simbas roar.

Adimo and Chisanga’s influence was felt and as they forced the Ugandans into an error that was penalized. This was surely child’s play for Mukidza who drilled the ball between the sticks to put the Simbas ahead for the first time since early first half. He would then drill home a second penalty, the scores now 23-18 with quarter of an hour to go.

The Rugby Cranes would attempt to chase the game but couldn’t find their way past the Simba’s defense. 

The return leg, which doubles up as the Africa Gold Cup first leg takes place in Nairobi on Saturday 24 June 2017.

 

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Kenya Simbas Team Manager is confident that they will come out victorious  in Saturday's Elgon Cup match against Uganda. Simbas are set to battle it out with Uganda on Saturday 10 June, 2017 at the Legends Rugby Grounds in Kampala.

 Speaking during the team naming on Wednesday at the RFUEA Grounds, Wangila said that the team is well prepared and will do everything possible for a win. ``We are not going there (Uganda) for picnic, we are going for a win and I don't see why we cannot. We know that Uganda is a strong team but this cup is very important to us and it will be a good reward for the job well done. I want to thank the Kenya Rugby Union and also the boys for the hard work that both sides have done recently.''

 ``This game is different from the Germany one because the Germans were more technical, compared to Uganda who are more physical. So the fans should expect a win on Saturday,''  he added. Last year, Kenya beat Uganda 48-10 in Kampala and went on to beat them again in Nairobi, this time in a 45-24 win.

 

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Former Homeboyz back-row Joshua Chisanga has been included in the Simbas 23-man squad that will travel to Kampala for the Elgon Cup. Chisanga, who plays for the Falcons in England will therefore be in contention for a starting place in Saturday's match against Uganda. Darwin Mukidza has meanwhile been handed the captaincy role for the trip due to unavailability of Wilson Kopondo, who suffered an injury in Simbas' match versus Germany. This was revealed by Team Manager Wangila Simiyu during the team naming on Wednesday at the RFUEA grounds.

 

Missing in the squad is KCB's Oscar Simiyu while Sam Onsomu, Jacob Ojee and James Kubasu maintain their places. The starting line-up will be announced by Team Manager Simiyu Wangila on Friday in Kampala.

 

Squad: 1.Moses Amusala (KCB), 2. Peter Karia (KCB), 3. Dennis Karani (Resolution Impala Saracens), 4. Simon Muniafu (Resolution Impala Saracens), 5. Oliver Mang’eni (KCB), 6. Eric Kerre (Resolution Impala Saracens), 7. Davis Chenge (KCB), 8. Martin Owila (KCB), 9. Sam Onsomu (Resolution Impala Saracens), 10. Biko Adema (Nondescripts), 11. Jacob Ojee (KCB), 12. Patrice Agunda (SportPesa Quins), 13. David Ambunya (SportPesa Quins), 14. Darwin Mukidza (KCB), 15. Tony Onyango (Menengai Cream Homeboyz)

Replacements: 16. Philip Ikambili (Menengai Cream Homeboyz), 17. James Kubasu (Resolution Impala Saracens), 18. Curtis Lilako (KCB), 19. George Nyambua (Kabras Sugar), 20. Joshua Chisanga (Newcastle Falcons, England), 21.Kelvin Masai (Menengai Cream Homeboyz), 22. Isaac Adimo (SportPesa Quins),23. Leo Seje (Resolution Impala Saracens)

Management: Jerome Paarwater (HEAD COACH), Charles Ngovi, Dominique Habimana (ASSISTANT COACHES), Richard Ochieng ( S&C), Chris Makachia (PHYSIO), Simiyu Wangila (TEAM MANAGER)

 

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Kenya has today released the squad that will face Uganda in Saturday’s Elgon Cup clash.

Regular Wilson Kopondo will sit out this match through injury paving way for KCB’s Darwin Mukidza to captain the team.

