Kenya 7s Coach Resigns Ahead of Vegas 7s

Ian Gibbons has resigned as the Kenya Sevens’ strength and conditioning coach ahead of Las Vegas Sevens.

Kenya Rugby Union (KRU) confirmed through a statement stating plans are underway to fill up the slot left by Gibbons;

“The Kenya Rugby Union wishes to confirm that Ian Gibbons has stepped down from his role as Kenya Sevens Strength & Conditioning Coach. We wish to thank him for his service during his time with the Kenya Sevens set up and wish him all the best in his future endeavors.

The Kenya Rugby Union is in the interim making arrangements to fill the S&C role and will make an announcement in due course”.

We understand Gibbons, who was working from England, felt frustrated by his work set up part of which was a lack of a house and a car in Nairobi.  He is understandably eyeing another job after he failed to return to Nairobi after Wellington and Sydney 7s.

He had a six-month deal with the Kenya Rugby Union (KRU) that started in December 2016 that was due to run until the end of the current season in May 2017.

Ian Gibbons is a UK based strength and conditioning coach who did Sports Science in the University of West of England.

He has a BSc (Hons) in Sports Science from University of West that he attended between 2004-2007 where he bagged a 1st Class Honours. 
 He has worked with Saracens, Gloucester and England sevens before.

Kenya 15s strength and conditioning Richard Ochieng has once in a while been called to help in the conditioning part during Gibbons’ in and out trips. Former Kenya 7s SC Geoffrey Kimani has since been hired by Uganda 7s.

The Kenya Sevens team for the Las Vegas and Vancouver rounds will be named on Thursday.

He has 10 years experience in S&C in professional rugby working most recently with Scarlets Rugby in the Pro12 and Champions Cup.

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