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Mean Machine’s 40 year stint in the Kenya Cup came to an end after Saturday’s 12-21 loss away to Top Fry Nakuru, condemning arguably Kenya's most recognizable club to the second tier.

Playing out of the University of Nairobi’s main campus, Mean Machine made their Kenya Cup debut in 1977, upsetting the top order by clinching that season’s title.

They would continue to straddle the Kenyan club rugby scene like a colossus, producing great rugby talent like Absaloms Mutere, Chief Edebe, Cliff Mukulu, Allan “Steele Pulse” Gohole, Joni Nderitu, Arigi Obiero, Tony “Tonyango” Onyango et al.

They set the S.I unit for rugby fans countrywide, as well as creating an intimidating atmosphere at that cauldron adjacent to the UoN Graduation Square.

It was never easy playing Machine back then.

Back to back Eddie Rombo inspired Kenya Cup titles in 1989 and 1990, and that running rivalry with Nondescripts etched Machine’s name in popular Kenyan rugby folklore.

The team would get, and still gets top of mind brand recognition. It was NEARLY every young man’s dream to play for this side. (NEARLY in caps because not all harbored the same ambition).

Unfortunately, with the constant evolution of the game, both locally and internationally, as well as a constant player exodus which started in the mid 90s, Machine would suffer and suffer they did, despite flash in the pan performances on the odd occasion in the intervening years.

But doomsday was always dawning for Machine and it has eventually come to pass.

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Kenya Sevens will for the second leg running come up against fellow continental powerhouse South Africa when the 7th leg of the 2016-17 World Rugby Sevens Series kicks off in Hong Kong, April 7-9.

Shujaa and the Blitzboks clashed in the Vancouver 7s group stages with the latter winning 15-5 and the duo have been paired again in a tricky Pool B in Hong Kong, Canada and France the other members.

South Africa are running away with the title but their march was blipped a bit by England who beat them in the Canada 7s final last weekend. Kenya on the other hand are having an average season and were bundled out in the Challenge Trophy semifinal in Vancouver where they collected only 5 points.

Innocent Simiyu's boys dropped down a spot to 12th and risk further drop if they don't pick up form. Only four legs remain.

England, seeded first in Hong Kong are in Group A alongside Australia, Samoa and South Korea. Reigning Series champions Fiji headline a tough Pool C which also has New Zealand, walesyand Japan. USA, Argentina, Scotland and Russia will compete for honors from Group D.

Hong Kong 7s Pools

Pool A: England, Australia, Samoa, South Korea 
Pool B: South Africa, Canada, Kenya, France 
Pool C: Fiji, New Zealand, Wales, Japan 
Pool D: USA, Argentina, Scotland, Russia

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