Kenya head coach Jerome Paarwater is out to give game time to his entire 26 man contingent during the Regal Hotels Cup of Nations in Hong Kong.
Paarwater’s side face the tournament defending champions on Tuesday at the Kings Park Sports Ground and he told Kenya Rugby at the team hotel on Monday evening,”We’ve changed the squad for Tuesday’s game because we brought 26 players over and want to give every player a chance to start or feature in the games.Friday’s starting front row with the exception of Karia is rested. Ikambili remains on the bench though he had some game time against Chile. Jacob Ojee and Tony Onyango get a total rest for this game while Eric Kerre,he is struggling with a bit of a shoulder knock picked up against Chile so we’ve also given him rest.”
He expects a physical challenge from Russia, “They are a different challenge to us because they are physical but the guys are looking ready to go. It will be a tough game but we hope the outcome can be in our favor.”
Tuesday’s encounter will be the first ever test match between the SportPesa sponsored Simbas and Russia and will be streamed live on facebook.com/hkrugby from 12.00pm EAT (5.00pm HKT)