Here is the full team squad set to travel to Kampala:

1.Moses Amusala (KCB), 2. Peter Karia (KCB), 3. Dennis Karani (Resolution Impala Saracens), 4. Simon Muniafu (Resolution Impala Saracens), 5. Oliver Mang’eni (KCB), 6. Eric Kerre (Resolution Impala Saracens), 7. Davis Chenge (KCB), 8. Martin Owila (KCB), 9. Sam Onsomu (Resolution Impala Saracens), 10. Biko Adema (Nondescripts), 11. Jacob Ojee (KCB), 12. Patrice Agunda (SportPesa Quins), 13. David Ambunya (SportPesa Quins), 14. Darwin Mukidza (KCB), 15. Tony Onyango (Menengai Cream Homeboyz)

Replacements 16. Philip Ikambili (Menengai Cream Homeboyz), 17. James Kubasu (Resolution Impala Saracens), 18. Curtis Lilako (KCB), 19. George Nyambua (Kabras Sugar), 20. Joshua Chisanga (Newcastle Falcons, England), 21.Kelvin Masai (Menengai Cream Homeboyz), 22. Isaac Adimo (SportPesa Quins),23. Leo Seje (Resolution Impala Saracens)

Management: Jerome Paarwater (Head Coach), Charles Ngovi, Dominique Habimana (Assistant Coaches), Richard Ochieng ( S&C), Chris Makachia (Physio), Simiyu Wangila (eam Manager)

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The Rugby cranes assistant coach and former Cranes star Robert Sseguya, has today reveled the team that will taking Kenya on Saturday, 10th June at Legends rugby club Kampala.

24 year old wing Justin Kimono returns to the squad after a long injury layoff that saw him undergo two key knee surgeries on his right leg in November, 2015 and April 2016. He will start off the bench as a potential replacement.

Head Coach John Duncan has also included Kenya based trio of Philip Wokorach and Ivan Kirabo of Kabras Sugar, James Odong (Nondescripts) as well as Uganda Sevens star Lawrence Sebuliba.

Here is the full Uganda Squad
15. Philip Wokorach, 14. Lawrence Sebuliba, 13. Michael Wokorach, 12. Pius Ogena, 11. James Odong, 10. Ivan Magomu, 9. Ivan Kirabo, 1. Asuman Mugerwa, 2. Alex Mubiru, 3. Brian Odongo (captain), 4. Charles Uhuru, 5. Robert Aziku, 6. Brian Asaba, 7. Scott Oluoch, 8.Marvin Odongo Replacements 16. Syrus Watum,17. Collin Kimbowa,18. Adnan Mutebi,19. Byron Oketayot,20. Musa Muwonge,21. Aaron Ofoyrwoth, 22. Justin Kimono, 23. Eric Mula

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NAIROBI, Kenya, June 5 – KCB captain Curtis Lilako has been recalled to the Simbas squad as they brace for the Elgon Cup first leg clash away to Uganda on 10 June 2017 in Kampala.

Team Manager Simiyu Wangila, speaking with Kenya Rugby after the team’s training in Nairobi on Saturday, said;

“Lilako returns to the squad on merit. He has worked hard at club level and has been an integral part of his team’s league and cup double this season. ”

Lilako, a front row mainstay for the Simbas over the past six years was initially omitted from the 36 man squad and also missed last weekend’s 29-30 home loss to Germany. He was last in action for the Simbas during the 34-10 win over Hong Kong in Nairobi in August 2016.

He will be in contention to make the travelling party to Kampala.

Meanwhile, Youngsters Benjamin Marshall and Steve “Security” Otieno could make their Simbas debuts sooner rather than later.

“We have been impressed with their attitude, commitment and spirit during training and they will certainly get their chance on the big stage,” said Team Manager Simiyu Wangila after the team’s training session on Saturday.

The duo,who were named in the Simbas squad for the 2017 international season,featured in the Chipu side that reached the final of the Africa U20 championships held in April in Madagascar,falling 24-61 to Namibia.

From Kenya Rugby Union official Website

Comment

Kenya 15s team Simbas are the biggest losers in the latest World Rugby rankings. Simbas, who were in position 23, have dropped to 26th place.


A 30-29 loss to Germany on Saturday at the RFUEA Grounds has largely aided the drop in rankings, helping Germany positively as they moved from 25th to 22nd position. Kenya are third in Africa, coming after South Africa (7th) and Namibia (19th) respectively. The first twenty one countries have all maintained their positions in the rankings, with very minimal changes in the other positions.


The first five spots are occupied by New Zealand, England, Australia, Ireland and Scotland respectively. In Africa, the first five positions are filled by South Africa (7th), Namibia (19th), Kenya (26th), Zimbabwe (36th) and Sengeal (39th).

