A Kenya 7s provisional squad for 2018/19 season has been released by the Kenya Rugby Union(KRU) ahead of the new campaign that kicks-off in October with Africa 7s.
The squad contains a number of those who were in the team last season and those selected from the just concluded national sevens circuit.
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New players to the squad include Mwamba scrum-half Ronnie Omondi, Brian Wandera and Johnstone Olindi of Homeboyz, Mwamba duo of Daniel Taabu - the overall National Sevens Circuit MVP and Eliakim Kichoi, Nakuru's Philip Kwame, Benjamin Marshall of Nondies, KCB's Vincent Onyala, Mark Wandeto of Homeboyz - the top try scorer at the end of the Sevens Circuit, Archadius Khwesa of Blak Blad and Timothy Mmasi of MMUST.
Those who have received a call up for the second time are Menengai's Harold Anduvati, Mwamba's Martin Wanjia, Blak Blad scrum-half Brian Wahinya who is part of Kenya 7s academy, Geoffrey Ominde of Nakuru RFC, KCB half-back Ahmed Shaban and Nakuru's Monate Akwei.
Former Kenya 7s players who return to the squad are Homeboyz captain Leonard Mugaisi, Alvin Otieno, Nondies centre Oscar Dennis, Impala's Samuel Motari, Michael Wanjala of Homeboyz who was in the squad under Paul Treu and Cyprian Kuto of Kenya Harlequin.
2017/18 players making the squad under performance review and eligible are Andrew Amonde, Brian Tanga, Collins Injera, Dan Sikuta, Eden Agero, Frank Wanyama, Eric Ombasa, Nelson Oyoo, Billy Odhiambo, Jeff Oluoch, Herman Humwa and Willy Ambaka.
KCB's Arthur Owira, Impala's Samuel Oliech and South Africa based William Reeves are also selected but absent due to injury and other reasons.
Current captain Oscar Ayodi does not make the squad alongside Nakuru's Oscar Ouma, who captained Kenya in the better part of last season but has not been seen in action since Singapore 7s in late April, Samuel Ng'ethe of Menengai Oilers, Augustine Lugonzo of Homeboyz and Dennis Ombachi of Nondies.
After Africa 7s, Kenya will return home to prepare for Safari 7s set for November 10 as well as first leg of the new season, Dubai 7s set for November 30.
With head coach Innocent Simiyu's contract expiring on October 17, the Kenya Rugby Union is set to name a new technical bench after conducting the ongoing interviews.
"The squad is set to have their trials and initial assessment tests this weekend after which the final squad will start their preparations for the Africa Cup Championship in Tunisia before embarking on the 2018/19 HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series in December," said KRU.
Kenya 7s Provisional squad
Props: 1.Brian Wandera (Homeboyz) 2. Eliakim Kichoi (Mwamba) 3. Harold Anduvati (Oilers) 4. Benjamin Marshall (Nondies) 5. Philip Kwame (Nakuru) 6.Timothy Mmasi (MMUST) 7. Andrew Amonde (KCB) 8. Alvin Otieno (Homeboyz
Hookers: 9.Monate Akwei (Nakuru) 10. Frank Wanyama (Quins) 11. Paul Mutsami (Impala)
Scrum-Half: 12.Brian Wahinya (Blak Blad) 13.Michael Wanjala (Homeboyz) 14. Ronnie Omondi (Mwamba) 15. Geoffrey Ominde (Nakuru)
Fly-Half: 16.Ahmed Shaban (KCB) 17. Johnstone Olindi (Homeboyz) 18. Mark Kwemoi (Impala) 19. Daniel Taabu (Mwamba) 20. Matt Wanjia (Mwamba)
Centre: 21. Gramwell Bunyasi (Nakuru) 22 .Leonard Mugaisi (Homeboyz) 23. Samuel Motari (Impala) 24. Oscar Dennis (Nondies) 25. Vincent Onyala (KCB) 26.Mark Wandeto (Homeboyz) 27. Anya Edmund (Strathmore) 28. Archadius Khwesa (Blak Blad) 29. Derrick Keyoga (Oilers) 30. Cyprian Kuro (Quins)
2017/18 squad eligible for 2018/19
31. Brian Tanga (Kabras) 32. Collins Injera (Mwamba) 33. Eden Agero (Quins) 34. Dan Sikuta (Kabras) 35. Eric Ombasa (Oilers) 36. Nelson Oyoo (Nakuru) 37. Billy Odhiambo (Mwamba) 38. Jeffrey Oluoch (Homeboyz) 39. Herman Humwa (Quins) 40. Willy Ambaka (Quins)
Injured: 41. Arthur Owira (KCB) 42. Samuel Oliech (Impala Saracens)
Away in South Africa: 44.William Reeves