A provisional Simbas squad has embarked on training ahead of November’s Cup of Nations in Hong Kong.  The Simbas, who finished second overall in the 2017 Africa Gold Cup, will face hosts Hong Kong, Russia and Chile in the tournament which runs from 10th to 18th November.

Provisional Simbas training squad: Moses Amusala, Curtis Lilako, Peter Karia (KCB), Dennis Karani (Resolution Impala Saracens), Wilson Kopondo (SportPesa Quins),Simon Muniafu, Eric Kerre (Resolution Impala Saracens), Davis Chenge,Martin Owilah (KCB), Samson Onsomu ( Resolution Impala Saracens), Isaac Adimo, Dennis Muhanji, David Ambunya (SportPesa Quins), Darwin Mukidza (KCB), Levi Amunga (Blak Blad), Henry Ayah (Top Fry Nakuru), Oscar Simiyu (KCB), George Nyambua (Kabras Sugar), Oliver Mang’eni (KCB), Lyle Asiligwa (SportPesa Quins), Jacob ojee (KCB), Tony Onyango (Menengai Cream Homeboyz), Leo Seje (Resolution Impala Saracens), Brad Owako (Mwamba), Biko Adema, Benjamin Marshall (Nondescripts), Frank Khalwale (SportPesa Quins), Alex Olaba, Elkeans Musonye (Strathmore Leos), James Kubasu (Resolution Impala Saracens), Stephen Otieno (Menengai Cream Homeboyz), Peter Kilonzo (KCB), Philip Ikambili (Menengai Cream Homeboyz), Michael Wanjala (KCB), Vincent Mose (Resolution Impala Saracens)

Meanwhile, a provisional 12 man Shujaa squad has also in been in non-residential training in Nairobi under Head Coach Innocent Simiyu ahead of the upcoming pre-season assignments in South Africa (Assupol Sevens) and Safari Sevens as well as a host international assignments which include the 2017/18 HSBC Sevens World Series,the 2018 Rugby World Cup Sevens in San Francisco, USA and the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia.

The twelve players in training are Andrew Amonde (KCB), Oscar Ayodi (Menengai Cream Homeboyz), Brian Tanga (Kabras Sugar), Frank Wanyama ( SportPesa Quins), Derrick Mayar, Sammy Oliech (Resolution Impala Saracens), Nelson Oyoo (Top Fry Nakuru), Billy Odhiambo (Mwamba), Dennis Ombachi (Nondescripts), Bush Mwale ( Menengai Cream Homeboyz) and Collins Injera ( Mwamba).

A full squad selection will be done at the close of the 2017 National Sevens Circuit.

 

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The Kenya Rugby Referee Society has announced the panel of match officials for the third round of the National Sevens Circuit, the Prinsloo Sevens, taking place at the Nakuru Athletic Club on 23rd/24th September.The elite panel, which will officiate the top tier competition in Nakuru comprises ten match officials namely Victor Oduor, Emmanuel Marete, Linus Kinuthia, Peter Leo,Beryl Akinyi, Nobert Bonyi, Constant Cap, Moses Ndung’u, David Ng’etich and Brian Kipkoech.

Division Two Match Officials: Douglas Ngetich, Noreen Liyosi,Abel Lagat,Innocent Kimathi,Jones Njulu,Vincent Muiruri,Bonfotra Alumasa,Kelvin Ndirangu,Mercy Dudi,Lawrence Ishuga,Ronnald Rop,Jack Adembesa

Technical Zone Officials: Peter Waweru,Cassandrah Marsh, Olivia Igwada,Ali Shire Mohammed,Nelly Nereah,Beatrice Mong’ina

Match Official Coaches DV1: Godwin Karuga,Damas Ogwe,Amos Wamanga DV2 Robert Dol,Simon Kiarie,Sammy Kariuki

Referee Manager: Lameck Ongati

 

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High School student Lawrence Ishuga embarks on a groundbreaking journey when the third round of the National Sevens Circuit, the Prinsloo Sevens, kicks off at the Nakuru Athletic Club on Saturday 23 September 2017.

