Kenya Lionesses kick-off the 2018 Dubai 7s against New Zealand on Thursday at 12.50pm in Dubai where they are competing as an invitational side.
The Black Ferns claimed a fourth successive title on the HSBC World Rugby Women's Sevens Series – and sixth in total – after beating the Women's Sevens Eagles in the HSBC USA Women's Sevens final in Glendale, Colorado in October.
Lionesses are in a tough group A that will see them face Ireland at 3.24pm and Russia at 6.21pm on day one.
Ahead of Dubai 7s, head coach Kevin Wambua said "Training so far has been very positive, we've brought in some new players who have a lot of potential in them. Our main focus especially with them is fine tuning their skill set in preparation for the coming year.”
Kenya Lionesses fixtures Thursday 29th November
vs Black Ferns - 12:50pm
vs Ireland - 3:24pm
vs Russia - 6:21pm
Dubai 7s Women's pools
Pool A:New Zealand, Ireland, Russia, Kenya
Pool B: USA, Australia, England, China
Pool C: Canada, France, Spain, Fiji