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2020 is set to be an exciting yet challenging year for the Kenya Rugby Union (KRU) as we have been selected to host the Rugby Africa Barthes U20 Trophy where we are the defending champions. This event will take place between 19th April and 26th April.

We will also host either Columbia or Brazil in the Women’s Rugby World Cup 15’s World qualifier match on 18th April.

We will also host at least three home internationals in the Africa Cup Men’s XV’s: We play Morocco on 29th May in Mombasa, Uganda on 11th July in Kakamega and Zimbabwe on 18th July in Nakuru. We then host the annual Safari 7’s in Nairobi from 23rd to 25th October.

Our men’s and women’s 7’s teams continue representing Kenya on the global scene and the highlight of their participation this year will be Tokyo 2020 Olympics in July. We will be looking at partnering with various stakeholders to make all these initiatives successful.

There have been have been some major changes within our Secretariat over the last one month. Sylvia Kamau’s contract as Chief Executive Officer of the KRU expired at the end of 2019. Sylvia was instrumental in steering the KRU Secretariat during very challenging times and is credited with stabilizing the ship since she took over the reins. Fred Yida who has been our Chief Financial Officer for the past four years also left the KRU effective 31st January 2020. He steered some major reorganization of the finance department at KRU during his tenure. We wish both of them all the best in their future endeavors.

Thomas Odundo who is the Director of Rugby will Head Operations over the next couple of months as we review the structures within the Secretariat to work towards developing a more appropriate and fit for purpose resourcing model. We shall announce any changes as and when we make them going forward.

Ian Mugambi

Honorary Secretary,

Kenya Rugby Union

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