The 16-year old form three student at Nakuru Day Secondary School  has been listed in the panel of  division two match officials for the two day tournament. He got involved with rugby six years ago as a player at the New Life School and was part of the TourAid U13 team that visited the United Kingdom a few years back.

His appointment is an almost unheard of feat given the fact that many of his peers would probably be jostling for positions on their representative school teams,watching the game from the sidelines or just engaged in routine teenage activity.

Ishuga comes highly rated, as illustrated by long serving match official and Nakuru rugby aficionado, Lameck Ongati, who says, “ Ishuga has come through the ranks, following through from the I also play referee  element of the Get Into Rugby program. He has embraced match officiating fully and continues to impress. He has attended officiating courses in Nakuru and Nairobi and possesses the temerity of referees way older than him. He will also start officiating schools fixtures in Nakuru, as well as conduct sessions with clubs within Nakuru. His future is bright.”

 

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The Kenya Rugby Union and Samurai have extended their kit deal for another three years, from 2017 to 2020.

Kenya Rugby Union CEO, Ronald Bukusi said “We are pleased to extend this important relationship with Samurai who are not just a sponsor but a real partner of the Kenya Rugby Union.”

 “Samurai are delighted that Kenya Rugby Union have decided to extend their contract with us and can’t wait to bring new and exciting designs to this well-respected union,”commented Samurai’s Executive Director Terry Sands.

The Multisport Teamwear brand's first partnership with the Kenya 7's team was signed back in November 2012.

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The Lionesses were seeded first at the close of the first day of the Africa Women’s Sevens in Monastir, Tunisia and will play Morocco in the first cup quarterfinal when day two action resumes on Sunday.

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Kenya women’s sevens head coach Kevin Wambua says his team will give it all they have got in the forthcoming Rugby Africa Women’s Sevens Championship as they look to replace South Africa as the region’s representative on the Women’s Rugby World Cup Sevens stage.

A dominant South Africa have competed at the two Women’s RWC Sevens tournaments held to date, at the inaugural event in 2009 and again in 2013, and will start as favorites to complete a hat-trick of appearances by qualifying as African champions.

While only the winner of the Rugby Africa Women’s Sevens Championship will progress to San Francisco next year, the top-two Commonwealth countries will qualify for the rugby sevens tournament at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Lionesses report a clean bill of health going into the two-day tournament and Mwema is confident that they will put their “best foot forward” in the Tunisian city of Monastir.

“Preparations have been good. We’ve been training for the past 11 weeks, and the team has responded well to their KPIs (Key Performance Indicators) and set targets and goals especially on skill development and strength and conditioning. We also had training camps to polish our patterns of play and technical approach. The girls are ready to take on the rest of Africa,” he said.

“Getting to the World Cup is very important to us, it’s the biggest sevens tournament there is and you get to rub shoulders and play with some of the best teams in the world”

Hopeful

At this stage, Wambua is reluctant to look beyond Pool B games against Zimbabwe, Senegal and Madagascar at the Rugby Africa Women’s Sevens

“Our focus is to top our pool first. We can’t talk about South Africa if we don’t win against Zimbabwe, Madagascar and Senegal. That said, scores against Kenya and South Africa have been pretty close of late, especially the 2016 Africa Cup where we lost by five points,” he said.

“There is a good positive vibe in camp and we have worked hard to polish up on our technical approach and the conditioning aspect of our game. The girls are definitely up for the challenge this time round. We are going to put our best foot forward and go for the win.''

“Getting to the World Cup is very important to us, it’s the biggest sevens tournament there is and you get to rub shoulders and play with some of the best teams in the world,” he added.

“Qualification will help build capacity in terms of awareness and encouraging more younger players to take up the sport. Besides, which rugby player doesn’t want to play in the World Cup?”

 

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The Kenya Rugby Union has restructured and rescheduled the National Sevens Circuit to accommodate the remaining rounds before the repeat presidential election set for Tuesday 17 October 2017. Consequently, the remaining rounds will be played on the following dates.

