Spain have been regular visitors to Nairobi in the recent past and have been making strides in the game of rugby sevens. Participants at the Safari Sevens since 2012, the team who were beaten semifinalists at last year’s tournament have continued to grow from strength to strength.
They first became a sevens world series core team during the 2012/13 season but were relegated at the close of the 2013/14 season. They caused an upset by stunning former sevens world series champions Samoa in the final of the global repechage to earn a berth at the 2016 Olympic games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
The Spaniards followed this up with victory at the world series qualifying tournament in Hong Kong in 2017, a feat that saw them return to the sevens world series. They finished 11th overall at the close of the 2017/18 season with 56 points before finishing 12th during the 2018/19 season with 49 points. It was a memorable season for the Spaniards who not only reached two cup
quarterfinals in Cape Town and Sydney but also claimed the scalp of multiple series champions New Zealand, stunning them 26-24 during the Vancouver Sevens.
Victory in Nairobi has so far been elusive for the Spaniards…could this be the year they go all the way and lift the Robin Cahill trophy?