Six amendments to the Laws of Rugby will come into effect from November when the Kenyan season gets underway with the pre-season Floodlit tournament and the National leagues thereafter. Local teams have been encouraged to seek clarification from trainers and educators.

The amendments,passed by World Rugby’s Executive Committee in July 2017,relate to the scrum (Law 20) and tackle/ruck (Laws 15 and 16), are aimed at making the game simpler to play and referee as well as further promoting player welfare. They have been approved following extensive game data analysis as well as player, coach, match official and union feedback from the tournaments in which these six aspects of law were trialed.

The six law amendments will now join the scheduled global law trial programme, completing a total package of 11 aspects of law, and will debut in full from 1 August, 2017 in the northern hemisphere and from 1 January, 2018 in the south.

 The six aspects of law approved to join the global trial programme are:

 1. Law 20.5 and 20.6 (d) 

No signal from referee. The scrum-half must throw the ball in straight but is allowed to align their shoulder on the middle line of the scrum, therefore allowing them to stand a shoulder width towards their own side of the middle line.

Rationale: To promote scrum stability, a fair contest for possession while also giving the advantage to the team throwing in (non-offending team).

 2. Law 20.9 (b) Handling in the scrum – exception

The number eight shall be allowed to pick the ball from the feet of the second-rows. 

Rationale: To promote continuity.

 3. Law 20.8 (b) Striking after the throw-in

Once the ball touches the ground in the tunnel, any front-row player may use either foot to try to win possession of the ball. One player from the team who put the ball in must strike for the ball.

Sanction: Free-kick

Rationale: To promote a fair contest for possession.

4. Law 15.4 (c)

The tackler must get up before playing the ball and then can only play from their own side of the tackle “gate”.

Rationale: To make the tackle/ruck simpler for players and referees and more consistent with the rest of that law.

 5. Law 16 Ruck

A ruck commences when at least one player is on their feet and over the ball which is on the ground (tackled player, tackler). At this point the offside lines are created. Players on their feet may use their hands to pick up the ball as long as this is immediate. As soon as an opposition player arrives, no hands can be used.

Rationale: To make the ruck simpler for players and referees.

 6. Law 16.4: Other ruck offences

A player must not kick the ball out of a ruck. The player can only hook it in a backwards motion.

Sanction: Penalty

Rationale: To promote player welfare and to make it consistent with scrum law.

 The six new aspects of law were part of the original 2015 laws review process, and were recommended to move to closed trial to provide a further analysis opportunity before global trial could be considered.

 These closed trials were operational at this year’s World Rugby U20 Championship, World Rugby Nations Cup, World Rugby Pacific Challenge, Americas Rugby Championship and Oceania Rugby U20 Championship, with positive outcomes:

 Scrum outcomes: 

More ball coming back into play with fewer penalties and fewer collapses

The ball was thrown in without delay, with scrums continuing to be stable prior to throw-in

No collapses occurred by the number eight picking the ball up from under the second rows 

Tackle outcomes:  

Feedback indicated that the tackle was easier to referee with more clearly defined offside lines and tacklers not interfering with the quality of the ball with more players on their feet allowing counter rucking.

 A comprehensive analysis was undertaken by the specialist Laws Review Group, the Scrum Steering Group, considering detailed and highly-positive union, player and match official feedback, before the recommendations were approved by the Rugby Committee and subsequently the Executive Committee. The trials were also considered at the high performance match officials and coaches meeting earlier this year. 

 World Rugby Chairman Bill Beaumont said: “World Rugby continually reviews the laws to ensure that the game is as enjoyable, simple and safe as possible at all levels. I would like to thank our unions for their full support throughout the process, the experts who evaluated the closed trial data and look forward to seeing the full results of the global trial.” 

 Rugby Committee Chairman John Jeffrey added: “These law amendments are designed to improve the experience of those playing and watching the game at all levels and to avoid negative play where possible. The results of the closed trials were highly-encouraging with more ball out from the scrum, fewer penalties and better stability, which has a player welfare benefit too.”