Round 3: Prinsloo Sevens, Nakuru, 23/24 September

Round 4: Sepetuka Sevens, Eldoret 30 September/1 October

Round 5: Dala Sevens, Kisumu, 7/8 October

Round 6: Christie Sevens, Nairobi, 14/15 October

The Dala Sevens, originally set for 21/22 October will now be played on 6/7 October in Kisumu while the Sepetuka Sevens will now be played on 30 September/1 October at the Eldoret Sports Club in Eldoret as the original venue in Ngong was not ready at the time of the last inspection.

With four tournaments in four weeks, and the importance given to player welfare, the Kenya Rugby Union has considered an amendment to Regulation 8 (a) of the Sevens Circuit manual which allows teams to submit squads of sixteen players per tournament,and four officials, one of whom must be a doctor/physiotherapist or nurse.

Additionally,team managers will be required to submit a team of twelve players for every match from the larger pool of sixteen submitted to the tournament. This list of twelve can be changed for other matches in the tournament.

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Head Coach Kevin Wambua has named a final 12-member squad that will travel to Tunisia  for this weekend’s Women’s Africa Cup Sevens which doubles up as the African qualifying round for next’s year’s Rugby World Cup Sevens in San Francisco, USA.

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Kabeberi Sevens champions Resolution Impala Saracens head into the third round of the National Sevens Circuit seeded first and headlining Pool A at the Prinsloo Sevens set for 23/24 September at the Nakuru Athletic Club. 

They will face it out with Nondescripts, hosts Top Fry Nakuru and Blak Blad for a berth in the cup quarterfinals. Current circuit leaders Menengai Oilers, beaten finalists at Kabeberi are in Pool B with SportPesa Quins, Mwamba and Western Bulls.

Pool C comprises Strathmore Leos, Menengai Cream Homeboyz, Mean Machine and Mombasa. Kabras, KCB,Catholic Monks and MKU Thika, division two winners at the Kabeberi Sevens round off Pool D.

Prinsloo Sevens Division 1

Pool A: Resolution Impala Saracens, Nondescripts, Top Fry Nakuru, Blak Blad

Pool B: Menengai Oilers, SportPesa Quins, Mwamba, Western Bulls

Pool C: Strathmore Leos, Menengai Cream Homeboyz, Mean Machine, Mombasa

Pool D: Kabras Sugar, KCB, Catholic Monks, MKU Thika

*The division two will be released in due course.

 

Comment

After exiting the Driftwood Sevens at the quarter final stage, all eyes were on Impala Saracens heading into the Kabeberi Sevens, with fans waiting to see if they would retain the trophy they won in 2016. They managed to retain it, but not after an illustrious two-day fight.

Impala started the tournament on a high, speeding past Catholic Monks in a 26-0 win but were stunned 21-7 by Blak Blad. In the loss, it was the Sarries who opened the scoring through Ian Minjire’s converted try before Blak Blad drew level with a converted try before Franz Obudo and Steve Biko landed converted tries to seal the upset result.

The Sarries however redeemed themselves in their final pool game match, overcoming the Oilers 15-12 to book a cup quarterfinal berth.

Quarters

Impala were paired with KCB in the quarterfinals but that did not stop them from storming into the finals. Ian Minjire and Anthony Nyandigisi were all on target to help their side to a convincing 17-0 victory over the Bankers.

Semis

The gazelles then  stunned pre-tournament favorites Kabras Sugar 24-15 in the semifinals on Sunday September 10 to keep their hopes of retaining the trophy alive. The only barrier that stood between them and the Kabeberi Sevens title was Menengai Oilers.

Finals

Impala Saracens eventually successfully retained with a 22-5 win over plucky Menengai Oilers in the cup final at the RFUEA Grounds.

Impala got off to a flying start, Mark Kwemoi’s initial break allowing Sammy Motari to receive the ball on the offload from Paul Mutsami to score at the corner.

Kwemoi landed Impala’s second, this try the result of a flowing counter attack after the Oilers lost possession deep in their opponent’s territory. The ensuing conversion seeing Oscar Osir’s charges up 12- 0. Mutsami, a handful all afternoon got his five pointer on the stroke of half time, Impala taking a 17-0 lead into the breather.

