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Kenya name Ouma, Oliech for LA, Vancouver 7s
By Eric Njiru | Thu 20 Feb, 2020 09:01

Oscar Ouma and Sammy Oliech are set for their HSBC World Sevens Series seasonal debut after being named in the Kenya 7s squad for LA 7s and Vancouver 7s legs.

The duo is joined by Jacob Ojee, Dan Sikuta and Oscar Dennis who return from rest and injury respectively.

The five players replace Johnstone Olindi, Bush Mwale, Geoffrey Okwach, Herman Humwa and Nelson Oyoo. 

Kenya Sevens is pooled with South Africa, Ireland and Canada in the Los Angeles 7s. 

The fifth tournament of the series takes place at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, Los Angeles.

Unlike the New Zealand and Australian legs of the World Series, the Los Angeles event will be a men's only affair and will, therefore, revert to the format where the top two teams in each pool qualify for the quarterfinals.

"Three games in day one three games in day two is fabulous. We are looking forward to the old formats. Our goal is to finish in the top and from there anything can happen," said Paul Feeney, Kenya 7s head coach. 

Captain Andrew Amonde said: 

"We've done everything possible to be able to do our best. It’s a challenge to the boys who are returning to the squad. Playing SA fourth time in the circuit is not easy. They have beaten us twice and we’ve only won once. They will be a different side and we are looking forward to the challenge."

"The squad is well balanced which is a big boost for us. It’s better for us a team because we are preparing for the Olympics."

"The format in Sydney was a little bit difficult because it was very demanding. This time round we have another chance because two teams can go through. This is something we know how to go through."

The LA 7s will be held from March 1st to 2nd.

Kenya 7s squad to LA 7s:
Andrew Amonde, Jeff Oluoc, Collins Injera, Daniel Taabu, Billy Odhiambo, Dan Sikuta, Oscar Ouma, Oscar Dennis, Sammy Oliech, Jacob Ojee, Willy Ambaka, Vincent Onyala, Alvin Otieno. 

LA 7s Draw:
Pool A: Fiji, Argentina, France, Korea
Pool B: South Africa, Kenya, Ireland, Canada
Pool C: USA, Australia, Scotland, Samoa
Pool D: England, New Zealand, Wales, Spain

Eric Njiru
Award-winning, bold, independent Rugby Journalist and Radio Presenter in Kenya, Southern Hemisphere with experience in Match-Day Reporting, News and Interviews. Covering Kenya 7s around the World. Email: ericnjiru41@gmail.com +254726205521
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