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Shujaa seeded top as Kenya coach weighs in with formidable teams

Kenya Sevens coach Paul Murunga has named two for the upcoming Safari Sevens tournament slated for this weekend at the RFUEA Grounds, Nairobi.

Defending champions Shujaa will be skippered by experienced fly-half Eden Agero with Michael Wanjala serving as his assistant.

Shujaa have been placed in Pool A alongside Apache from United Kingdom, Namibia and the local sevens runners-up Stanbic Mwamba.

Kenya Morans featuring upcoming players will also be managed by sevens head coach Paul Murunga assisted by Kevin Wambua with Lamech Bogonko serving as the physiotherapist.

Morans will be skippered by Samuel Motari of Impala Saracens and will battle it out with Portugal, Uganda and local sevens champion Homeboyz in Pool C.

In the absence of key players who are with the Kenya 15s side in France for the 2019 Japan Rugby World Cup (RWC) repechege qualifiers, Homeboyz as the local sevens champs has produced five players three of whom are experienced and featured for Kenya in the Africa Sevens Cup.

The trio, winger Leonard Mugaisi and forwards Charles Omondi and Alvin Otieno will be assisted by other key players including Nondies star Dennis Ombachi, Harlequins forward Herman Humwa and Cyprian Kuto. 

Homeboyz wingers Johnstone Olindi and Mark Wandeto will don the national team shirts for the first time while Menengai Oilers stepper Harold Anduvate brings in his fast wheels on board.

Kenya Morans will see upcoming players fight to prove themselves, as the HSBC Sevens series opener- Dubai sevens squad will be selected from Safari Sevens.

Morans captain Samuel Motari, Mean Machine skipper Shadon Munoko, Impala’s forward Paul Mutsami, Homeboyz forward Brian  Wandera,  Eric  Ombasa of Menengai Oilers and KCB winger Vincent Onyala will be the engine of the side in the competition.

Local sevens runners-up Mwamba got an invitation by the Kenya Rugby Union (KRU) to replace Burkina Faso from the 12-team competition on Monday 5.

The tourney will kick off with girls U-19 category tomorrow featuring 12 confirmed sides to participate in the competition where only pool winners advance to a direct semi-final stage.

Meanwhile, Kenya bundled in Pool B of the Dubai Sevens rugby tournament will open the hunt against Scotland on November 30 at 8.44am, play France at 11.44am and close the pool campaign with 2017/18 season runners-up Fiji at 6.06pm.

Kenya Lionesses sevens aside national team, as Dubai sevens invitational side, will face New Zealand Ferns in the second round of the HSBC Womens sevens series in Dubai on November 29 at 12.50pm at the Sevens rugby stadium, Dubai.

Grouped in Pool A of the competition, Lionesses coached by Kevin Wambua will play Ireland next at 3.24pm and end their pool command quest with Russia at 6.21pm.

Dubai Sevens will act as the men’s season 2018/19 series opener where Shujaa will serve as the women’s second leg after Glendale Sevens tourney played in Colorado last on October 20-21.

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