With the Sarries on the ropes, Ian Minjire intercepted and raced all of 75 meters to add Impala’s fourth try of the match, the Sarries with a commanding 22-0 lead over the Oilers.

Gibson Weru’s Oilers finally made possession count, slicing through the Impala defense to score at the death, a score that wasn’t enough as Impala mounted a successful title defense.

Congratulations Impala Saracens!!!

Pool Stage

Impala 26-0 Catholic Monks

Impala 7-21 Blak Blad

Impala 15-12Oilers

Quarters

Impala 17-0 KCB

Semis

Impala 24-15 Kabras Sugar

Finals

Impala  22-5 Oilers

 

 

 

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In their first match of the Kabeberi Sevens, Homeboyz RFC made their intentions well known with a 22-14 win over hosts Mwamba RFC On Saturday September 9 at the RFUEA Grounds.

Cyprian Kuto opened the scoring for the Deejays, scoring two quick tries which were converted unsuccessfully. Mwamba reduced the deficit towards halftime through Alex Aturo and the scores changed to 10-7.

Shortly after the restart, Jeffrey Oluoch registered a try to stretch Homeboyz lead to 15-7. The utility forward then completed his brace with another wonderful touchdown and Michael Wanjala repaid his hard work with a conversion to make the scores 22-7.

Horace Otieno raced to the try line in the dying minutes but his efforts were not enough to save Mwamba, with the match ending 22-14 in favor of Driftwood Sevens champions Homeboyz RFC.

 

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Fabian ” Rango”  Olando, Brian Tanga and Daniel Sikuta have been included in the Kabras Sugar squad to the second round of the National Sevens Circuit, the Kabeberi Sevens taking place at the RFUEA Ground on 9/10 September.

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Three Ugandan internationals are set to to make their National Sevens Circuit debut after being named in the SportPesa Quins squad for the Kabeberi Sevens scheduled for 9-10 September at the RFUEA Ground.

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Leaders Menengai Cream Homeboyz have  made three changes heading into this weekend’s National Sevens Circuit second round, the Kabeberi Sevens taking place at the RFUEA Ground in Nairobi on 9/10 September.

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Top Fry Nakuru  and Blak Blad have each unleashed their respective squads that will take part in this weekend's Kabeberi Sevens scheduled for 9-10 September at the RFUEA Grounds.

Top Fry Nakuru

Top Fry Nakuru have made two changes from the squad that reached the finals of last weekend's Driftwood Sevens, losing 17-7 to National Sevens Circuit champions Menengai Cream Homeboyz.

 Former Kenya Sevens trialist  and top try scorer at last year’s Nanyuki Sevens Gramwell Bunyasi is set to make his first appearance of the season alongside Collins Onyango. The duo come in for Davis Namusasi and Martin Muita

Blak Blad

For Blak Blad, Ian Obukwa and Teddy Okal have been included into the squad that took part in the Driftwood Sevens, with Stormy Odhiambo being the only omission.

The Kenyatta University side have also retained the seasoned trio of Levy Amunga, Moses Begi and Wesley Kidinga in their squad. 

Blak Blad reached the Challenge Trophy semifinals last weekend with a 26-7 win over KCA before losing out to KCB. They have been placed in Group C alongside  Catholic Monks,Menengai Oilers and Impala Saracens.

 

Top Fry Nakuru Squad: Philip owuor, Cassius Omollo, Monate Akwei, George Kimani, Walter Okoth, Geoff Ominde, Don Aluoch, Collins Onyango, Brian Maina, Kelvin Kioko, Crispin Onyango, Gramwell Bunyasi

Blak Blad Squad;  Steve Biko, Mark Ongayo, Wesley Kidinga, Franz Obudo, Levy Amunga, Brian Wahinya, Ivan Chebo, Dennis Mutethia, Klein Ongaki, Teddy Okal, Moses Begi, Steven Odhiambo, Ian Obukwa

 

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Impala Saracens and Nondies RFC have named their respective squads that will take part in this weekend's Kabeberi Sevens scheduled for 9-10 September at the RFUEA Grounds.