Comment

Former Homeboyz back-row Joshua Chisanga will not be available for selection for Simbas friendly against Germany on Saturday 27 May, 2017 at the RFUEA. Chisanga, who plays for the Falcons in England, will however feature for the Kenya 15s team in their upcoming matches.


Speaking to Kenyan-star, Team Manager Simiyu Wangila confirmed that Chisanga will not be in the team for Saturday, but might play as soon as Uganda’s match. ``He (Chisanga) has only trained from Wednesday. It’s only fair that we give other guys who have been training in the same position… So he will be given his chance as the training goes on. Don’t be shocked to see him for Uganda or other games that are coming up because he’ll now have gelled into our system and seen what it takes to be in the Kenyan sorroundings.’’


Simbas match against Germany kicks off at 16:00. Here are the squads for both sides.


Germany:
Sean Armstrong, Raynor Parkinson, Timo Vollenkemper, Kehoma Brenner, Jaco Otto, Jarrid Els, Harris Aounallah, Dale Garner, Michael Poppmeier, Jörn Schröder, Pirmin Stöhr, Luis Ball, Antony Dickinson, Chris Howells, Ben Ellermann, Daniel Cook, Jamie Murphy, Marcel Coetzee, Erik Marks, Damien Tussac, Tim Menzel, Mikael Tyumenev, Julius Nostadt, Christopher Hilsenbeck, Dasch Barber, Samy Füchsel, Mathieu Ducau, Felicien Vergnon, Marcel Henn.


Kenya Simbas
15. Tony Onyango (Homeboyz), 14. Darwin Mukidza (KCB, Vice Captain), 13. David Ambunya (Quins), 12. Patrice Agunda (Quins), 11. Jacob Ojee (KCB), 10. Biko Adema (Nondescripts), 9. Samson Onsomu (Impala), 1. Moses Amusala (KCB), 2. Peter Karia (KCB), 3. Dennis Karani (Impala), 4. Wilson Kopondo (Quins, Captain), 5. Simon Muniafu (Impala), 6. Eric Kerre (Impala), 7. Davis Chenge (KCB), 8. Martin Owila (KCB).


Replacements:  16. Philip Ikambili (Homeboyz)17. Oscar Simiyu (KCB), 18. Bramwell Mayaka (Homeboyz), 19. Oliver Mang’eni ( KCB), 20. George Nyambua (Kabras Sugar), 21. Kelvin Masai (Homeboyz), 22. Leo Seje Owade (Impala), 23. Dennis Muhanji (Quins).

 

Comment

Simbas 15s Team Manager Simiyu Wangila has urged his side to proceed to Saturday’s match against Germany with utmost caution, as the German side is very strong and should not be underrated. Simbas face Germany on Saturday 27 May, 2017 at the RFUEA Grounds, with the two sides placed 23rd and 24th respectively in the rankings.


``We have to go into the match with a lot of caution….we respect the Germans quite a lot. If you look at their games during the European circuit, they have actually been featuring very well and it is a team that is not to be taken for granted. That is why we had to go down to South Africa and fine-tune ourselves,’’ said the team manager.


Wangila also talked on the importance of Wilson Kopondo and Biko Adema coming back into the team. Kopondo was out for a long period due to injury while Biko Adema was representing the country with the 7s team. ``If you have been looking at the Kenya Cup, Kopondo’s return has been quite a wonderful thing for us. He has also missed playing on the pitch with the national team and now he is back. For Biko Adema, the exposure he has got playing with the 7s team has been awesome and using him at the position that he has been playing, we want to give him a chance and see what he can give us after going through the sevens circuit. He is now back here and we are sure that on Saturday, he will put in a very good performance.’’


Wangila summed up by expressing what it means for the Simbas to win Saturday’s match against Germany. ``Winning that game is very important for us so that the confidence level of the team can be up there as we go into the African Cup and Elgon Cup.’’

 

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Kenya 15s captain Wilson Kopondo conveyed his joy in returning to the Simbas squad after a two-year absence. Kopondo was named the captain for the 15s side and will be assisted by Darwin Mukidza.


