Kenya Sevens head coach Innocent Simiyu says the boys are ready for Saturday’s Paris 7s as 2016/107 HSBc World Sevens Series enters the ninth round.
Kenya goes to the France leg with 57 points sitting eleventh in the World Sevens Series log after Singapore 7s but Simiyu is looking forward to an improvement.
“We have trained very well for Paris and London. We expect that the players will play well as they did in Singapore, if not better.”
Kenya is pooled with Vancouver and Cape Town 7s champions England, hosts France and invitational side Spain.
“The first thing is to get out of the pool and have a shot at the cup, you can see what happened in Singapore so long you have a shot at the cup you don’t know how the chips will fall, you might get a chance to actually win and that is what we’ve been looking at.”
Darwin Mukidza has since been included in the team to Paris and Simiyu remains optimistic he will do better.
“We’ve only made one change. Collins UInjera injured his knee and the doctors are looking at how best to manage his injury. We have brought in Darwin Mukidza who is very good in the attack, very good in open play and the high ball. His physicality is quite good, having had an outstanding season and league final where he led his club side KCB to the title.”
Sevens series returned to Paris in 2016 replacing Glasgow Sevens as the ninth stop in the 10-leg series which saw Kenya 7s lose 26-7 to Australia in plate semis after going down 24-5 to France in cup quarters.
Paris 7s pools
Pool A: South Africa, Scotland, Japan, Canada
Pool B: USA, New Zealand, Wales, Argentina
Pool C: England, Kenya, France, Spain
Pool D: Australia, Fiji, Samoa, Russia
You can check Paris 7s fixtures here