 Implementation this year will enable at least a year of evaluation before the moratorium on law amendment begins a year out from Rugby World Cup 2019. 

Law Review Group members: Alain Rolland; Rhys Jones; Mark Harrington (all World Rugby); Nigel Melville (RFU); Ben Whitaker (ARU); David Nucifora (IRFU); Didier Retiere (FFR); Dave Rennie (NZR), Francesco Ascione (FIR); Rachael Burford (IRPA); Chris Paterson (SRU); Pablo Bouza (UAR); Paul Adams (WRU); Chean Roux (SARU). Previous inputs within the process include Paul O’Connell (IRPA); Eddie Jones (RFU); Nigel Whitehouse (WRU) and Dr Martin Raftery (World Rugby).

 

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The countdown to this year’s  Mwamba RFC’s George Mwangi Kabeberi Memorial Sevens has officially kicked off  in earnest! This year’s edition will be held on  September 9-10 at the RFUEA Grounds, Ngong Road with tickets to this must-see event going on sale at later this week, with a dedicated alcohol-free area in a section of the stadium yet again providing value for families.

The George Mwangi Kabeberi Memorial Sevens, popularly known as the Kabeberi Sevens, was first played in 1986 to commemorate the passing away of the charismatic George Mwangi Kabeberi, one of the founding members of the Mwamba club. Over the years, the significance of the tournament has been expanded to honour departed club members, including recently departed Leeroy Okara, Absalom “Bimbo” Mutere, Abedeen Shikoyi, and Jimmy Owino and lately Victor Wayodi among others.

Ticket prices and their availability will be announced soon.

“Kabeberi Sevens  is regarded as one of the best sevens leg on the National Sevens Series  and we aim to improve the experience every year,” said the tournament director Anthony Karanja.

“Feedback we’ve received has indicated a strong need for a ‘family experience’ which is why we shall  block out a section of the stadium as an alcohol-free zone, with the Kiddies Village there to provide entertainment for the little ones during the day - free of charge. One section  will be the party stand again and we’re excited to see what fun ways fans will come up with to show their support for their teams and the other teams in action,” he added.

The start of the 2017 National Sevens Series was  pushed to September due to the just concluded Kenya General Elections. Consequently, the Driftwood Sevens, which was supposed to get the sevens season underway on 22nd/23rd  July will  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.

 

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Kabras’ Sugar’s George Nyambua has been handed the captaincy role for Simbas'  first test against Hong Kong on Sunday August 20, 2017 at the RFUEA Grounds.

This is as six players are on course to make their full international debuts after being included in Sunday's matchday squad. The six are James Kubasu, Philip Ikambili, Emmanuel Mavala, Elkeans Musonye, Brad Owako and Alex Olaba. Benjamin Marshall might also make his debut for the Simbas from the bench.

The squad is massively different from the one that played Zimbabwe and Namibia a fortnight ago, with seventeen changes having been made in the team which has seen some players return to the national team. Some of the returnees are Oliver Mang’eni, Biko Adema,  Ronnie Mwenesi and Vincent Mose

Simbas 15. Vincent Mose, 14. Dennis Muhanji, 13. Patrice Agunda, 12. Brad Owako, 11. Alex Olaba, 10. Biko Adema, 9.Lyle Asigilwa, 1. James Kubasu, 2. Philip Ikambili, 3. Dennis Karani, 4. Emmanuel Mavala, 5. Oliver Mang’eni, 6. Elkeans Musonye, 7. George Nyambua (captain), 8. Edwin Machanje Replacements 16. Peter Karia, 17. Oscar Simiyu, 18. Bram Mayaka, 19. Ronnie Mwenesi, 20. Steve Otieno, 21. Sam Onsomu, 22. Kenny Andola, 23. Benjamin Marshall.