Speaking to Kenyanstar during the team naming event on Thursday, Kopondo said that he is happy to be back in the team and to represent the country. ``It feels great to be back, that is for sure. I love the game a lot and being involved in it to represent my country is something that always makes me happy. I am also glad to be part of a team which has put in so much effort in recent months.’’


On the team selection, Kopondo was satisfied with the assortment of new and experienced players. ``I like the blend a lot; blending experienced players, returnees and the new talents who have been standing out regardless of the situation is a very good thing. Bringing together fresh new talent, experience and the Cape Town vibe is very nice.’’


The captain also detailed what they need to do to beat a strong Germany side, who are only one position below them in the rankings. ``Technically, they (Germany) are very sound so we have to be strict defensively and also quick on our feet. They are a technical team so we will try and disturb their rhythm…we will also try to run them a lot and see if they can be able to keep up with our high altitude.’’


Simbas face Germany on Saturday 27 May, 2017 at the RFUEA Grounds.

Comment

5 debutants are lined up to make their debut this weekend, as Kenya 15’s Simba takes on Germany in a Test match on Saturday at the RFUEA Grounds.

Speaking during the naming of the squad, team manager Wangila Simiyu said, “We have a pool of 36 players and those who have been selected have merited to be in the team. With young players like Ikambili and Mayaka coming in, it shows that Kenya Cup is becoming a competitive league.”

Led by captain Sean Armstrong, the German side arrived in the country Tuesday, and will be looking to get things going over Kenya. The European nation is also in contention for the World Cup in 2019, and the match will be as key to them as it will be for Kenya.

Here are the squads for both sides.

Germany:

Sean Armstrong, Raynor Parkinson, Timo Vollenkemper, Kehoma Brenner, Jaco Otto, Jarrid Els, Harris Aounallah, Dale Garner, Michael Poppmeier, Jörn Schröder, Pirmin Stöhr, Luis Ball, Antony Dickinson, Chris Howells, Ben Ellermann, Daniel Cook, Jamie Murphy, Marcel Coetzee, Erik Marks, Damien Tussac, Tim Menzel, Mikael Tyumenev, Julius Nostadt, Christopher Hilsenbeck, Dasch Barber, Samy Füchsel, Mathieu Ducau, Felicien Vergnon, Marcel Henn.

Kenya Simbas

15. Tony Onyango (Homeboyz), 14. Darwin Mukidza (KCB, Vice Captain), 13. David Ambunya (Quins), 12. Patrice Agunda (Quins), 11. Jacob Ojee (KCB), 10. Biko Adema (Nondescripts), 9. Samson Onsomu (Impala), 1. Moses Amusala (KCB), 2. Peter Karia (KCB), 3. Dennis Karani (Impala), 4. Wilson Kopondo (Quins, Captain), 5. Simon Muniafu (Impala), 6. Eric Kerre (Impala), 7. Davis Chenge (KCB), 8. Martin Owila (KCB).

Replacements:  16. Philip Ikambili (Homeboyz)17. Oscar Simiyu (KCB), 18. Bramwell Mayaka (Homeboyz), 19. Oliver Mang’eni ( KCB), 20. George Nyambua (Kabras Sugar), 21. Kelvin Masai (Homeboyz), 22. Leo Seje Owade (Impala), 23. Dennis Muhanji (Quins).

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The Kenya 15s team that is set to play Germany on Saturday 27May 2017 at the RFUEA Grounds has been named by Team Manager Wangila Simiyu. Speaking at the Grounds during the naming event on Thursday, Wangila affirmed that the selection of the team was based on current performance of players.


``The change in squad has told you that many players are coming up and are ready to step up for national duty. National team is chosen according to performance of players in their respective teams. We are also developing depth for years to come and not only for Saturday’s match and that is where young players come in. Basically, we recognize and appreciate hard work.’’


He also urged the fans to turn up for the game in large numbers, for the love of the game and to support the team which he says will not disappoint come that day. ``We urge all people in Nairobi and outside the city to come for the game and fill up the stadium. On the pitch there will be fifteen players and our sixteenth player is the fans, who we really rely on.’’


Kenya Rugby Union Chairman Richard Omwela echoed his sentiments, saying that he hopes that the fans will avail themselves in large numbers. ``I hope that the fans of this beautiful game will be there in numbers on Saturday and cheer for our team. That will boost the morale of the players and the whole squad at large.’’


