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Barbarians name Kenya 7s duo for Rugby X
By Eric Njiru | Wed 18 Sep, 2019 19:26

The world-famous Barbarian FC named two Kenya 7s internations for the inaugural Rugby X to e held in London in October.

Willy Ambaka of Kenya Harlequin and Oscar Ouma of Top Fry Nakuru will be the first Kenyans to ever play Rugby X.

They join a Barbarian FC side featuring Rio 2016 gold medallists Fijians Veremalau, Kitione Taliga, Hosea Kolinisau(Olympic winning captain), Samisoni   Viriviri and Pio Tuwai.

Ouma and Ambaka made the HSBC World Sevens Series dream during the 2017/18 season and were part of the 2016 team that won Singapore 7s as well as compete at the Olympics.

Others are South Africa’s Kyle Brown and Luke Treharne of Wales.

Barbarians will play England in the first match before taking on Ireland in the second match of pool A. Pool B will see Argentina play USA and USA take on France.

World Rugby last month confirmed details of the laws under which the inaugural RugbyX tournament will take place at the O2 Arena, London on 29 October, 2019. This event, which is currently targeted at international rugby players, has been sanctioned to take place in England by the Rugby Football Union (RFU).

Following a highly-successful test event at the O2 Arena, where the first ever temporary installation of a World Rugby Regulation 22 compliant artificial pitch in an indoor arena was undertaken, the package of modified laws were approved World Rugby’s Executive Committee and RFU Governance Committee (as host union) for a dedicated RugbyX trial:

Following a highly-successful test event at the O2 Arena, where the first ever temporary installation of a World Rugby Regulation 22 compliant artificial pitch in an indoor arena was undertaken, the package of modified laws were approved World Rugby’s Executive Committee and RFU Governance Committee (as host union) for a dedicated RugbyX trial:

Matches will take place over 10 minutes with no half-time. Full contact rugby on a half-sized pitch

Five players per side plus seven rolling substitutes

Quick throws replace line outs

No touch kicking – tap penalties/free kicks

Kick-offs replaced by tap restarts on 5m line

Kicking allowed up to a maximum height of 10m, to be monitored by Sportable ball tracking technology

Drawn matches settled by ‘one on one’

The 'one on one' will see one attacking player from Team A receive the ball 30m from the opposition goal line, with one defender from Team B on his/her defensive 5m line. If Team A scores, and Team B fails to score, Team A wins the match and vice versa.

The inaugural RugbyX tournament is being organised by commercial rights agency TRM and will feature men’s and women’s competitions happening in parallel over two sessions, each 2.5 hours in duration, enabling fans to see some of the world’s best players. Competing teams come from the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series - England, Ireland, France, USA and Argentina and will be joined by Barbarians FC.

Eric Njiru
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