Kenyan Ambaka Targets More After Scoring In His New Zealand Debut

Willy Ambaka says he is ready to roar hard days after scoring a try for his new side Old Boys-Oroua in Manawatu club rugby.

The former Kenya Harlequins man set up one try and scored another in his side’s 76-0 towelling of the hapless Freyberg.

“It is always good to experience something new. It is known out there that New Zealand are the No 1 team in rugby so it is good to come and learn here.”

“It is a learning process. I am trying to make myself better.”

After the match, Ambaka said he was tired but pleased with his effort considering he had little time to prepare with the team.

Ambaka, who pulled out of the Hong Kong and Singapore stops of the Sevens World Series as he tried to complete the move, said he remained positive throughout the process.

“I knew it would be a hard process. We do not have a New Zealand embassy in Kenya so trying to get the paperwork down to South Africa was pretty hard.”

Having already made his mark in sevens, including a nomination for World Rugby’s Sevens player of the year in 2013, he was now hoping to do the same with 15s.

“Sevens and 15s are very different. In sevens, there is a lot of space, but in fifteens, you have to work hard for your space.

“But I am loving trying to find the balance,” he said.

Ambaka said he was not closing the door to sevens rugby yet.

“You never know what the future holds. I will just take it one day at a time.”

In playing New Zealand provincial rugby, Ambaka follows in the footsteps of Kenyan loose forward Daniel Adongo who played 11 games for Counties Manukau in 2012.


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