There are some notable new faces in the team for the Saturday friendly match; Philip Ikambili of Menengai Cream Homeboyz, Oscar Simiyu of KCB, George Nyambua of Kabras Suga and Leo Seje of Impala Sacrens all being included in the Simbas team for the first time. The team will be captained by Wilson Kopondo, who is making a comeback into the team and will be deputized by Darwin Mukidza who plays for KCB.


Squad
Tony Onyango (Menengai Cream Homeboyz), Darwin Mukidza (KCB, Vice-Captain), David Ambunya (SportPesa Quins), Patrice Agunda (SportPesa Quins), Jacob Ojee (KCB), Biko Adema (Nondescripts), Samson Onsumu (Resolution Impala Saracens), Wilson Kopondo (SportPesa Quins, Captain), Simon Muniafu (Resolution Impala Saracens), Erick Kerre (Resolution Impala Saracens), Davis Chenge ( KCB), Martin Owila ( KCB)


Replacements
Philip Ikambili (Menengai Cream Homeboyz)Oscar Simiyu (KCB), Bramwell Mayaka ( Menengai Cream Homeboyz), Oliver Mang’eni (KCB), George Nyambua (Kabras Sugar), Kelvin Masai ( Menengai Cream Homeboyz), Leo Seje Owade (Resolution Impala Saracens), Dennis Muhanji (SportPesa Quins)

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Kenya Rugby Union Chairman,  Richard Omwela, has told off the government for their intent to set up a Sports, Arts and Culture Fund, saying that the money placed there is likely to be embezzled.

Speaking at a press conference on Wednesday at the Sarova Hotel where several sports bodies’ officials had convened to issue a statement on the government’s proposal to slap a 50% tax regulation on the gaming industry, Omwela said that they[Sports people] receive very little funding from the government.

 "From a rugby perspective, we have checked our records from five years ago and seen that we have received less than twenty Million in funding directly from the government."

" I have no fault in asking about the setting up of a fund. Yes it is nice to set up a fund, but this country is full of funds that have been set up and money has been embezzled. What happened to the Youth Fund? What happened to NSSF? What happened to NHIF? What happened to Women’s Fund? What has happened to the Maize Fund?" 

"Let us face reality. Reality is that even if we were to set up a fund, the management of that fund is so critical that we don’t trust if they[Government] will do the right thing.’’

Omwela did not stop there, The Rugby Boss highlighted how SportPesa have massively helped the Kenyan Rugby team in their day-to-day activities.

"When SportPesa came on board,  we agreed on a  five-year program of funding with them.  This means that for the next five years, we are not sitting every day to find who is going to sponsor us.  Right now our team is in London and if it is not for SportPesa, we don’t know how we would be able to fund the team’s expenses." 

 "We have ten assignments every year around the whole world and I can tell you that the government just hears that we went and came back. They have no clue how we went , how we got to the airport and how we came back. We go and come back thanks to companies like SportPesa who are able to support us.’’

Despite being critical of the Government, Omwela called for dialogue between various parties to come up with a symphonic solution.

"Let us reason and discuss, …. Rotich talk to Wario, Wario talk to other members of Parliament and let us make sure that this Bill does not see light of the day or if it does, at a more reduced level."

Omwela completed his address with a challenge to the Government to fund sports through the Consolidated Fund. 

"Why aren’t sports being funded from the consolidated Fund? Is it that we are a different breed of Kenyans? Aren’t we paying taxes like everybody else?", Posed Omwela.

Read: The state of Kenyan Rugby - Richard Omwela

 

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Germany head coach Kobus Potgieter has named a strong squad for a test match against Kenya on Saturday 26 May, 2017 in Nairobi. The team is a balanced combination of youth and experience, with the coach retaining a majority of players that participated in the recently concluded 2017 Rugby Europe Championships where Germany finished fifth overall.

Speaking to the Official German Rugby Union Website, Potgieter gave reasons for selecting such a strong side. ``We will travel to Nairobi with a strong squad because we know that Kenya is by no means an easy opponent. They are competing for a place in the World Cup, they have already defeated Spain and Portugal in the recent past...So we must be very well prepared if we want to survive.''

