Kenya Sevens Receive Major Boost Ahead Of Dubai Sevens

Kenya Sevens have received a major boost ahead of the 2017/2018 HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series with the return of Willy Ambaka.

The Kenya Harlequins winger returns after five months in New Zealand with Manawatu Turbos. Their season ended after 36-31 nosedive at Napier in the Mitre 10 a few weeks ago.

Kenya Sevens assistant coach Will Webster tweeted “Great to have the man, myth & the legend- Big Willy Ambaka back with the Kenya Sevens having conquered NZ! Excitement building for Dubai7s!”

He is part of a 43-man provisional squad released by the Kenya Rugby Union.

In the 2017 season, Ambaka’s Turbos played 10 matches in the Mitre 10 winning only four and losing six. Mitre 10 entered semis last weekend with the final featuring Wellington and Bay of Plenty set for October 27.

His return will be a boost to head coach Innocent Simiyu as captain Andrew Amonde is ruled out for the opening stages of the 2017/18 season.

He left the national sevens side after Vancouver Sevens pulling out ahead of the Asian tour, Hong Kong and Singapore 7s.

Ambaka is among 19 Manawatu Turbos players who are off-contract for the 2018 season.

The majority of players already signed by Turbos are those who were on multi-year deals heading into the season and include the likes of star lock Jackson Hemopo and All Blacks duo Aaron Smith and Ngani Laumape.

It will be impossible for him to play for both Kenya 7s and the New Zealand side just like Kurt Baker whose New Zealand Sevens contract requires him to be based in Mount Maunganui and restricting his provincial availability.

Kenya 7s is pooled in group A of the 2017/2018 HSBC World Sevens Series opener, Dubai 7s on Friday, December 1.

Kenya will play series defending champions South Africa, Singapore 7s champions Canada and Uganda.


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