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London 7s fixtures
By Raga House | Sat 25 May, 2019 10:22

Kenya 7s heads to London 7s on Saturday, May 25, 2019, with only one goal in mind: to avoid relegation. 

Getting relegated from the HSBC World Sevens Series is unthinkable to everyone who follows Kenya 7s last season but as it stands, they must better Wales and Japan's performance in London and next weekend's Paris 7s to avoid that fate.

Getting relegated from the World Sevens Series comes with huge implications to any team. This may include reduced funding and failure to retain the squad. Getting back to the series is the hardest thing and many teams have failed to qualify back into the top tier league after suffering relegation.

If relegated, a team has to go through regional sevens tournaments then head to Hong Kong 7s for the qualifying tournament featuring champions and runners up from other continents where only one team qualifies for the series.

Kenya 7s sits 13th with 26 points, one above Wales while Japan occupies the red zone, the last and relegation spot with 22 points. 

Kenya 7s is grouped alongside Fiji (12.36pm), Samoa (3.20pm) and France (6.26pm) as Wales prepare to play Australia, USA and Spain. Japan will face South Africa Argentina and Canada.

The least ranked team after next weekend's Paris 7s will be relegated and replaced by Ireland. 

Homeboyz trio of forwards Brian Wandera, Charles Omondi and winger Cyprian Kuto alongside captain Jacob Ojee, who led to KCB to a third straight Kenya Cup title on Saturday, are back to the team after missing Singapore and Hong Kong 7s. 

Road to Tokyo 2020

Relegation battle aside, London 7s is also set to see the race for Tokyo 2020 Olympics qualification take centre stage as USA (145), Fiji (142), New Zealand (130), South Africa (121) and England (107) all chase the automatic ticket.

Top 4 teams will qualify automatically with the rest required to seek their ticket through regional tournaments. England, who fly United Kingdom's flag (Wales and Scotland) risk missing out if they don't finish within the top 4. They would be required to qualify through Europe 7s.

If South Africa is to miss out on automatic qualification, they would have to compete in this year's Africa 7s, worsening things for Kenya 7s who hope to rule the continent once again like 2015. 

London 7s will be held at Twickenham Stadium as is a tradition and will be broadcast live on Supersport in Sub-Saharan or World Rugby pages (geo-blocking applies). 

Kenya 7s Squad to London 7s
Vincent Onyala, Andrew Amonde, Bush Mwale, Daniel Sikuta, Charles Omondi, Eden Agero, Daniel Taabu, Jacob Ojee, Cyprian Kuto, Jeffrey Oluoch, Nelson Oyoo, Johnstone Olindi, Brian Wandera.

Standings ahead of London 7s
1.
USA 145
2.Fiji 142
3.New Zealand 130
4.South Africa 121
5.England 107
6.Samoa 87
7.Australia 80
8.Argentina 79
9.France 71
10.Scotland 62
11.Spain 47
12.Canada 41
13.Kenya 26
14.Wales 25
15.Japan 22

London 7s Fixtures

London 7s results
Australia vs Wales 28-10
USA vs Spain 29-5
Samoa vs France 14-22
Fiji vs Kenya 24-17
Argentina vs Canada 12-14
South Africa vs Japan 49-0
New Zealand vs Scotland 21-7
England vs Ireland 17-21
Australia vs Spain 42-12

USA vs Wales 2.58pm
Samoa vs Kenya 3.20pm
Fiji vs France 3.42pm
Argentina vs Japan 4.04pm
South Africa vs Canada 4.26pm
New Zealand vs Ireland 4.48pm
England vs Scotland 5.10pm

Wales vs Spain 5.42pm
USA vs Australia 6.04pm
France vs Kenya 6.26pm
Fiji vs Samoa 6.48pm
Canada vs Japan 7.10pm
South Africa vs Argentina 7.32pm
Scotland vs Ireland 7.54pm
England vs New Zealand 8.16pm

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