Read also: Global Law Amendments Adopted By Kenya Rugby Ahead Of 2017/18 Season

 

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Tickets for Sunday's test between Kenya and Hong Kong at the RFUEA Ground are now on sale.

 Regular advance tickets cost Ksh 400 with limited advance VIP tickets going for Ksh 1000 while regular tickets will cost Ksh 500 at the gate on match day.

The advance tickets can obtained on M-Pesa Paybill 557163 Account Name: KEvHK or http://www.tikiti.co.ke/geteventfinal/123

This match kicks off at 4.00pm EAT (9.00pm HKT)

Simbas to play in Hong Kong Cup of Nations

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Kenya’s participation at the Hong Kong Cup of Nations has been confirmed by the Kenya Rugby Union who received an official invite from the event organizers last week  .

The competition set for November 10-18, will see the Simbas come up against defending champions Russia, currently ranked 21st in the world, hosts Hong Kong who sit 24th globally and 28th ranked Chile.

The competition, which replaced the HKRU’s autumn international test series has been played since 2015 with Russia emerging victorious in the two editions held since then. Other teams that have featured in the competition include Zimbabwe, Portugal and Papua New Guinea.

The Simbas, who finished second at the recent Africa Gold Cup, are currently preparing for a two match test series against Hong Kong in Nairobi on 20th and 26th August.

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Geoffrey Kimani has been re-appointed Kenya Sevens Strength and Conditioning Coach for a third stint. Kim’s two spells were from 2008-2011 and 2015/16 alongside previous Head Coach Benjamin Ayimba and will now link up with Head Coach Innocent Simiyu. His most recent assignment was with Uganda Rugby, handling the Rugby Sevens Cranes in the same capacity at the World Series qualifiers in Hong Kong in April this year.

Meanwhile, Will Webster has also been appointed as assistant coach. He was part of the Shujaa setup during the 2016/17 season, serving as a Performance Anaylst.

Shujaa are set to start their preparations for their upcoming 2017/18  campaigns  which include the Safari Sevens, the HSBC Sevens World Series, the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia and the Rugby World Cup Sevens in San Francisco, USA.

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Trailing 14-0 at the interval, the Simbas succumbed to a 45-7 loss to Namibia at the Hage Geingob Stadium in Windhoek on Saturday 29 July 2017.

After a feisty start by the Kenyans, it was the hosts who went ahead through David Philander with Clive Loubser converting for a 7-0. The match would come to a close contest but the Namibians punished a Kenyan error, Chrys Botha touching down with Loubser adding the extras for a 14-0 lead. The Simbas would take the game to the hosts towards the close of this half, failing to make use of their possession despite camping in the Namibian 22.

The Namibians extended their lead after the interval, Loubser landing an unconverted try for a 19-0 score before converting inside center J.C Greyling’s try for a 26-0 score.

The Simbas kept in touch, Moses Amusala barging over the whitewash with Darwin Mukidza converting to bring the score to 26-7 before the Namibians ran in 19 unanswered points through Philander, Cassy Viviers and Les Klim, Loubser drilling home two conversions for the 45-7 full time score.

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Kenya will take the match against Namibia seeking a win and have a chance at lifting the Rugby Africa Gold Cup in the top of the table clash in Windhoek on Saturday afternoon.

Speaking at the team hotel in Windhoek on Friday morning, head Coach Jerome Paarwater said, " It's our last game tomorrow against Namibia, it is like a final. It's going to be a tough game and we will approach it like a final.  We don't have a great record in Namibia and want to put up a good performance this time."

The Simbas remained unchanged from last weekend's 41-22 win over Zimbabwe in Bulawayo as they face hosts Namibia in Saturday's Rugby Africa Gold Cup decided at Windhoek's Hage Geingob Stadium.

Wilson Kopondo will captain the squad from second row where he will partner Simon Muniafu. 

Simbas Name Squad To Face Namibia In Crucial Tie

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The Kenya Simbas have retained the squad that registered a victory against Zimbabwe in Nairobi a fortnight ago to face Namibia in a crucial tie set to be played on Saturday 29 July 2017 at the Hage Geinghob stadium in Windhoek.