Germany Squad

Sean Armstrong, Raynor Parkinso, Timo Vollenkemper, Kehoma Brenner, Jaco Otto, Jarrid Els, Harris Aounallah, Dale Garner, Michael Poppmeier, Jörn Schröder, Pirmin Stöhr, Luis Ball, Antony Dickinson, Chris Howells, Ben Ellermann, Daniel Cook, Jamie Murphy, Marcel Coetzee, Erik Marks, Damien Tussac, Tim Menzel, Mikael Tyumenev, Julius Nostadt, Christopher Hilsenbeck, Dasch Barber, Samy Füchsel, Mathieu Ducau, Felicien Vergnon, Marcel Henn

Non-Travelling Reserves

Sebastian Robl , Felix Lammers , Mark Sztyndera 

 

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The Kenya Rugby Union, in conjunction with the Center for Multi-party Democracy and Strathmore University, hosted its affiliates to a one day conference on governance at the Strathmore University on Friday 12 May 2017.

Kenya Rugby Union Secretary Oduor Gangla ,in his opening remarks, said, “ This kind of training is designed to help us deliver service effectively and efficiently. Governance is important, if we get it right, everything goes well as we are able to set up structures that end up giving us long term sustainability. ”
 
The course, which is aimed at building the capacity of sports federations in Kenya, saw the participants taken through various modules of corporate governance with an aim of empowering them with knowledge that would serve them beyond the actual course.

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Kenya Sevens lost 20-14 to host France in their opening match of Paris 7s on Saturday 13 May, with the hosts trailing 14-5 at halftime.
Frank Wanyama had given Kenya the lead with a try which was converted by Sammy Oliech, before Julien Candelon scored a try for France. Billy Odhiambo extended Kenya’s lead with a try late in the first half and it was converted to make Kenya’s lead 14-5 at halftime.
Alcardi landed the first try in the second half for France and when Sammy Oliech was yellow carded, things went on a downward spiral for Kenya. Pascal Barraque scored a try for the hosts to make it 14-12. Then the magical moment for France came, Virimi Vakatawa  releasing a wonderful off-load before and roared back to the field to land the winning try.
Kenya’s next match is against invited side Spain at 4:38 pm before facing England at 8:26 pm in their last group match.

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Strathmore Leos have pulled of the Enterprise Cup. The side, semifinalists last year,in a brief communication to the Kenya Rugby Union,  cited ” circumstances beyond their control” as the reason for their withdrawal.

The Leos were scheduled to play Menengai Cream Homeboyz in the quarterfinal on Saturday 13 May 2017.

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Former Homeboyz back-row Joshua Chisanga has said that he will be available for Kenya Simbas 2017 international assignments. Chisanga, who plays for Falcons in England, asserted that if selected, he will be available and could face Germany on Saturday 27 May, 2017.
``Yes I am coming for the Simbas matches…KRU already requested for my release and I should be home anytime from now.’’ This is a major boost for the Simbas squad and after the English Premiership ended on May 6, 2017, Chisanga could be available until July.
Kenya face Germany on Saturday 27 May, 2017 and after that, they will head to Uganda for the first leg of Elgon Cup before hosting the Cranes. They will then play Namibia and Zimbabwe in Africa Cup matches.

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Team Manager Simiyu Wangila named Kenya Simbas Squad that is set for a 10-day camp in South Africa. Adressing the press on May 11, 2017 at the RFUEA Grounds, Simiyu also named KCB flanker Davis Chenge as the captain for the tour, with Biko Adema deputizing him. The squad will depart on Friday 12 May for training at the Western Cape Sports Academy and is made up of 29 of the 36 players who were selected to represent the Simbas this season.
Among those included are Dennis Muhanji, Martin Owila, Ericc Kerre, Moses Amusala, David Ambunya, Ronnie Mwenesi, Peter Kilonzo and Peter Karia.
Mwamba’s Brad Owako, Impala’s Leo Seje, Strathmore duo of Elkeans Musonye and Alex Olaba and scrum-halves Kevin Masai and Samson Onsomu are also in the list.
Kopondo Named Overall Captain
Wilson Kopondo was also named the overall Simbas team captain, who will be assisted by Darwin Mukidza. The two are however unavailable for the South Africa tour, with Darwin Mukidza absorbed in Kenya 7s for Paris and London legs while Kopondo has work commitments.
Full Squad
Backs: Samson Onsomu (Impala Saracens), Biko Adema (Nondescripts), Patrice Agunda (Quins), Leo Seje (Impala Saracens), Tony Onyango (Homeboyz), Kelvin Masai (Homeboyz), Isaac Adimo (Quins), Jacob Ojee (KCB), Dennis Muhanji.
Forwards: Moses Amusala (KCB), George Asin (KCB), Dennis Karani (Impala Saracens), Simon Muniafu ( Impala Saracens), Davis Chenge (KCB), Eric Kerre (Impala Saracens), James Kubasu (Impala Saracens), Peter Karia (KCB), Bramwell Mayaka (Homeboyz), Philip Ikambili (Menengai Cream Homeboyz), Oscar Simiyu(KCB)
George Nyambua (Kabras Sugar), Ronnie Mwenesi (Nondescripts), Emmanuel Malava (Homeboyz), Elkeans Musonye (Strathmore Leos), Martin Owila (KCB)

