Kenya 7s Squad To London And Paris 7s Named

The Kenya Sevens squad to the final legs of 2016/17 HSBC World Sevens Series, Paris and London Sevens, has been named by head coach Innocent Simiyu on Friday May 5, 2017. 

Head Coach Innocent Simiyu named the Kenya Sevens squad to take part in the final legs of 2016/17 HSBC World Sevens Series, Paris and London Sevens beginning this weekend.

KCB’s Darwin Mukidza returns for the first time since Cape Town 7s to replace injured Collins Injera which also sees Billy Odhiambo will deputize captain Andrew Amonde.

Mukidza was slotted in the first two legs of the season – at Dubai and Cape Town but went on to miss the next six legs.

Kenya 7s is in pool C with Cape Town and Vancouver 7s champions England hosts France and invitational side Spain who gained core status in Hong Kong.

Derrick Mayar who made his debut at Hong Kong, and got his first try at the next event – Singapore sevens makes the squad. Frank Wanyama, Dennis Ombachi, Bush Mwale, Sammy Oliech, Augustine Lugonzo, Eden Agero, Brian Tanga and Nelson Oyoo complete the squad.

The team completed a week long camp on Thursday in Nanyuki where Injera was not in attendance due to the recurring injury which means he will be out of Paris and London 7s, set for 14th and 21st May respectively.

Injera did not play in Singapore 7s due to the injury but is expected to be ready for the busy 2017/2018 season that has HSBC Sevens series, Commonwealth games and sevens world cup.

Singapore 7s champions Canada are drawn in Pool A with series leaders South Africa, Scotland, and Japan. Pool B features Singapore runners-up USA who are drawn alongside New Zealand, Wales and Argentina. Australia top Pool D and will face Fiji, Samoa and Russia on day one in Paris.

Rugby Sevens returned to Paris in 2016 for the first time since 2006 and Kenya bowed out in the Plate Semis going down 26-7 to Australia. In pool matches, Kenya had beaten Portugal 29-14, Russia 22-7 and lost 17-19 to New Zealand before losing 24-5 to France in cup quarters.

Full squad

1.Andrew Amonde 2.Derrick Mayar 3.Frank Wanyama 4.Dennis Ombachi 5.Bush Mwale 6.Sammy Oliech 7.Augustine Lugonzo 8.Eden Agero 9.Brian Tanga 10.Nelson Oyoo 11.Darwin Mukidza 12.Billy Odhiambo

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