Kenya 7s head coach Paul Feeney admitted the postponed Hong Kong and Singapore 7s legs of the 2020 World Sevens Series pose new challenge as far as planning and approach is concerned.
World Rugby, the Hong Kong Rugby Union and Sport Singapore took the decision to reschedule the Hong Kong and Singapore round in response to continued health concerns relating to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
Both events will be rescheduled to conclude the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series 2020 with the HSBC Singapore Sevens now taking place on 10-11 October and the Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens completing the series on 16-18 October.
Final leg of the 2020 World Sevens Series, Paris 7s, will be played on May 30 and 31. The competing teams will take a break before resuming training for Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games set for July 27 to August 1 in Japan.
“We looking no further than the Olympics stage. Obviously after the Olympics the boys will need time off because the preps will be very intense. They’ll need three weeks towards the end of August and then they can build for four five weeks for Hong Kong and Singapore,” said Feeney after naming the squad to LA 7s.
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“Basically it would be part of new season just before the Safari 7s. Get couple of weeks off then back to look at Dubai. We’ll be a lot better prepared for Dubai which we normally start slow having had those high games in October.”
Feeney hinted they are looking at options where Kenya 7s may go for camp with South Africa being one of them.
“It’s about freshening them up, giving them time out of rugby. I think it won’t be easy we just have to look at it as part of the new season.
We are investigating a country and top quality opposition to go and play them. South Africa may be one of them because it makes sense they are near us”
2020 HSBC World Sevens Series Schedule:
29 February – 1 March, 2020: LA 7s 7-8 March, 2020: Vancouver 7s
23-24 May, 2020: London 7s
30-31 May, 2020: Paris 7s
27 July-1 August, 2020: Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games
10-11 October, 2020: Singapore 7s
16-18 October, 2020: Hong Kong 7s