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Ayodi, Ombachi in contention for London 7s
By Eric Njiru | Thu 17 May, 2018 11:46

Kenya 7s received major injury boost ahead of the final legs of the 2017/18 HSBC World Sevens Series with the return of two key players. 

Captain Oscar Ayodi (Homeboyz) and Dennis Ombachi of Nondies have resumed full training and are in contention for a place in the team to London and Paris 7s legs. 

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Kenya 7s resumed training last week after a 10-day rest and our visit on Thursday morning confirmed the state of the squad. 

Providing injury update to Raga House after Thursday's session, Kenya 7s head coach Innocent Simiyu said: "Ayodi and Ombachi are back in training with us. Everyone wants to play, competition is very tight so it's up to them to fight for them. It's good they are back, they bring more competition so we get to see what to make of that." 

Ombachi suffered an injury at Dubai 7s but recovered to a point of being invited for Kenya 15s national team trials. Ayodi on his side has recovered from the injury sustained at Cape Town 7s going ahead to represent his local side Homeboyz RFC in the Enterprise Cup which they beat Impala Saracens to win. 

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KCB's Artur Owira remains the only long-term absentee from an injury sustained at the Commonwealth games in April.

Other than Ayodi and Ombachi, the Thursday morning training included Nelson Oyoo, Eden Agero, Willy Ambaka, Eric Ombasa, Samuel Ngethe, Andrew Amonde, Collins Injera, Sammy Oliech, Brian Tanga, Augustine Lugonzo, Jeff Oluoch, Ian Minjire, Herman Humwa and Billy Odhiambo. Missing were Dan Sikuta who is bereaved and forward Oscar Ouma.  

The team to London and Paris will be named on Wednesday 23 May at RFUEA grounds. 

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Kenya Sevens has 93 points same with fifth placed USA and only sit back due to points difference. At London 7s, Kenya Sevens is in pool C with Mike Friday's USA, hosts England and France; a repeat of Singapore 7s pools. 

The French capital will host the final round of the men’s and women’s series on 8-10 June 2018, as the final men’s tournament switches with the London tournament (2-3 June). 

After the end of series, the focus will turn to the west coast of the USA on 20-22 July for Rugby World Cup Sevens at the iconic AT&T Park, home of the San Francisco Giants baseball team.

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