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KRU urged to nurture women rugby talents

Gibo Zachary @peoplesport11

Kenya Rugby Union (KRU) has been urged to embrace the spirit of following up talents being discovered during and after the KRU Girls Rugby Sevens Championship has been concluded.

In its Get Into Rugby (GIR) programme, KRU, has been organising Girls Rugby 7s competitions since 2015 and the programme has among other achievements, produced talented Grace Adhiambo who’s currently with the national rugby team, Lionesses, but his former coach while at Nakuru Day, coach Felix Ade, feels that her discovery is far from the bigger picture that the competition is uncovering in terms of talents that at the end of it, go unnoticed and thus get wasted.

He wishes the Union can play a vigilant role in identifying these talents and harness them as valuable assets, which can act as a feeder to the national team with raw talents. “I hope KRU follows the massive talent I saw,” coach Felix Ade challenged, adding that as Nakuru Rugby Development, they follow everything these girls are doing.

Getting mentorship programmes for them as it raises their self-esteem and that is one of the other reason why they have managed to win national title twice in arrow.

Felix who was speaking to People Sports after guiding his girls to successfully defend their KRU national girls rugby 7s crown at Kisii School over the weekend, expressed delight in retaining their trophy despite facing stiff competition from all the sixteen teams that took part in this year’s championship. “It’s always nice to win.

Rugby builds character which wins games, because we came twice from behind to finally win and is character,” delighted coach Ade said. “The secret is not only concentrating on their rugby activities but knowing them better, what they do back at home, how they perform and always being there for them no matter what,” added Ade, saying that rapport coupled with the heart of seeing them succeed in real life situation, really inspires and motivates these guys to win trophies.

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