 

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Kenya Sevens duo Darwin Mukidza and Sammy Oliech are upbeat ahead of the final legs of 16/17 HSBC World Sevens Series, Paris and London 7s. Shujaas departed for France on Monday evening ahead of Saturday’s fixtures.
Speaking to kru.co.ke, Oliech said, ``We’re looking to finish on a high, get whatever points we can get, hopefully play in the cup semifinals onwards.’’ His compatriot, Mukidza, who is returning for the first time since the opening rounds in Dubai and Cape Town, was also hopeful of good performance. ``It feels great to be back. It is going to be a real test for me…I expect to go and perform well.’’
Kenya is placed in Pool C with France, England and Spain.

 

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Kenya Rugby Union director of fixtures confirmed that Championship promotion and relegation playoffs will be played on Saturday 3 June 2017, in a neutral venue.
Ngong RFC, who lost Nationwide semifinals to Menengai Oilers, will face former Kenya Cup side Thika RFC, who finished in10th place. MKU Nairobi on the other hand lost to Egerton Wasps and will clash with JKUAT cougars, who finished 9th. Menengai Oilers and Egerton Wasps have already qualified for the Championships after reaching the final.

 

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An official statement from the Kenya Rugby Union has revealed that Nakuru will host 2017's Nationwide National Finals at the Nakuru Athletics Club on Saturday May 13. The finals will see Menengai Oilers and Egerton Wasps lock horns for the Nationwide's title.
The two teams have already qualified for the Championship, which is the second tier league while the final spot will be taken by either MKU Nairobi or Ngong RFC. Wasps and Oilers met in the Rift Valley Regional league finals, with Oilers winning 47-10.

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Thirteen players are in line for their full test debuts as the Simbas technical bench led by Head Coach Jerome Paarwater named a 36 man squad for this year’s international assignments.

The  thirteen are George Asin, Leo Seje, James Kubasu, Bramwell Mayaka, Elkeans Musonye, Alex Olaba, Oscar Simiyu, Philip Ikambili, Brad Owako, George Nyambua, Peter Kilonzo as well as Steve Otieno and Benjamin Marshall who were part of the Kenya U20 squad that finished second at last week’s Africa U20 championships in Madagascar.

Simbas 2017 squad

Forwards: Moses Amusala (KCB), George Asin (KCB), Dennis Karani (Resolution Impala Saracens), Wilson Kopondo (SportPesa Quins), Simon Muniafu (Resolution Impala Saracens), Davis Chenge (KCB), Eric Kerre (Resolution Impala Saracens), Edwin Machanje (Mwamba), James Kubasu (Resolution Impala Saracens), Peter Karia (KCB), Bramwell Mayaka (Menengai Cream Homeboyz),Philip Ikambili (Menengai Cream Homeboyz),Oscar Simiyu (KCB),George Nyambua(Kabras Sugar),Ronnie Mwenesi (Nondescripts),  Emmanuel Mavala (Menengai Cream Homeboyz), Oliver Mang’eni (KCB), Elkeans Musonye (Strathmore Leos), Martin Owila (KCB), Steve Otieno (Menengai Cream Homeboyz)

Backs: Samson Onsomu (Resolution Impala Saracens), Biko Adema (Nondescripts), Dennis Muhanji (SportPesa Quins), Patrice Agunda (SportPesa Quins), Leo Seje (Resolution Impala Saracens), Darwin Mukidza (KCB), Tony Onyango (Menengai Cream Homeboyz), Kelvin Masai (Menengai Cream Homeboyz), Isaac Adimo (SportPesa Quins), Jacob Ojee (KCB), Brad Owako (Mwamba), David Ambunya (SportPesa Quins), Alex Olaba (Strathmore Leos),Kenny Andola (KCB), Benjamin Marshall (Nondescripts), Peter Kilonzo (KCB)

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Menengai Oilers advanced to the semifinal of the Nationwide National Playoffs with a 20-3 win over Maseno.

