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KRU,Affiliates Discuss Draft Strategic Plan

KRU,Affiliates Discuss Draft Strategic Plan

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.

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Paarwater Targets More Improvement In 2017

Paarwater Targets More Improvement In 2017

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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KRU, Stakeholders to Meet On Saturday

KRU, Stakeholders to Meet On Saturday

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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Shujaa Squad For Las Vegas And Vancouver Assignments Named

Shujaa Squad For Las Vegas And Vancouver Assignments Named

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.

The team:

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 2017 

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Kenya Rugby Union Statement On Ian Gibbons

Kenya Rugby Union Statement On Ian Gibbons

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.

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Losses For Kenya Cup And Championship Leaders

Losses For Kenya Cup And Championship Leaders

What a weekend it was in the top tier Kenya Cup and the second division championship! KCB, leaders in the Kenya Cup, and Resolution Kisii leaders in the championship all fell to defeats. 

Menengai Cream Homeboyz,with their first ever win at the KCB Sports Club in Ruaraka, startled leaders KCB, posting a 33-24 result on Saturday 18 February 2017

Mean Machine, after 11 successive defeats, registered their first win of the season, stunning pre-match favorites Blak Blad 16-10 at the University of Nairobi grounds.

There was drama galore at the Impala Club, hosts Resolution Impala Saracens racing to an early 32-7 lead in early second half before three successive yellow cards saw them reduced to 12 men, Mwamba coming to within two points of the Sarries, the scores 35-33 before conceding from the maul, the Sarries just nicking it 40-33.

Nondescripts and Western Bulls was close, the Bulls leading 15-10  at a point , trailing 18-20 with five to play before a penalty and converted try saw Nondies claim the 30-18 result.

There were routine wins for SportPesa Quins and Kabras Sugar, Quins with the 33-14 win over visiting Top Fry Nakuru at the RFUEA as Kabras Sugar posted a 38-17 home win over the Strathmore Leos at the Kakamega Showground.

Collated Kenya Cup match day 13 results
KCB 24 Menengai Cream Homeboyz 33
Mean Machine 16 Blak Blad 10
SportPesa Quins 33 Top Fry Nakuru 14
Kabras Sugar 38 Strathmore Leos 17
Nondescript 30 Western Bulls 18
Resolution Impala Saracens 40 Mwamba 33

 

Mombasa Stun Kisii In Championship Action

Mombasa RFC snapped leaders Resolution Kisii’s recent fine run of form, posting  a 20-6 win at the Mombasa Sports Club on Saturday 18 February 2017.

USIU tamed hosts JKUAT Cougars with a 41-19 win over hosts JKUAT Cougars in Juja as South Coast Pirates edged out Kisumu 10-9 at the St. Joseph’s Primary School in Ukunda.

Visiting Moi University were awared the 24-0 walk over against Thika. Moi made the 320km trip to Thika, only for it to emerge that Thika lacked a venue to host the fixture.

Collated KRU Championship Results
Mombasa 20 Resolution Kisii 6
USIU 41 JKUAT Cougars 19
South Coast Pirates 10 Kisumu 9
Thika 0 Moi University 24

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