Simbas will be seeking a win with bonus points away from home to crowned winners of the Africa Gold Cup. A loss on Saturday will however deprive them of the much needed title, with Namibia heading into the match as the clear favourites having won all their four matches.

Below is the squad for the Simbas and Kenya’s record against Namibia in the previous meetings:

Kenya Simbas team:

15.Tony Onyango(Menengai Cream Homeboyz), 14. Darwin Mukidza (KCB), 13. David Ambunya(SportPesa Quins), 12. Leo Seje(Resolution Impala Saracens), 11. Jacob Ojee(KCB), 10. Isaac Adimo(SportPesa Quins), 9. Samson Onsomu(Resolution Impala Saracens), 1. Moses Amusala(KCB), 2. Peter Karia(KCB), 3. Curtis Lilako(KCB), 4. Wilson Kopondo (SportPesa Quins,Captain), 5. Simon Muniafu(Resolution Impala Saracens), 6. Eric Kerre( Resolution Impala Saracens), 7. Davis Chenge (KCB), 8. Joshua Chisanga (Newcastle Falcons) Replacements 16. Philip Ikambili (Menengai Cream Homeboyz), 17. Oscar Simiyu (KCB), 18. Bramwell Mayaka (Menengai Cream Homeboyz), 19. George Nyambua (Kabras Sugar), 20. Martin Owila (KCB), 21. Lyle Asiligwa (SportPesa Quins), 22. Kenny Andola (KCB), 23. Dennis Muhanji (SportPesa Quins)

Kenya vs Namibia previous meetings:
 

2016 Namibia 56-21 Kenya
 2015 Namibia 46-13 Kenya
 2014 Kenya 26 – 12 Namibia
 2013 Namibia 55 – 35 Kenya
 2006 Kenya 30 – 26 Namibia
 2006 Namibia 84 – 12 Kenya
 2004 Namibia 65 – 7 Kenya
 2003 Kenya 10 – 32 Namibia
 1993 Kenya 9 – 60 Namibia

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SportPesa Harlequins have released a list of 25 players that will head into camp ahead of the new National Sevens Circuit that is scheduled to begin in September 2017.

Newly named captain Patrice Agunda will skipper the side that has Kenya Sevens speedsters Eden Agero and Frank Wanyama.

Others who have made the cut are Pius Shiundu, Tony Mutai, Edward Shitanda, Brian Okwomi, Harry Asena, Dennis Atieno, Eric Shikuku and Frank Khalwale.

Ginton Adongo is in line to make his Sevens debut after joining from Strathmore alongside former Nondies’ winger Brian Beckham. Joash Odhalo will coach the side as Quins’ seek to better their last season’s performance that saw them finish second. The 2017 National Sevens Circuit kicks off with Driftwood 7s where Quins will go as defending champions before action returns to RFUEA grounds for Mwamba’s Kabeberi 7s

Full Squad: Patrice Agunda (C), Brian Okwomi, Jared Owinyo, Frank Wanyama, Hillary Baraza, Kevin Angote, Edward Shitanda, Edwin Okemwa, Frank Khalwale, Herman Humwa, Tony Mutai, Roxy Suchi, Godfrey Okoth, Eric Shikuku, Brian Beckham, Eden Agero, Max Theuri, Xavier Kipngetich, Stanley Lunani, Ginton Adongo, Pius Shiundu, Kelly Akengó, Harry Asena, Dennis Otieno, Alex `Jamin’Baraza.

 

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The KRU Affiliates met on Saturday 22nd July to discuss the proposed 2017/18 calendar at the KRU Grounds. In attendance were the KRU Honorary Secretary General,Oduor Gangla, the Director in charge of Fixtures, Moses Ndale, Director in charge of the National Squads Ian Mugambi, KRU Fixtures and Competitions Administrator Martin Ngunjiri, The KRRS Secretary Alfrd Okwemba and the Kenya Sevens Head Coach Innocent Simiyu.

