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Returning Oliech ready to roar again
By Eric Njiru | Thu 20 Feb, 2020 12:41

Kenya 7s fly-half Sammy Oliech is delighted World Sevens Series will reverse to the old format of quarters and semis at Los Angeles  and Vancouver 7s.

Oliech returns after missing one season and four legs after he was on Thursday named in the Kenya 7s squad for the America tour. 

“I feel ready,” he said after team naming at Quins. “I have done some work over the last couple of weeks so just waiting to get there.”

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Oliech says “there’s always pressure at this stage, it’s something you have to get used to but we’ll do our best to represent the country.”

The 27-year old has played 114 matches at the World Sevens Series scoring 359 points from 29 tries  and 107 conversions averaging 3.15 points per game. 

Kenya Sevens, who sit 11th on 26 points after four legs, are pooled with South Africa, Ireland and Canada in the Los Angeles 7s. 

“Season is not the best so far we need to fine a few things but with time as we are building for the Olympics will get better.”

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.

“It’s not bad,” said a relaxed Oliech. “It gives players a big chance to get into he semis and final which is a good opportunity and good for us”

The Impala Saracens star replaces fly-half Johnstone Olindi in the squad with the KCB player one of the five rested by head coach Paul Feeney. 

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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