The Kenya Rugby Union has announced the dates for the 2017 National Sevens Series. The Driftwood Sevens gets the sevens season underway on 22nd July with the Kabeberi Sevens taking place a week later in Nairobi.
The Series will then take a one month break, a break that has been necessitated by the country’s general election in August before resuming on 2nd September with the Prinsloo Sevens in Nakuru. The fourth leg of the series takes place on 9th September with the last two legs, the Christie Sevens in Nairobi and the Dala Sevens in Kisumu taking place on the 23rd and 30th of September respectively.
The KRU has in the meantime invited its affiliate clubs to place their bids for the fourth round of the series set for 9th September.
2017 National Sevens Series Dates
Round 1: Driftwood Sevens, Mombasa – 22nd/23rd July
Round 2: Kabeberi Sevens, Nairobi – 29th/30th July
Round 3: Prinsloo Sevens, Nakuru – 2nd/3rd September
Round 4: To be confirmed - 9th/10th September
Round 5: Christie Sevens, Nairobi – 23rd/24rd September
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Head Coach Paul Odera has named a provisional 41 man squad as the Kenya U20s prepare for the 2017 Africa U20 Championship set for 17th to 23rd April in Madagascar.
Odera has included 13 players who did duty at last year’s Africa U19 Championships in Namibia. Menengai Cream Homeboyz backrow Steve Otieno who is enjoying a good run of form in the Kenya Cup and Strathmore Leos Gabriel Adero who captained the squad last season are some of the returnees, the others being William Diffu, Roy Wesonga, Mark Mutuku, Stanley Isogol, Charles Tendwa, Brodie Wanjohi, Steve Keter, Jeff Mutuku, Xavier Kipng’etich, Michael Kimwele and James Wanjala.
The squad, which will be whittled down closer to the tournament starts training on Sunday 5 March 2017.
Kenya U20 Provisional Squad :William Diffu (Laiser Hill Academy), Roy Wesonga (Menengai Cream Homeboyz), Edwin Obae (Resolution Kisii), Emmanuel Silungi ( Menengai Cream Homeboyz), Mark Mutuku (Nondescripts), Stanley Isogol (Menengai Cream Homeboyz), Harold Anduvati (Menengai Oilers), Charles Tendwa (South Coast Pirates), Brodie Wanjohi (KCB), Akuei Monate (Top Fry Nakuru), Alvin Okoth (Mwamba), Keith Andai (Menengai Cream Homeboyz), Collins Onyango (Top Fry Nakuru), Michael Amolo (EPS Morans), Joshua Macharia (KCB), Marco Shukrani (South Coast Pirates), Bonface Ochieng (SportPesa Quins), Kevin Kerore (Mwamba), Ali Ramtu (South Coast Pirates), Victor Matiko (Menengai Oilers), Derrick Ludenyi (Menengai Oilers), James McGreevy (Hillcrest/Old Ruts RFC England), Steve Keter (KCB), Brian Ochieng (Mwamba), Joshua Amayo (EPS Morans), Andrew Siminyu (St. Mary’s/EPS Morans), Steve Otieno (Menengai Cream Homeboyz), Gabriel Adero (Strathmore Leos), Joseph Musyoki (South Coast Pirates), Jeff Mutuku (Kingswood College South Africa), Joseck Ondong ( Northern Suburbs), Derrick Keyoga (Eldoret Falcons), Erastus Karani (SportPesa Quins), Xavier Kipng’etich (Resolution Impala Saracens), Michael Kimwele (KCB), Dennis Mwangi (Menengai Oilers), Oscar Agutu (South Coast Pirates), Samuel Asati (KCB), James Wanjala (Strathmore Leos), Geoffrey Mugwe (Top Fry Nakuru), Michael Munywa (Resolution Impala Saracens)Add a comment Read more...
The Kenya Rugby Union’s annual general meeting will take place from 3.00pm on Wednesday 22 March 2017 at the RFUEA Ground.
Key on the day’s agenda will be receipt and consideration of the KRU Board Report for the past year,receipt and consideration of the balance sheet and and statement of accounts for the past year, the election of the Chairman and four board members, the appointment of auditors for the forthcoming year as well as the appointment of additional members of the appeals council pursuant to Section 11 of the KRU constitution.
Incumbent Chairman Richard Omwela as well as Directors Ian Mugambi, Rajinder Sembi and Oscar Mango are up for re-election having served a first two year term while Paula Lanco retires after serving two consecutive terms.
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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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