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Kenya 7s World Cup squad players' profile
By Eric Njiru | Wed 18 Jul, 2018 14:04

Meet the 12 players that will represent Kenya at the Rugby Sevens World Cup from July 20-22 at San Francisco, USA. 

1.Oscar Ayodi(Captain)
Position: Centre
Date of Birth: 29/9/1989
World Cup debut: San Francisco 2018
Club: Homeboyz
World Sevens Series Caps: 147
Tries scored: 38
Points scored: 190 

Ayodi has not had a good season due to injuries but he is the leader of the group and his return should be a boost to the squad. In 2016, he won the DHL Impact Player Award at Singapore 7s from 10 tackles, 4 breaks, 3 offloads and 23 carries.

2.Andrew Amonde
Position: Forward
Date of Birth: 25/12/1983
World Cup debut:
Club: KCB
World Sevens Series Caps: 311
Tries scored: 54
Points scored: 270 

Probably one of the best players at the just concluded World Sevens Series. He has the required experience and this is likely to be Amonde’s last World Cup given his age and he would be happy to bring it home. He captained the squad to the semis of 2013 World Cup and he is one of the four players retained from then.

3.Collins Injera
Position: Wing/Centre
Date of birth: 18/10/1986
World Cup debut: Dubai 2009
Club: Mwamba RFC
World Sevens Series Caps: 408
Tries scored: 271
Points Scored: 1393 

Injera is not a new name to Kenyan rugby. He has defined what Rugby Sevens is with his magnificent performance at the World Sevens Series. He becomes the first Kenyan player to be named for three straight World Cup tournaments. With 271 tries, 27 in the last campaign, the Mwamba RFC man will be one of those to watch out in San Francisco.

4.Willy Ambaka
Position: Forward
Date of Birth:14/5/1990
World Cup debut: Moscow 2013
Club: Kenya Harlequin
World Sevens Series caps: 220
Tries scored: 115
Points scored: 575 

Ambaka was Kenya’s top scorer last season with 31 tries and will definitely continue his form in San Francisco. He was among 11 debutants named in 2013 by Mike Friday and since then he has been superb for Kenya 7s. In 2016, Friday termed Ambaka as a wrecking ball, particularly emphasizing on his finishing power.

5.Eden Agero
Position: Back
Date of birth: 17/9/1990
World Cup debut: Moscow 2013
Club: Kenya Harlequin
World Sevens Series caps: 100
Tries scored: 16
Points scored: 250 

The Kenya Harlequin scrum-half is one of the unsung heroes in the Kenya 7s but Simiyu knows how important he has been since re-introducing him in 2016. He is one of the survivors from the squad that played in Moscow in 2013.

6.Samuel Oliech
Position: Back
Date of birth: 15/12/1993
World Cup debut: San Francisco 2018
Club: Impala Saracens
World Sevens Series caps: 112
Tries scored: 29
Points scored: 359 

Oliech missed the last rounds of World Sevens Series but has recovered in time for the World Cup. This will be his first World Cup and he will be eager to come out on top.

7.Nelson Oyoo
Position: Wing
Date of birth: 26/6/1194
World Cup debut: San Francisco 2018
Club: Top Fry Nakuru
World Sevens Series caps: 138
Tries scored: 38
Points scored: 190

Coming from Nakuru RFC, Oyoo is a consistent member of the Kenya 7s team and should terrorize opponents on the wing. He’s terrific with the ball and is one for the future.

8.Dennis Ombachi
Position: Centre
Date of Birth:14/5/1991
World Cup debut: San Francisco 2018
Club: Nondescript RFC
World Sevens Series caps: 100
Tries scored: 39
Points scored: 195 

Ombachi was devastated after missing out on the 2013 squad but finally gets his chance. He can play as a forward and on the wing. Despite suffering a nasty injury last December, the Nondescripts RFC man has worked hard to recover in time and should be another to watch out for.

9.Jeff Oluoch
Position: Centre
Date of birth: 2/4/1995
World Cup debut: San Francisco 2018
Club: Menengai Cream Homeboyz
World Sevens Series Caps: 51
Tries scored: 16
Points scored: 80 

The Homeboyz 7s team captain hasn’t looked back since he returned to Kenya 7s. He’s young and eager to get the results. He has just completed the first full season and the World Cup just came in time for his promising career.

10.Brian Tanga
Position: Back
Date of birth:13/9/1995
World Cup debut: San Francisco 2018
Club: Kabras Sugar
World Sevens Series caps: 64
Tries scored: 13
Points scored: 97

The 2016 national sevens circuit top point scorer provides another option to Simiyu. He has 64 caps at the World Sevens Series on his back which is enough for the World stage.

11.Herman Humwa
Position: Forward
Date of Birth: 8/11/1995
World Cup debut: San Francisco 2018
Club: Kenya Harlequin
World Sevens Series caps: 21
Tries scored: 2
Points scored: 10 

He may not be on the same level as Ambaka or Amonde but Humwa provides options in the forward line. The Kenya Harlequin man will be looking to take his career to the next stage in San Francisco. He played for Kenya U19 before and has always wanted to break to the senior team, it’s his time!

12.Samuel Ng'ethe
Position: Back
Date of birth: 15/5/1995
World Cup debut: San Francisco 2018
Club: Menengai Oilers
World Sevens Series caps: 15
Tries scored: 4
Points scored: 20 

After a wonderful local sevens season with Menengai Oilers, Ng’ethe and Eric Ombassa received Kenya Sevens call-up and just like Humwa, Sevens World Cup will be Ng'ethe's place to build his confidence as he prepares to lead Kenya in the coming days.

Management
1.Innocent Simiyu

Position: Head Coach

2.Geoffrey Kimani
Position: Strength and Conditioning coach 

3.Lameck Bogonko
Position: Physiotherapist 

4.Eric Ogweno
Position: Team Manager 

Kenya Sevens World Cup results-
Argentina 2001- Bowl semis, lost 35-12 to Chile
Hong Kong 2005- Bowl semis, lost 28-15 to Italy
Dubai 2009-  Cup semis, lost 12-0 to Argentina
Moscow 2013- Third place, lost 29-5 to Fiji

Eric Njiru
ericnjiru41@gmail.com 0726205521
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