Kenya 7s Star Attracts Attention From New Zealand Side

Kenya Sevens star Willy Ambaka has attracted interest from New Zealand side Manuwatu.

Ambaka missed Hong Kong and Singapore 7s as he is understood to have been sorting his visa in order to travel to the provincial side.

This will be the third pro stint for the Quins flyer who rose to prominence in the World Series scene especially in the 2012/13 season having been handed his debut back in 2011.

Manawatu Rugby Union chief executive John Knowles confirmed they had been working with the agent of the 26-year-old wing to bring him to New Zealand.

“There is the possibility of him coming, we are waiting to finalize everything,” he said.

In October of the same 2014, and upon recommendation of Kenya 15s coach Jerome Parwater, South Africa’s Western Province came calling and Ambaka was off to Cape Town ahead of the ABSA Currie Cup season.

His strong running, blitz of pace and traditional step in and out, unmatched and tremendous aerial skills, made a great attraction for the Cape side.

Ambaka is Kenya’s top scorer with 19 touch downs and sits seventh in the world, 15 below series top scorer Dan Norton of England. The only other Kenyan in the top 20 is injured Billy Odhiambo who has 15 tries and is not part of the Asian tour squad.

The 102kg Ambaka has in total scored 95 points, Billy Odhiambo is second with 75 while Samuel Oliech is third with 59 points.

The Manawatu Turbos are the premier men’s team in the Manawatu rugby province. In 2005, Manawatu were invited (with four other unions, reduced to 3 after an amalgamation) to play in the first division of a restructured National Provincial Championship, initially called (for sponsorship purposes) the Air New Zealand Cup
Manawatu have a reputation for fielding young, local talent. This has served mixed results however this approach has also uncovered new exciting players who have made Super Rugby level and also the All Blacks.

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