Fierce competition is expected this weekend in rugby 15’s when renowned coaches and teams lock horns at the Nairobi regional schools competition between Friday and Sunday at three different venues.
The competition will bring together schools from all the 11 Nairobi sub-counties which constitute a county and at the same time a region thus skipping the county level competition.
The participants will be in search of tickets to the Term One national school games to be held in Embu next month. Under tactician Thomas Walgwe, regional defending champions Upper Hill headline Pool A where they will start their title defence against Sunshine School and Ushirika.
The holders will face stiff competition from Nairobi School who headline Pool B, Dagoretti School who headline Pool C, Strathmore School, Ofafa Jericho and Muhuri Muchiri, among others.
Thomas is taking over from his brother Victor Walgwe who guided the team to a third place national finish during the 2017 edition of the games. “The players are ready to defend their regional title. Eight of our players in last season’s squad finished school but we have able replacement and I believe they will be equal to the task,” a confident Thomas said.
The side has played three friendly matches against Ofafa, Eastern’s Machakos School and Muvuti where they carried the day in all the clashes. Former Upper Hill coach Victor will this time be in charge of Dagoretti School and it will be interesting to see which of the two siblings fields a formidable squad and weathers the storm to book a finals ticket.
Victor will also be buoyed by the support of sports passionate principal Peter Orero, whom they worked with at Upper Hill and has since been transferred to Dagoretti School. “I know the players we will be playing against and we can beat them.
My Dagoretti squad is as good as any other and despite the competition, we will be gunning for a nationals berth. We will handle one match at a time and I am hopeful we will do well,” says Victor.
A team bound to cause upsets is Muhuri Muchiri as they come invigorated by their success in Rugby Sevens where they went on to be crowned East Africa champions last season.