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
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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