A meeting between the Kenya Rugby Union and its stakeholders was held in Nairobi on Saturday 25 February 2017.
The meeting, held at the RFUEA Ground in Nairobi, discussed the organization’s draft strategic plan for the 2016-2021 cycle.
KRU Honorary Secretary Oduor Gangla gave an overview of the strategic plan as well as some of the steps being taken by the organization to among other things creating a register of certified coaching personnel.
“Player welfare has to be the start of everything we do…we must look after our key resource. We are working on improving our processes, procedures and engagements and the same challenge has to trickle down to the clubs,” he added.
Chief Executive Officer Ronald Bukusi said the KRU is in the process of creating a professional operating environment, saying, “It is a state of mind. We really have to change our approach to how we approach the game, we’ve got to be professionals in how we do things.”
John Kilonzo, a KRU board member, called upon affiliates and stakeholders to take ownership of the draft document, saying, “let us own the document. It is ours, let us correct it and as time goes by we will have a perfect document that speaks to all of us.
Also in attendance were KRU Vice Chairman Thomas Opiyo, board member Rajinder Sembi as well as representatives from KRU affiliates including Egerton’s Collins Omogo who urged the Union to work with universities in identifying and nurturing talent.Add a comment Read more...
After seeing his side climb to an all time high world ranking of 22 in August last year, Simbas Head Coach Jerome Paarwater is looking at even better peformances during the 2017 international calendar.
Talking to Kenya Rugby after taking the team through training on Saturday, Paarwater said,“The plan for us this year is obviously to do well, the aim is to do better than last year. Last year we lost one test to Namibia, that is our biggest challenge at the moment. Our expectations are very high, that is the standard in the Simbas.”
We need to be at another level with next year’s World Cup qualifiers in mind. No one can afford to rest on their laurels. This group of players will continue to work and we also have to look at some of the sevens players who were part of the fifteens. We still need to include them once they are through with the series. We want to give everyone an opportunity. There are a lot of test matches, that is why we have a big squad of players so that we know there is back up. Your back up players must be as strong as your starting team. “
The Simbas, now ranked 24th globally, have a busy calendar that starts with their Elgon Cup defense away to Uganda on 10 June, before playing the Rugby Cranes in the return leg a fortnight later, a result that doubles up as the opening round of the Africa Gold Cup where they also face fixtures against Tunisia, Senegal, Zimbabwe and Namibia. They will also play a two match test against Hong Kong in Nairobi in August.
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The Kenya Rugby Union and key stakeholders will meet on Saturday to discuss the organization’s draft strategic plan for the 2016-2021 cycle.
The plan sets out targets to be attained by 2021 and follows extensive consultation with the local rugby community.
Key tenets of the plan include:
· support and sustain continued growth
· set and maintain the highest standards of player welfare
· promote and protect the integrity of the game
· grow participation and enhance popularity of the sport
· capacity building across all facets of rugby
· lead to the enhancement of local competitions for growth and development
· promote commercial viability and financial sustainability
· ensure rugby leaves a positive impact on society
KRU Chief Executive Officer Ronald Bukusi commenting on the upcoming meeting, said, “We firmly believe that we must plan for success but we cannot do this alone. Success is not only about performance but about partnerships. We value the partnerships and contributions of our stakeholders. Remember, any strategic plan for the Kenya Rugby Union must bring together everyone involved in Kenyan rugby, to work towards a shared vision that is relevant to all levels of the sport and Saturday’s meeting is intended to steer us towards that direction.”
“Everyone involved in the playing, delivery and organization of our game in making sure the sport grows and flourishes, so it’s vital we all aspire to the same vision, “he added.
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The Shujaa squad to the North American legs of the 2016/17 HSBC Sevens World Series in Las Vegas, USA and Vancouver, Canada was named by Head Coach Innocent Simiyu in Nairobi on Thursday morning.
Oscar Ayodi makes his first series appearance this season while Frank Wanyama returns for the first time since the Dubai and Cape Town legs. They replace Brian Tanga and Oscar Ouma.
Andrew Amonde (KCB, Captain), Willy Ambaka (SportPesa Quins), Dan Sikuta (Kabras Sugar), Frank Wanyama (SportPesa Quins), Bush Mwale (Menengai Cream Homeboyz), Sammy Oliech (Resolution Impala Saracens), Eden Agero (SportPesa Quins), Leonard Mugaisi (Menengai Cream Homeboyz), Augustine Lugonzo (Menengai Cream Homeboyz), Nelson Oyoo (Top Fry Nakuru), Oscar Ayodi,(Menengai Cream Homeboyz), Billy Odhiambo (Mwamba), Collins Injera (Mwamba)
“Oscar and Frank have responded well to training and make the final cut. We are in an exciting pool in Vegas and look forward to qualifying and challenging for the cup,” said Shujaa Head Coach Innocent Simiyu.
Shujaa Timings In Las Vegas (East African Time)
Saturday 4 March 2017
Kenya v New Zealand 4.15am EAT
Kenya v Argentina 6.52am EAT
Sunday 5 March 2017 Kenya v Russia 1.12am EAT
Quarterfinals From 5.48am EAT to 8.22am EAT (Sunday 5 March 2017)
Semifinals and finals From 10.24pm Sunday 5 March 2017 10.24pm EAT to 4.00am Monday 6 March 2017Add a comment Read more...
The Kenya Rugby Union wishes to confirm that Ian Gibbons has stepped down from his role as Kenya Sevens Strength & Conditioning Coach. We wish to thank him for his service during his time with the Kenya Sevens set up and wish him all the best in his future endeavors.
The Kenya Rugby Union is in the interim making arrangements to fill the S&C role and will make an announcement in due course.