Fly half Nato Simiyu returns to the Simbas after a year’s absence as Head Coach Jerome Paarwater named the 26 man travelling party to the Hong Kong Cup of Nations taking place in Hong Kong between 10th and 18th November. Simiyu’s last taste of test rugby was the 34-10 home win over Hong Kong in Nairobi in August 2016.
There is also a return for fellow fly half Biko Adema who limped off injured during the Simbas 19-19 draw against the same opposition in Nairobi on August 20 this year while Alex Olaba, Peter Kilonzo and Elkeans Musonye get the nod for their first tour and with it the opportunity to add to their solitary caps.
The Simbas start their campaign with a clash against Chile on 10 November before playing Russia on 14 November. They will complete their fixtures against hosts Hong Kong on 18 November.
Simbas squad to Hong Kong
Forwards: Moses Amusala (KCB), Peter Karia (KCB), Curtis Lilako (KCB), Wilson K’opondo (SportPesa Quins/Captain), Oliver Mang’eni (KCB), George Nyambua (Kabras Sugar), Davis Chenge (KCB), Joshua Chisanga (Homeboyz), Philip Ikambili (Homeboyz), Oscar Simiyu (KCB), Dennis Karani (Resolution Impala Saracens), Erick Kerre (Resolution Impala Saracens), Martin Owillah (KCB), Elkeans Musonye (Strathmore Leos)
Backs: Samson Onsomu (Resolution Impala Saracens), Nato Simiyu (Resolution Impala Saracens), Jacob Ojee (KCB), Leo Owade (Resolution Impala Saracens), David Ambunya (SportPesa Quins), Darwin Mukidza (KCB), Vincent Mose (Resolution Impala Saracens), Lyle Asiligwa (SportPesa Quins), Biko Adema (Nondescripts), Alex Olaba (Strathmore Leos), Peter Kilonzo (KCB), Tony Onyango (Homeboyz)
Management: Jerome Paarwater (Head Coach), Dominique Habimana (Assistant Coach), Richard Ochieng (Conditioning Coach), Levy Labeeb (High Performance Consultant), Chris Makachia (Physio), Simiyu Wangila (Team Manager)
V Chile – Friday 10 November, 12.00pm EAT
V Russia – Tuesday 14 November, 12.00pm EAT
V Hong Kong – Saturday 18 November, 12.00pm EAT