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The Kenya women’s sevens squad departed Nairobi on Wednesday morning for a five day residential camp in the coastal city of Mombasa ahead of the upcoming Women’s Africa Cup Sevens which takes place in Tunis, Tunisia on 16/17 September.

This year’s tournament will double up as the African qualifier for next year’s Rugby World Cup Sevens to be held in the USA from 20th to 22nd July. The Lionesses, multiple runners up at this tournament, have been grouped in Pool B of the tournament together with Zimbabwe, Senegal and Madagascar while defending champions South Africa headline Pool A which also features Uganda, Morocco and hosts Tunisia.

Head Coach Kevin Wambua is expected to name his final squad of 12 from the provisional squad of 20 currently in camp.

Lionesses provisional squad: Philadelphia Olando, Catherine Abilla, Celestine Masinde, Doreen Remour, Sheila Chajira, Janet Owino, Rachel Mbogo, Christabel Tata, Judith Auma, Diana Awino, Winnie Owino, Grace Adhiambo, Stacy Awuor, Sinaida Aura, Camilla Cynthia, Sarah Oluche, Sophie Ayieta, Linet Moraa, Janet Okello, Prisca Nyerere

 

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Kenya have been slotted in Pool B for this year’s Women’s Africa Cup Sevens that takes place in Tunisia on 16th/17th September.

The Lionesses have been grouped with Zimbabwe, Senegal and Madagascar while champions South Africa, Uganda, Morocco and hosts Tunisia are in Pool A.

This year’s competition doubles up as the African qualifying round for next year’s Rugby World Cup Sevens taking place in San Francisco, USA from July 20-22. Only one team will secure qualification to the global competition.

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Menengai Cream Homeboyz are seeded first for the second round of the National Sevens Cirucit, the George Mwangi Kabeberi Memorial Sevens taking place at the RFUEA Ground on 9/10 September.

The reigning circuit champions who started their campaign with cup final success at the season opening Driftwood Sevens in Mombasa on 3 September have been pooled with Nondies,hosts Mwamba and Daystar Falcons.

Pool B features Top Fry Nakuru who were last weekend’s losing finalists in Mombasa, SportPesa Quins, KCB and Resolution Kisii in what on paper is the tournament’s “pool of death” with the Menengai Oilers headlining Pool C where they are grouped with defending Kabeberi champions Resolution Impala Saracens,Blak Blad and the Catholic Monks.

Pool D comprises last weekend’s surprise package Mean Machine, Kabras Sugar and  Makueni who are in the top tier this weekend by virtue of winning the Division 2 Cup final at the Driftwood Sevens last weekend.

Kabeberi Sevens Pools:

Pool A: Menengai Cream Homeboyz, Nondescripts, Mwamba, Daystar Falcons

Pool B: Top Fry Nakuru, SportPesa Quins, KCB, Resolution Kisii

Pool C: Menengai Oilers, Resolution Impala Saracens, Blak Blad, Catholic Monks

Pool D: Mean Machine, Kabras Sugar, Strathmore Leos, Makueni

 

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Defending circuit champions Homeboyz led the big guns in reaching the cup quarters, posting a 36-7 win over Western Bulls in their second Pool A encounter. The results was good enough to see them accumulate 8 points and a guarantee of a top two position with a game to spare.

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Kenya Rugby Referee Society Chairman Mwangi Karimi has termed the just concluded Match Officials High Performance Course a success. This course which ran for two days between 31st August and 1 September was facilitated by World Rugby match official and High Performance Consultant Fhatuwani “ Rasta” Rasivhenge.

He said, “The concept of high performance for us as Kenya Rugby Referee Society has always been in the pipeline. Our intention was to develop used to be referred to as the forgotten baby within Kenya Rugby infrastructure. All along we have seen the development of the majority of national squad members in terms of pedigree.For us as KRRS the plan was to get somebody who has been there…on the world stage and we were privileged to have Rasta with us. He officiated in Kenya during his formative years and has risen up the international officiating rankings. Having him around is not only inspirational for the young guys who are coming up but is also good for us as KRRS.”

