Kenya will after all enter two teams in the Safari Sevens Rugby tournament set to kick off on October 3-4 at the Safaricom Stadium, Kasarani.
Tournament Director Godwin Karuga, confirmed that the Kenyan team will have the free hand to choose whether to enter two teams or one. Two weeks ago, Kenya Rugby Union had announced that the hosts will only have one side, Shujaa, as opposed to the past editions where they entered three teams.
The new directive sees Shujaa joined by the Morans.
Other teams that have confirmed their participation include Brazil (who are expected to jet in next Tuesday to acclimatize and conduct a number of clinics), Portugal, England Saxons, Uganda, Spain, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Italy, Samurai International, Western Province (SA), Australia Icons, Newcastle Wailers.
Defending champions Welsh Warriors, Morocco, Botswana, Rwanda, Argentina and South Africa’s-Puma are yet to confirm their participation
“We are going to have a full International competition which is really the practice that the Kenyan team needs going into Olympics qualifiers and also IRB series starting in three weeks,” noted Karuga.
The tournament will be without lead competition like the women’s, Universities, age groups and Schools.
Karuga, explained that the ongoing teachers’ strikes played a part in the Schools category being scrapped out, while the women’s competition was affected by the Rugby Afrique and Olympics qualifications set to take place this weekend.
“We had thought of having four teams (two foreign and local respectively) but there will be no motivation for the teams to come over for the tournament because there will be Olympics qualification.”
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