Kenya will have a 10-day training camp in the UK before leaving for Moscow for the Rugby World Cup Sevens
Kenya have unveiled a 16-man squad to attend a 10-day training camp in London ahead of the 2013 Rugby World Cup Sevens in Moscow.
The make-up of the squad was named today at the RFUEA Grounds by Kenya’s assistant coach, Felix Ochieng. While in London, the squad will be trimmed to 12 before departing for Moscow on 25 June, three days ahead of their campaign in Pool C alongside Samoa, Zimbabwe and Philippines.
One notable absentee is Sidney Ashioya, although all of the other leading Kenyan players are included.
“The playing unit has responded to the challenges thrown to them with admirable dedication,” said KRU Chairman, Mwangi Muthee. “We thank them for the sacrifices they’ve made in their quest to attain the requisite physical benchmarks set. I also want to pay tribute to the team management led by head coach, Mike Friday, Felix Ochieng, Chris Brown, George Odhiambo, Steve Sewe and Michael Owino.”
Muthee and Ochieng also took the opportunity to urge Kenyan fans to rally behind their team as usual.
“The Rugby World Cup Sevens happens once every four years and it is very special for us,” said Ochieng. “We go into the tournament looking to improve on our showing from 2009, where we reached the semi-final.
“We needed to get the right kind of balance and this is what informed the selection of the squad. We also took into consideration the fact that we are building for the future, hence the call-up of young Robert Aringo.”
Team Captain Andrew Amonde said: “We look forward to a very good showing at the forthcoming Rugby World Cup Sevens. The squad selected is the very best and I believe that it has the potential to emerge victorious in Moscow.”
Kenya World Cup training squad: Andrew Amonde(KCB), William Ambaka, (Lunch Bar Quins), Davis Chenge (Western Bulls), Eden Agero (Lunch Bar Quins), Patrice Agunda (Lunch Bar Quins), Horace Otieno (Mwamba), Philip Wamae (KCB), Biko Adema (Total Nondies), Lavin Asego (Mwamba), Felix Ayange (Lunch Bar Quins), Michael Wanjala (Strathmore Leos), Robert Aringo (Impala), Collins Injera (Mwamba), Oscar Ouma (Menengai Oil Nakuru), Dennis Ombachi (Mwamba), Humphrey Kayange (University of Bristol)
Management: Mike Friday (Head Coach), Felix Ochieng (Assistant Coach), Chris Brown (Strength & Conditioning Coach), George Odhiambo (Physiotherapist), Steven Sewe (Team Manager)