Commenting on the course in particular, Karimi said, “We also want to use this platform to develop our officials. The referees have picked up key learnings, they should start operating on a different level. It is however a process that will take time but overall it is a step in the right direction and we will get the refined product in the long run.I would like to term this course a success, the referees have picked up

 

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Mean Machine pulled off a surprise win on day one of the Driftwood Sevens, registering a 7-5 win over fancied Impala Saracens on Saturday September 2 at the Mombasa Sports Club.

Ian Minjire's try for Impala was cancelled out by David Omundo's on the opposite end before Kelvin Oluoch's conversion locked an important win for Mean Machine.

On their side, National Sevens Circuit defending champions Menengai Cream Homeboyz kicked off the Driftwood Sevens with a 27-5 Pool A win over Blak Blad. Top Fry Nakuru started their campaign with a 12-0 win over Western Bulls, with SportPesa Quins, KCB, Nondies and Kabras also notching wins on the first day of the tournament.

Latest Results

Menengai Cream Homeboyz 27 Blak Blad 5

Top Fry Nakuru 12 Western Bulls 0

SportPesa Quins 17 Menengai Oilers 7

Mwamba 17 Resolution Kisii 17

Resolution Impala 5 Mean Machine 7

KCB 25 Mombasa 7

Strathmore 12 Nondies 17

Kabras 17 KCA 0

 

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Four foreign whistlers Trust Chizikani and Michael Zvakavapano from Zimbabwe as well as the Ugandan duo of Collins “ Kerekere”  Mulindwa and Saida Adiru will be among the match officials at the opening round of the 2017 National Sevens Circuit, the Driftwood Sevens which takes place at the Mombasa Sports Club on 2nd and 3rd September.

Commenting on their inclusion in the tournament’s officiating panel, Kenya Rugby Referee Society Secretary Alfred Okwemba said, “This is a new initiative that the KRRS is conducting in collaboration with other refereeing bodies in Uganda and Zimbabwe as we seek to jointly expose and build the capacity of our match officials. They will definitely bring a different feel but will also pick up valuable lessons and we look to continue building these kinds of partnerships going forward.”

 

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SportPesa Quins launched their sevens campaign by unveiling their (2017-18) home and away kit at the Kenya Harlequin Clubhouse on Thursday 31st August. The exciting kit sees Quins return to their quintessential home quarters borrowed from our affiliates London Harlequins. Both Harlequins’ home and away replicas are now on sale at the Quins online and offline stores.

Quins have had quite an active pre-season with a series of training games against Homeboyz, Mwamba, Nondies, Daystar Falcons and even the Kenya Lionesses. Preparations have gone well for both S&C and technically and we are looking forward to the beginning of the 2017 National Sevens Circuit.

“I have lots of expectations to this team this season and one of them is to become champion of the National Sevens Series after coming in second last year” Quins Team Manager Jimmy Mnene told Quins Media.  “The teams at the highest level win the most. Skill equals success. No day is or game is ever the same, the team that adapts first wins and those are some of the aspects that both 7s head coach Joash Odhalo and coach Joseph Kangethe are working on. Merit, fitness and skills level have been the only factors used in narrowing down the team, added the TM.

As the 7s season kicks off with Driftwoods, Quins, captained by Eric Shikuku and assisted by Kenya Internationals Tony Mutai and Eden Agero, focus is firing our cylinders from the first tournament by being efficient and executing what we have worked on. We are in an explosive Pool (B) with Mwamba, Oilers and Kisii rugby teams.

“For Driftwoods Quins is in one of the tougher pools and we are very aware of the 7s rivalry between us and Mwamba especially with both teams having celebrated Kenya 7s players. Oilers have also come off an impressive 15s season and could be the bogey team in our pool. Kisii may look like the underdogs in this pool but always surprise us and they have individuals who can change games. We are out to top the pool and are not taking any game lightly as we are out to defend the trophy” reiterated 7s coach Joash Odhalo.

