Kenya 7s provisional squad for 2019/20 HSBC World Sevens Series will be named 'soon' by Kenya Rugby Union as Raga House understands.
A select group trained on Thursday at Impala Club focusing mainly on strength and conditioning, medical assessment and skills. The players, both seniors and juniors, are drawn from the ongoing National sevens circuit.
The provisional group will kick-off preparations for the upcoming Safari 7s and 2019 Africa 7s that doubles up as qualifiers for 2020 Tokyo Olympics games.
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Sevens is experiencing exponential growth and as well as breaking records on the pitch, the men’s and women’s HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series 2019 reached all-time fan engagement figures with over 198 million video views, a 65 per cent increase on 2018.
Rounds two and three of the 2020 HSBC Series are combined events alongside the men’s series, taking place in Dubai, UAE on 5-7 December 2019 and in Cape Town, South Africa on 13/14-15 December 2019 where the women will play at the Cape Town Stadium for the first time.
In the new year, both the men and women will travel to Hamilton, New Zealand where they will play their third combined event on 25-26 January before both travelling to Sydney, Australia for 1-2 February.
The first standalone men’s competition of 2020 will take place in Los Angeles, the USA on 29 February to 1 March followed by Vancouver, Canada a week later on 7-8 March.
The fifth dual men’s and women’s event will be hosted in Hong Kong from 3-5 April before the eighth round of the men’s series is hosted in Singapore on 11-12 April.
The penultimate stop on the women’s circuit will take place in Langford, Canada on 2-3 May with the ninth men’s round being hosted at Twickenham Stadium in London, England on 23-24 May.
The men’s and women’s competitions will both culminate in Paris, France on 30-31 May at the Stade Jean-Bouin.
HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series 2020 schedule:
5-6 October 2019: Infinity Park, Colorado, USA – women’s standalone event
5-7 December 2019: The Sevens, Dubai, UAE – combined men’s and women’s event
13-15 December 2019: Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town, South Africa – combined men’s and women’s event
25-26 January 2020: FMG Stadium, Hamilton, New Zealand – combined men’s and women’s event
1-2 February 2020: Bankwest Stadium, Sydney, Australia – combined men’s and women’s event
29 February – 1 March 2020: Dignity Health Sports Park, Los Angeles, USA – men’s standalone event
7-8 March 2020: BC Place Stadium, Vancouver, Canada – men’s standalone event
3-5 April 2020: Hong Kong Stadium, Hong Kong – combined men’s and women’s event
11-12 April 2020: National Stadium, Singapore – men’s standalone event
2-3 May 2020: Westhills Stadium, Langford, Canada – women’s standalone event
23-24 May 2020: Twickenham Stadium, London, England – men’s standalone event
30-31 May 2020: Stade Jean-Bouin, Paris, France – combined men’s and women’s event
27 July-1 August 2020: Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, Tokyo, Japan