As per the laid down Agenda, they agreed on the following:
•Kenya Cup in the 2017-2018 Season be played in a one off format to accommodate the late start of the 7s and the early kick off of the 2018 Kenya 15s International Season.
•Championship in the 2017-2018 Season will retain the 2 conferences format. 6 Teams on each Conference to play home and away within their conferences and a one off against each team of the other conference.
•In the 2018-2019 Season Kenya Cup will go back to the 2 Conferences format.

 In the KRRS Action plans, the secretary mentioned the following:
•There’s been an increase in the number of Elite referees from 6 to 12. He accredited this to the HP camps and trainings that have been held in the last one year.
•Requested that all players acquire the level one coaching. The purpose of this is so that they are also aware of the rules of the game and they are able to observe and practice them when on the pitch.

The club representatives urged the Society to ensure the referees in charge of a match control how they handle the game and the Club Managers were asked to also control how they handle themselves in the sidelines while watching a match.

The Kenya 7s selection criteria as presented by Innocent Simiyu and the feedback given by the Club representatives were as follows.
•The Kenya Sevens Head Coach Innocent Simiyu presented the criteria he would use to select his 2017/2018 team to the affiliates.
•He intended work with a pool of 15 players who are already in the set up and then later include another set of 15 who’ll be selected during the local circuit.
•The members were however in disagreement of this and have asked the Director of Nationals Squads together with the Head Coach to find another approach within 10 days

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The Kenya Simbas have risen up one place in the latest standings released by the World Rugby on Monday July 25, 2017.

The Kenya 15s team who now have  58.22 points were ranked 26th but have leapfrogged Portugal to sit in position 25,with the latter occupying Simbas previous position. The rise has mainly been attributed to their 41-22 win over Zimbabwe in Bulawayo last weekend.

As a result of the loss, Zimbabwe have slid down one place to 36th overall with 50.12 points. Jerome Paarwater's charges will have a chance to further rise in the rankings when they face Africa Gold Cup leaders Namibia in Windhoek on Saturday July 28.

Namibia, who were 48-24 winners over Uganda last weekend retained 21st place with 60.73 points. In the world, New Zealand still top the charts with 94.78 points while England are second with 90.14 points.

Ireland (85.39), Australia (84.63) and South Africa (84.16) sum up the top five. The other countries in top ten are Scotland (82.47), Wales (81.73), France (79.63), Argentina (79.50) and Fiji (79.48) in that order.

 

 

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The rugby fraternity in Kenya was left in shock after getting news that KCB Rugby Club player James Kilonzo passed away on Monday evening. James was fatally wounded after being shot during a robbery as he withdrew money at a mobile money outlet in Kasarani, Nairobi.

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Almost thirteen years to the day since their last appearance in Bulawayo, the Simbas slaughtered Zimbabwe with a comprehensive 41-22 win in Rugby Africa Gold Cup action at the Hartsfield Ground on Saturday 22 July 2017.

Darwin Mukidza booted Kenya ahead with a penalty before nippy Hilton Mudariki, attacking from the base, prized open the Simbas defense to touch down with Tich Makwanya converting for a 7-3 Sables lead.

The hosts were enjoying territory and possession, the Simbas reduced to a purr, and largely backpedallingbefore inching forward, Peter Karia’s offload setting up Sam Onsomu for the try under the sticks, Mukidza converting for a 10-7 score.

The Zims, ever dangerous with ball in hand retook the lead when Takudzwa Kumadiro went over at the right hand corner for his sixth try of the championship as the hosts now led 12-10.

The Simbas started to see more of the ball, first electing to find touch after Zimbabwe had been penalized. They kept possession from the ensuing lineout and rolling maul, Davis Chenge going over with Mukidza’s conversion giving the Kenyans a 17-12 lead at the break.