 

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Simbas vice-captain Darwin Mukidza is well aware of the task that lies ahead of them but is adamant that they will up their intensity so as to overcome Hong Kong. The second test for the Simbas will be on Saturday August 26 at the RFUEA Grounds from 16:00.

In the first test, Dennis Muhanji's touchdown and Andola's consequent conversion at the death rallied the Simbas to a 19-19 draw with the Dragons to set up an exciting second test.  

“We expect them to play as they did on Sunday but we are planning to raise our intensity and see how it goes from there as we are similarly matched. The team that shows up on the day will take this encounter,” said the Simbas utility back.

 

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Wilson Kopondo has resumed his captaincy role as Simbas unleashed a strong squad to take on Hong Kong in the second test scheduled for Saturday 26 August at the RFUEA Grounds.

Some of the players who played in Simbas 19-19 draw with Hong Kong in the first test and have been relegated to the bench include Vincent Mose, Dennis Muhanji Oscar Simiyu, Dennis Karani, Oliver Mangeni, , Lyle Asiligwa, Philip Ikambili and George Nyambua  who was the captain.

The above mentioned ones have been replaced by first team members like Moses Amusala, Joshua Chisanga, Darwin Mukidza and KCB flanker Davies Chenge.

Making his debut on Saturday will be KCB center Peter Kilonzo who has been teamed up with  Impala's Leo Seje in midfield. 

Simbas squad

15. Tony Onyango, 14. Darwin Mukidza, 13. Peter KIlonzo (debut), 12. Leo Seje, 11. Jacob Ojee, 10. Isaac Adimo, 9. Samson Onsomu, 1. Moses Amusala, 2. Peter Karia, 3. Curtis Lilako, 4. Wilson Kopondo (captain), 5. Simon Muniafu, 6. Erick Kerre, 7. Davis Chenge, 8. Joshua Chisanga 

Replacements: 16. Philip Ikambili, 17.Oscar Simiyu, 18. Dennis Karani, 19. Oliver Mang’eni, 20. George Nyambua, 21. Lyle Asiligwa, 22. Dennis Muhanji, 23. Vincent Mose

 

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The Kenya Rugby Referee Society will host a High Performance course in Mombasa ahead of next month’s Driftwood Sevens. This course, which runs from 31st August to 1st September will be facilitated by South African match official and World Rugby High Performance consultant Rasta Rasivhenge.

Referee Rasta Rasivhenge speaks to Jaques Potgieter of the Blue Bulls during the Absa Currie Cup match between Blue Bulls and Cheetahs at Loftus Versfeld on 22 September 2012©/BackpagePix

This course will be attended by 14 High Performance match officials and 10 match official coaches.

KRRS Secretary Alfred Okwemba said, “The purpose of the course is to instill consistency in officiating calls.  We will then use the Driftwood Sevens as a platform to see the match officials in action.“

 

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Referee Fhatuwani “Rasta” Rasivhenge will be in charge of Saturday’s second test between Kenya and Hong Kong at the RFUEA Ground. The match is slated for Saturday August 26, 2017.

The South African has been a regular on the Sevens World Series since 2011 and joined the Super Rugby referees’ roster in 2016.

The first match test between Kenya and Hong Kong ended all square, 19-19 after eighty minutes of play at Nairobi’s RFUEA Ground.

 

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The Kenya Rugby Union will conduct Match Official refresher courses during the National Sevens Series. KRU Training and Education Co-ordinator George Ndemi said, “The courses will target level 1 & 2 referees running games at every leg of the series on the eve of the series tournaments. We will then use the last of the series to assess and accredit them.”

“The key aim of these courses is to further impart knowledge and increase the pool of match officials, particularly with level 2 and 3 qualifications, “ he added.

Comment

A core group of five referees have been selected for this season’s National Sevens Series.

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Sunday’s test between Kenya and Hong Kong has been brought forward from 4.00pm to 3.00pm. 

Meanwhile, advance tickets for this fixture are now on sale. Regular advance tickets cost Ksh 400, VIP advance tickets cost Ksh 1000 while it cost Ksh 500 at the gate on game day.

These tickets can be purchased via M-Pesa paybill 557163 account KEvHK

 

Comment

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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