Homeboyz Rugby is set to compete at the new Kenya Rugby League after chairman Myke Rabar confirmed they are set to form a team, reports The Star.
Homeboyz, who already hve a Rugby Union team in the Kenya Cup, will form a league side that will compete with five other franchises when the competition kicks-off next year. The response was overwhelming and 120 players have shown interest in the team according to Rabar.
“We have had a very good response and feedback from several players and next week, we start sifting through the names before coming up with a competitive squad for the start of the competition next year,” noted Rabar.
Homeboyz will be one of the six franchise teams playing in the top tier and Rabar added that all the teams will be at par.
“Once we start the league, all teams will be of equal strength and no team will be stronger than the other as we seek to have a level playing field. We want to create a good spirit of competition amongst the teams,” added Rabar.
Last week, Kenya Rugby League entered into a 10-year commercial and strategic partnership with Homeboyz Entertainment firm that saw the latter commit to pump in Sh100 million annually starting 2021.
“By the time the league starts, we will have signed a few deals. There has been a very good response from corporates as this is a new product we want to push to fans and there is excitement around it,” noted Rabar.
Kenya Rugby League is targeting to compete at the 2025 Rugby League World Cup with the national team selected from the leagues.
The 2025 Rugby League World Cup will be the 17th staging of the Rugby League World Cup. The tournament is expected to include 16 men's teams as well as a women's competition, the same as is planned for 2021
According to technical director, Benjamin Ayimba, matches will be played midweek to create interests for fans. “We are going to do things differently. You do realize weekends can be very busy and therefore going forward, we want to play midweek and Friday night matches to create a buzz around the sport,” added Ayimba.