Around this time eight years ago, Collins Mulaa, then 20 years old, landed a try as Kenya 7s beat Valker 26-21 in Mpumalanga, South Africa to qualify for the semis of Nashua Middelburg Sevens.
Mulaa, then with Homeboyz, was part of the Shujaa side coached by Benjamin Ayimba that was stopped at the semis of that competition after going down 35-0 to Valke.
Mulaa was one of the fresh faces being brought into the national fold by Ayimba alongside Gray Cullen (Nondescripts RUFC), Fabian Olando and Ken Isindu (KCB), Collins Omae and Dennis Muhanji (Kenya Harlequin), Oscar Ouma (Nakuru RFC), Hesborn Mataya and Ken Moseti (Homeboyz RFC), Edgar Abere (Mwamba RFC), Felix Ayange and Michael Wanjala both from Strathmore.
Prior to the Mpumalanga tourney, Mulaa was part of the Kenya 7s team that made it to the semis of Castle Sevens in Zambia.
Later on he was in the team that contested Sri Lanka's Carlton Sevens in Nov of 2010 under coach Mitch Ochola.
Sidney Ashioya and Eden Agero (Quins), Edgar Abere (Mwamba), Leo Seje, Kevin Umbuge and Lawrence Buyachi (Impala), Michael Wanjala (Homeboyz), Felix Ayange (Strathmore), Fabian Olando and Ken Isindu (KCB) as well as Willy Ambaka made the squad.
Fast forward to present day, Mulaa, a renowned sprinter who once covered 100m in 10.0 seconds flat in Narok, is aiming for a return to the Kenya 7s by presenting a valuable resume to the selectors.
Just over a week ago Mulaa who juggles for a place at centre, full back as well as wing was named the top scorer in Division two with 115 points while turning out for MKU Stingerz as the National Sevens Circuit wrapped at the RFUEA grounds with Christie sevens, the sixth leg of the tournament.
In being named the top point scorer Mulaa - a past sprinter for Kenya Prisons - retained his achievement in 2017 where he was named the top try and point scorer while turning out for the same Stingerz. Then he scored 33 tries.
"I am happy to come top once again but more so I am proud to be fully back," he said in an exclusive interview with Raga House.
"My target was to deliver a number of tries during each leg which I more or less achieved to emerge the top scorer,"
Since his appearance for the Kenya 7s back then, Mulaa was forced out of the game due to a persistent wrist injury.
As he waited for the return of his rugby hand he opted to take up another sport - athletics where he excelled exceptionally.
"A wrist injury denied me time in rugby but as an athlete I opted to use my lower part of the body hence a place in athletics,"
"With the recent achievements I now aim at another shot at the Kenya 7s squad once again." he added boldly
His coach Ronald Okoth, a Development manager with Kenya Rugby Union believes that with added effort and hard work Mulaa's possibilities are limitless.
"Two years now Mulaa has been the top scorer in the division two. He has rugby dreams but to achieve them he has to fully balance between work and the game. It calls for hard work and more commitment. It is possible" he said
From those he played with at Kenya 7s back then Oscar Ouma and Willy Ambaka are still active with Kenya Sevens while Felix Ayange and Leo Seje is part of the Kenya Simbas. Omae is an active sprinter for Kenya while less than the other half are still active at club level.
Others have since retired but not Mulaa who still wants another stab in the team.