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Kenya outlines roadmap to 7s World Cup
By Eric Njiru | Mon 11 Jun, 2018 23:51

Kenya Sevens is back in Nairobi from the World Sevens Series that concluded on Sunday with Paris 7s. 

Shujaa arrived in the Kenyan capital on Monday evening with the focus now turning to the Sevens World Cup set for July 20-22 at San Francisco Bay, USA. 

Also read Attention shift to Rugby World Cup Sevens

Head Coach Innocent Simiyu told Raga House that he will give the boys a 10-day break before returning to prepare for the World Cup that returns for the first time since 2013. 

"We are taking a 10-day break we resume on Thursday next week but more of regeneration trying to get the bodies right but actual training starts two weeks from now," he spoke upon arrival at the Airport on Monday.

"The key thing for us now is for the boys to rest, go back to their families. We have really taken a lot of their time this year because they have been out of the country for long."

"We will have a four-week programme leading up to the World Cup which is a mix of skills and conditioning blocks and also tactical plans in regards to the teams we going to play."

In both, the men’s and women’s tournaments teams will have to win every match in order to be crowned World Cup winners. In the men’s competition, where nations will be competing to get their hands on the famous Melrose Cup, there will be an initial knock-out preliminary round featuring the nations ranked ninth to 24th, while the top eight seeds progress automatically to the round of 16. 

Also read 7s World Cup fixtures released

In the tryout format, Kenya 7s will play Tonga, a non-core team at the World Sevens Series, at the pre-round of 16 with the winner proceeding to take on Scotland in the round of 16 while the loser will be out of cup competition.

"If you look at the format of the World Cup you can't afford to make a mistake that means we have to get it right from game one against Tonga."

"Tonga we've played them before, a couple of times especially in the Commonwealth games and they are a very physical team; they play like Samoa but I think the pace that the World Sevens Series is at right now might be a bit too high for them to handle."

"We are planning to play at a pace that is there right now so that we can take advantage of that. It will be a tough game but we will try and minimize the physicality so that we ensure we don't pick unnecessary injuries," concluded Simyu. 

24 teams will take part in the Sevens World Cup. All eight quarter finalists from RWC Sevens 2013 in Moscow (New Zealand, England, Fiji, Kenya, South Africa, Wales, Australia and France) qualified automatically for the 2018 edition of the tournament as did host team the USA. 

Eric Njiru
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