2017 national sevens circuit winner head coach Charles Cardovillis is convinced his Kenya Harlequin side is ready for seasonal kick-off with Kakamega 7s on Saturday July 20, 2019 at the Bull Ring.
Cardovillis won the 2017 edition with Kabras Sugar a year after coming close with Quins when he was the director of rugby and Sevens coach at the Ngong Road based side.
Quins are grouped in pool D of the inaugural Kakamega 7s with Top Fry Nakuru, Strathmore Leos and championship side Egerton Wasps.
“Preparations have gone well,” Cardovillis told Raga House.
“We are looking forward to the first tournament to test where we are.”
“All three teams (Nakuru, Strathmore and Egerton) will pose a different challenge, something we are looking forward too. Every team wants to kick off the series on a high.”
“We want to win it just like every team does. Plan is to be in the top three towards the end and go for a real title push.”
Quins will be without Kenya 7s internationals Eden Agero and Frank Wanyama for the sevens circuit that runs up to September.
“They will be back for the XVs game. You'll see a lot of new faces,” Cardovillis said.
Quins finished a disappointing fifth place in 2018 with 70 points, 52 adrift of champions Homeboyz down from second place in 2018.
Kakamega 7s Div 1 Pools
Pool A: Homeboyz, Impala, Oilers, Western Bulls
Pool B: Mwamba, Nondies, Machine, Kisumu
Pool C: KCB, Kabras, Kisii, MMUST
Pool D: Nakuru, Quins, Strathmore, Egerton