Moses Amusala opened Simbas’ second half account, going over with Mukidza converting to make it 24-12 but the Sables responded through Makwanya’s penalty and Daniel Caspopoulous converted try to come to within two points as they continued to dominate possession.

As was the case in the first half, Simba were slow to settle into a rhythm but did so, after surviving incessant pressure from the hosts. Martin Owila scored off the maul, Mukikdza converting for a 31-22 score before Wilson Kopondo exploited static Zim defending, carrying the ball 20 meters, eventually going over with Mukidza responding  with the obligatory conversion, Kenya leading 38-22 before sealing the win with penalty for the full time score.

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Zimbabwe have named their squad to face the Kenya Simbas in a Rugby Africa Gold Cup set to be played on Saturday July 22, 2017. The clash which kicks off at 16:30 will be played at the Hartsfield Grounds in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe.

The Sables, who came agonizingly close to defeating Namibia, falling 26-31 in Windhoek, have in their ranks veteran lock Jacques Leitao, Fortunate Chipendo and their leading try scorer in this year’s competition, Takudzwa Kumadiro as they seek to erase the memories of last year’s 61-15 loss to the Simbas in Harare.

Zimbabwe Squad
 15. Lenience Tambwera, 14. Takudzwa Kumadiro, 13. Daniel Caspopoulous, 12. Gavin Nyawata, 11. Stephan Hunduza, 10. Tichafara Makwanya, 9. Hilton Mudariki, 1. Denford Mutamangira, 2.Tolerance Zishe, 3. Lawrence Cleminson, 4. Brian Nyaude, 5. Fortune Chipendo, 6. Jacques Leitao, 7. Connor Pritchard, 8. Njabulo Ndlovu Replacements 16. Royal Mwale, 17. Irvine Nduwa, 18. David Makanda, 19. Bisele Tshamala, 20. Takudzwa Mandiwaza, 21.Scotty Jones, 22. Ngoni Chibuwe, 23. Tadius Daznadiwanzira

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The Kenya Simbas have released the squad that will face Zimbambe in their fourth Rugby Africa Gold Cup match at the Hartsfield Stadium in Bulawayo on Saturday July 22,2017.

KCB's Jacob Ojee has been included in the starting lineup after being declared fit to play. There were concerns over his fitness when he was substituted the first half of last weekend’s clash against Senegal but has since recovered sufficiently to return to the team.

Bramwell Mayaka has also been reinstated into the team will cover the front row in place of Dennis Karani who is out of the squad due to academic commitments. 

Meanwhile, lock Oliver Mang’eni will link up with the side for the Namibia clash. Mang’eni missed the last two fixtures against Tunisia and Senegal due to personal and work commitments.

 

Simbas squad to face Zimbabwe

15.Tony Onyango(Menengai Cream Homeboyz), 14. Darwin Mukidza (KCB), 13. David Ambunya(SportPesa Quins), 12. Leo Seje(Resolution Impala Saracens), 11. Jacob Ojee(KCB), 10. Isaac Adimo(SportPesa Quins), 9. Samson Onsomu(Resolution Impala Saracens), 1. Moses Amusala(KCB), 2. Peter Karia(KCB), 3. Curtis Lilako(KCB), 4. Wilson Kopondo (SportPesa Quins,Captain), 5. Simon Muniafu(Resolution Impala Saracens), 6. Eric Kerre( Resolution Impala Saracens), 7. Davis Chenge (KCB), 8. Joshua Chisanga (Newcastle Falcons) Replacements 16. Philip Ikambili (Menengai Cream Homeboyz), 17. Oscar Simiyu (KCB), 18. Bramwell Mayaka (Menengai Cream Homeboyz), 19. George Nyambua (Kabras Sugar), 20. Martin Owila (KCB), 21. Lyle Asiligwa (SportPesa Quins), 22. Kenny Andola (KCB), 23. Dennis Muhanji (SportPesa Quins). 

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

 

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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

 

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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

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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

 

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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..

 

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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

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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).

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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).

 

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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.

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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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