Kenya Sevens has received a huge boost ahead of the Sydney 7s after Augustine Lugonzo was declared fit for the fourth round of the league.
Lugonzo suffered a head injury during Wellington 7s challenge trophy seminal win over USA and also sat out during the challenge trophy win over Australia.
Speaking from Australia, Kenya Sevens head coach Innocent Simiyu confirmed that the Homeboyz star is good to go and should be available for Weekend’s assignment.
“We assessed him earlier this week and he took part in some contact sessions. He’s good now and we expect him to play over the weekend”.
Leonard Mugaisi, who went to New Zealand as the 13th player as allowed by World Rugby in the case of an injury, was called up by Simiyu to take Lugonzo’s place.
Lugonzo is yet to replicate the form that saw him dazzle three years ago at the Gold Coast Sevens in Australia after a succession of knee and ankle injuries hampered him in the past two seasons.
Bush Mwale, who collided with Lugonzo, sustained a cut on his forehead but has been cleared to take part in Sydney 7s.
Kenya is in pool A of the Sydney 7s wit h Wellington 7s champions South Africa, cape Town champs England and Japan.
Kenya will open the Sydney 7s campaign at 2:58 am Kenyan time with Argentina and USA set to open the tournament at 01:30 am. Sydney Sevens defending champions New Zealand will take on hosts Australia at 03:42 in a repeat of 2016’s final.
Kenya’s second match will be at 07:15 am before concluding the pool A matches against Japan at 11.51am. In Wellington, Kenya bagged the challenge trophy by beating Australia in the final.
Sydney 7s pools
Sydney Sevens draw
Pool A: South Africa, England, Kenya, Japan.
Pool B: Fiji, France, Wales, Samoa.
Pool C: Scotland, New Zealand, Australia, Papua New Guinea.
Pool D: Canada, Argentina, USA, Russia.