Kenya Simbas head coach Ian Snook on Friday named the 23-man squad that will take on Canada in the first match of the 2019 Rugby World Cup repechage tournament in Marseille, France on Sunday Nov 11, 2018 from 3pm.
The squad includes a start for Poland based and Homeboyz back row Joshua Chisanga, KCB's Andrew Amonde and captain Davies Chenge while Kenya 7s international Sammy Oliech starts at fly-half.
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All-time second top try scorer at the HSBC World Sevens Series Collins Injera starts at midfield alongside Leo Seje as William Ambaka, Darwin Mukidza and Tony Onyango complete the back-line.
Second-row will feature Kabras Sugar's George Nyambua and Malcolm Onsando as Patrick Ouko, Coleman Were and Joseph Odero make up the front-row.
The reserves for this match are: Philip Ikabilli, Moses Amusala, Hilary Mwanjilwa, Wilson Kopondo, Oliver Mangeni, Mohammed Omollo, William Reeve and Martin Owillah.
This will be the first-ever meeting between Kenya and Canada as both sides are joined by Germany and Hong Kong who clash at 6pm in the four-team repechage where the winner will qualify for the 2019 Rugby World Cup.
Speaking to the Captain Davis Chenge, he had this to say, “Canada will be an exciting match and a vital one for our campaign as we haven’t played them before and I feel the result of that game will really matter a lot in terms of the morale of the team going forward.”
Wayne Barnes will officiate the Kenya-Canada game with his touch judges set to be George Clancy of Ireland and Sarah Cox of England.
Kenya Simbas starting line up against Canada
1.Patrick Ouko 2.Coleman Were 3.Joseph Odero 4.George Nyambua 5.Malcolm Onsando 6.Andrew Amonde 7.Davies Chenge 8.Joshua Chisanga 9.Samson Onsomu 10.Sammy Oliech 11.Willy Ambaka 12.Leo Seje 13.Collins Injera 14.Darwin Mukidza 15.Tony Onyango
16.Philip Ikabilli 17.Moses Amusala 18.Hilary Mwanjilwa 19.Wilson Kopondo 20.Oliver Mangeni 21.Mohammed Omollo 22.William Reeve 23.Martin Owillah.
Repechage Appointment Sunday Nov 11, 2018
Canada vs Kenya Ref- Wayne Barnes(RFU)
Citing- Buster White(England)
Judicial Chair- Jean-Noel Couraud(FRA)
Hong Kong vs Germany Ref- Pascal Gauezere(FFR)
Citing- Patrice Frantschi(Fra)
Judicial- Jean Noel Coyraud(FRA)