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Head Coach Dennis Mwanja has named his match day 23 for the Lionesses opening encounter at the Rugby Africa Women’s Cup First Division clash against Madagascar at the Stade Makis on Saturday 20 May 2023.

Sheila Chajira returns for her first test since August 2021, captaining the side from number eight and is part of a back row that also includes Phoebe Akinyi and Diana Kemunto.

Naomi Jelagat and Bernadette Olesia partner in the second row while Natasha Emali, Knight Otwoma and Evelyne Kalemera complete the Kenyan front row trio.

Judith Auma starts at scrum half and with Sinaida Mokaya at fly half while Grace Okulu and Moreen Njoki partner in midfield.

Stellah Wafula and Jean Bisela are deployed on the wings with Ann Goretti starting at fullback.

Kenya Lionesses 15.Ann Goretti, 14. Jean Bisela, 13. Moreen Njoki, 12. Grace Okulu, 11. Stellah Wafula, 10. Sinaida Mokaya, 9. Judith Auma, 1. Natasha Emali, 2. Knight Otwoma, 3. Evelyne Kalemera, 4. Naomi Jelagat, 5. Bernadette Olesia, 6. Diana Kemunto, 7. Phoebe Akinyi, 8. Sheila Chajira (Captain) REPLACEMENTS 16. Mitchelle Akinyi, 17. Valentine Otieno,18. Rose Otieno,19. Nelly Chikombe,20. Enid Ouma,21. Winnie Owino,22. Terry Ayesa, 23. Diana Awino HEAD COACH: Dennis Mwanja

Kick Off: 3.00pm EAST AFRICA TIME

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