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Simba trials to focus more on work rate, tackling

New Kenya Simbas head coach Ian Snook and his assistant Murray Roulston will be going for high work rate players with the ability of completing tackles and good decision making heading into the trials to be hosted at the RFUEA Grounds on Sunday.

Sixty players split into two squads have been named by Simbas management with one side led by former Kenya Sevens assistant coach Paul Murunga and KCB boss Curtis Olago while Impala’s Frank Ndong and Kabras boss Charles Cardovillis handle the other.

Notable names from the first team include Simbas skipper Wilson K’Opondo, Homeboyz fly-half Mohammed Omollo, centre Max Kangeri and former Kenya Sevens star Felix Ayange.

In the second team, Nato Simiyu and Vincent Mose are the most experienced stars with fresh faces being props George Asin and 19-year-old Melvin Thairu of Mean Machine.

Simbas vice-captain Darwin Mukidza is joined by attacking runners in Kabras Sugar centre Nick Barasa, Kenya Sevens’ Dennis Ombachi and locks Malcolm Onsando and Eric Kerre are the other big names in the Ndong/Cardovillis-led team.

The trials will consist 30-minute quarters done four times with the majority of players playing for a maximum of 60 minutes. After the final trials on May 6, the Simbas technical bench will name the squads for both the Elgon Cup and World Cup qualifiers.

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