Join the Nakuru based side in the semis were Ngong RFC, MKU Nairobi and Egerton Wasps who all emerged victorious in their quarterfinal fixtures.

Ngong posted a 24-7 win over Embu at the Kibiko High School ground, MKU edged out Technical University of Mombasa 13-10 in Mombasa as Egerton Wasps defeated CITAM Kisumu 16-8 in Kisumu

Quarterfinal Results
Ngong 24 Embu 7
TUM 10 MKU Nairobi 13
CITAM Kisumu 8 Egerton Wasps 16
Menengai Oilers 20 Maseno 3

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The fourth round of the National Sevens Series will be hosted at the Ngong Hills Sports Resort for a period of two years starting with the 2017 edition which takes place on 9/10 September.This decision was arrived at by the Kenya Rugby Union following the submission of hosting bids by interested clubs and entities.

Menengai Cream Homeboyz topped the bidding,earning the right  to host the event at their proposed venue in 2017 and 2018.

A joint bid by Western Bulls and Kabras Sugar RFC was second overall in the bidding process, granting them the rights to host this round of the NSS in 2019 and 2020.

The National Sevens Series is Kenya Rugby's premier club sevens competition and is played over six rounds, the team accumulating the most points at the close of  the series crowned club sevens champions of Kenya

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Resolution Impala Saracens II successfully defended their Eric Shirley crown with a 13-12 win over KCB II in the final played at the USIU Ground on Saturday 22 April 2017.

This match was a close contest through and through, the teams heading into the interval locked 0-0. Collins Wanjala’s unconverted try after the restart gave KCB II a 5-0 lead but Quinto Ongo’s two quick penalties saw Impala II go 6-5 up.

Vincent Onyala landed a converted try as KCB II went 12-6 up but a moment of indiscipline saw them crumble, conceding a penalty try that handed Impala II the win.

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Rugby enthusiasts around the country have a reason to be happy as they can now look forward to this years’ National Sevens Circuit set to start from late July to early November this year.

The circuit is a series of sevens a side competition taking places in various towns and cities in the country. It also brings together passionate rugby fans to mingle, have fun and of course enjoy some rugby.

Rugby in the country has grown popularity due to the National Sevens Circuit and the success of the Shujaa on the world stage.

This years’ schedule is as follows:

July 22, 2017- Mombasa Driftwood

July 29, 2017- Kabeberi Sevens, Nairobi

Sept 2, 2017- Prinsloo, Nakuru

Sept 9, 2017- Homeboyz

Sept 23, 2017- Christie, Quins

Sept 30, 2017- Dala Sevens, Kisumu

Nov 5, 2017- Safaricom Sevens, Nairobi

 

 

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Photo credit: Saddique Shaban

The Africa U20 Championship final was held on Sunday 23 April 2017 in Antananarivo Madagascar where Kenya U20 faced Namibia U20 with the latter emerging Champions having registered a 66-24 win.

Trailing 19-0 minutes in the first half, Chipu got on the scoreboard courtesy of flanker Stanley Isogol try with Henry Ayah adding the extras. Scoreboard then reading 19-7 to Namibia had Chipu attack the Namibia U20 resulting to another Kenya try through Victor Matiko with the conversion sailing wide. Moments to Half time, Namibia would extend their lead to 26-12.

Enter second half, Namibia got in two converted tries before Kenya bounced back with two tries by Stephen Keter and Charles Tendwa as Fullback Joshua Mwangi converted Tendwa's try. Namibia managed to drill in a try in between the two Kenyan tries as the scoreboard now read Chipu 24 - Namibia 47. Namibia's dominance saw them add 19 extra points bringing the score to 24-66 at full time.

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