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Kenya 7s hope to turn tables at Singapore 7s
By Eric Njiru | Fri 12 Apr, 2019 15:07

Kenya’s quest for first seasonal cup quarters continues on Saturday April 13 at Singapore 7s as race to avoid relegation between Wales, Japan and Kenya heats up.

Kenya is yet to reach a Cup Quarterfinal in the 2018/19 season. 

At the bottom end of the series standings the competition is equally intense as Wales, Japan and Kenya battle to avoid relegation with only three points separating the bottom three teams.

The Singapore 7s pool draw sees reigning Singapore title holders Fiji face South Africa, Scotland and Canada in Pool A.

In Pool B France will be looking to continue their fine form following two consecutive cup final appearances and are up against Argentina, Australia and Hong Kong. Pool C sees series leaders USA take on England, Kenya and Wales, while in Pool D third placed New Zealand are drawn with Samoa, Japan and Spain.

Kenya’s first game will be against England at 5.44am on Saturday. USA will follow at 9.34am before taking on Wales at 12.38pm.

Speaking to World Rugby this week, Kenya Captain Jeffrey Oluoch said: “I’m looking forward to this weekend’s competition and hope it is going to be a great one for us.”

“We are currently 13th in the table and close to the other teams so we need to bag maximum points as much as we can this weekend and we’re aiming for the quarter-finals to stretch the margin from the other teams."

"There is a lot of excitement in the camp, training has been good, the boys are psyched up and have high hopes for this weekend.”

Singapore is the eighth leg of the ten-round HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series and the USA currently sit at the top of the series standings with 130 points.

Alongside second placed Fiji (123 points) and third placed New Zealand (118 points), they have an opportunity to secure qualification to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games this weekend in Singapore, by ensuring a top-four position in the series standings at the end of the season.

At Singapore 7s, Andrew Amonde is set to earn his 68th cap at the HSBC World Sevens Series.

Kenya 7s Squad (caps)
Daniel Taabu(7), Daniel Sikuta(29), Bush Mwale(26), Augustine Lugonzo(26), Vincent Onyala(6), Jeff Oluoch(13), Eden Agero(31), Andrew Amonde(67), Nelson Oyoo(29), Johnstone Olindi(6), Oscar Dennis(1), Mark Wandeto(3), Shadon Munoko(1)

Singapore 7s Fixtures
Day 1 Saturday April 13, 2019
5am New Zealand vs Japan
5.22am Samoa vs Spain
5.44am England vs Kenya
6.06am USA vs Wales
6.30am Argentina vs Australia
6.52am France vs Hong Kong
7.14am Soouth Africa vs Scotland
7.36am Fiji vs Canada

8.28am New Zealand vs Spain
8.50am Samoa vs Japan
9.12am England vs Wales
9.34am USA vs Kenya
9.56am Argentina vs Hong Kong
10.18am France vs Australia
10.40am South Africa vs Canada
11.02am Fiji vs Scotland

11.54am Japan vs Spain
12.16pm Samoa vs New Zealand
12.38pm Kenya vs Wales
1pm USA vs England
1.22pm Australia vs Hong Kong
1.44pm France vs Argentina
2.06pm Scotland vs Canada
2.28pm Fiji vs South Africa

Day 2, Sunday April 14, 2019
Challenge Trophy 5am
Cup quarters 6.30am
Cup Semis 10.50am

Eric Njiru
ericnjiru41@gmail.com 0726205521
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