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The 2017 National Sevens Series, the 22nd edition of the 7s Rugby tournament, will kick off on July 22nd, the Kenya Rugby Union (KRU) has announced.

Mombasa RFC will host the opening leg of the new season with the Driftwood Sevens taking place on July 22nd. The competition will then move to Nairobi with the Kabeberi Sevens, hosted by Mwamba RFC, happening a week later.

The 6-part series will then take a one month break due to the nation's general election set for August. The popular Prinsloo Sevens in Nakuru will mark the return of the series on September 2 with the fourth round taking place a week later at a venue yet to be confirmed with KRU inviting affiliating franchises to place their hosting bids. Nanyuki hosted the 2016 edition.

The penultimate leg will be the Christie Sevens in Nairobi with Kisumu's Dala Sevens closing out the season on September 30.

Homeboyz are the reigning champions having won three legs (Prinsloo, Nanyuki and Dala) and reached the final in all the legs last year, finishing on 123 points followed by Quins and Impala on 104 and 97 points respectively. The other teams to win a leg in 2016 were Impala (Kabeberi), Quins (Driftwood) and Kabras who beat Homeboyz 22-5 to win the season-closing Christie 7s.

2017 National Sevens Series Dates

Round 1: Driftwood Sevens, Mombasa  – 22nd/23rd July

Round 2: Kabeberi Sevens, Nairobi – 29th/30th July

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Round 3: Prinsloo Sevens, Nakuru – 2nd/3rd September

Round 4: To be confirmed   - 9th/10th September

Round 5: Christie Sevens, Nairobi – 23rd/24rd September

Round 6: Dala Sevens, Kisumu – 30th September/ 1st October

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Kenya Sevens boss Innocent 'Namcos' Simiyu has recalled Menengai Homeboyz center Oscar Ayodi to his squad ahead of the Las Vegas and Vancouver Sevens set for the first two weekends of March respectively.

Ayodi missed the Sydney and Wellington Sevens legs where Kenya collected 8 and 2 points respectively, leaving them 11th on the log. 

Shujaa have been drawn in Pool C in Vegas alongside New Zealand, Argentina and Russia who whitewashed the East African giants 22-0 in the Challenge Trophy quarterfinals in Sydney.

The team will travel without a Strength and Conditioning coach after Ian Gibbons resigned citing breach of contract by the Kenya Rugby Union.

The Las Vegas 7s, USA, will be held at the Sam Boyd Stadium 3-5 March with the Vancouver Sevens, Canada, the weekend after.

Last season, Kenya collected 10 points in Las Vegas after topping their Group which also had New Zealand who they stunned 22-0. They would however lose to hosts USA 26-14 in the Main Cup quarters. They however returned only a point in Vancouver, losing to 24-21 to France in the shield quarters after finishing third in their group.

Kenya Sevens Squad: 

Andrew Amonde, William Ambaka, Daniel Sikuta, Frank Wanyama, Bush Mwale, Sammy Oliech, Eden Agero, Leonard Mugaisi, Augustine Lugonzo, Nelson Oyoo, Oscar Ayodi, Billy Odhiambo, Collins Injera

Technical Bench

Coach: Innocent Simiyu

Team Manager: Erick Ogweno

Physiotherapist: Francis Bogonko

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