Kenya’s Simba are ready to unleash their wrath when they face Spain in a rare international friendly at the Nairobii’s RFUEA Grounds, Saturday, July 18.
This will be the second international friendly for the Jerome Paarwater-led side this year having beaten another European side Portugal 41-15 late in May.
The match will see Strathmore Leos centre Samuel Motari earn his first international cap. Motari, 22, replaces Kenya Commercial Bank’s Fabian Olando, who featured for the Simbas in their 46-15 win over Tunisia in the Africa Rugby Division 1A duel on June 28.
“It’s an honour getting a call up to play for your country, I mean it’s the ultimate dream for any player out there,” said the 22-yeard old.
“The target is to help the team whenever called to action since we all have the collective wish of winning and helping our rankings.
“Then there is the other aspect of working hard to reward the technical bench for selecting me while also keeping my place in the team,” said the Leos player.
The match will also see experienced Impala player, Vincent Mose, who came off the bench against Tunisia, start at fullback with club-mate Samuel Oliech, who played at the position against Tunisia, switching to fly-half.
Kenya Harlequin’s Isaac Adimo, who was first choice fly-half against Tunisia, drops to the bench while Kabras Sugar scrum-half, Edwin Achayo, comes on board after a long left ankle injury lay-off.
Achayo replaces Lyle Asiligwa, who is recovering from a right arm injury sustained in the clash against Tunisia. Achayo, 29, last featured for Kenya against Namibia during the Africa Rugby Division 1A-cum-World Cup qualifier in July last year in Madagascar.
Former skipper Wilson K’Opondo from Kenya Harlequin will start from the bench on his return to the side Kenya’s 10-28 loss to Zimbabwe in a Rugby World Cup qualifier on June 6.
Kenya lost to Zimbabwe 20-28 on June 13 before beating Tunisia 46-15 on June 28 in the Africa Rugby ties.
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