P Paula Kerre from BLAZE awarding Quins No . 15 William Reeve Man of the match award at Floodies on Sat 13 Oct, 2018. Photo Credit - Impala Saracens
Ring ring; Kenya Simbas call on Quins newcomer
By Patrick Korir | Fri 19 Oct, 2018 12:21

"I’ve trained with the (Kenya Simbas) XVs and have sent them my footage; I’m just waiting for the phone to ring." said 'unknown' William Reeve during his 'official' intro to Kenya Rugby's wider audience in early October.

Weeks later that important call came; This was after he took home a Man of the Match Award last weekend as he made his Kenya Harlequin debut in a quarterfinal match at the Impala Floodlit tournament against host Impala Saracens.

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"I received communication after that game to report to the Kenya Simbas camp to train with the rest for the repecharge. My intention is to do what I can with the Simbas. They need my full commitment from this week," said a visibly excited Reeve

 Interestingly, he is in the bracket for Kenya sevens training and has to make tough choices between the two.

"I have also been ask to prepare with the Sevens team and i have been trying to engage the coach (Paul) Murunga to see what can happen. I know there are other Sevens players in the Simbas and the agreement is that after the repecharge they come back to  the sevens team,"

Due to the Simba's call, Reeve, a Captain by rank in The Royal Gurkha Rifles, an Infantry Regiment, has had to relocate from his base in Nanyuki to Nairobi.

He will stay on as long as it will take with a view of making the final squad to the repechage in Marseille, France in November.

"I trained with the Simbas this week and we have a further training on Friday morning. Everyone is happy and carrying on about their business, improving session to session,"

"I am staying in Nairobi while training and I will stay on till the squad in named. Should I be selected I will extend my stay then travel to France,"

"I am starting to earn my right and my place in the team and showing the guys - the players and the coaches - what I can do. Ultimately it is not my decision (to be selected) am just working to do what I can do and see what happens."

Kenya Harlequin head coach Charles Cardovillis said "he was happy for him" following this development. 

At the repecharge Kenya, Hong Kong, Canada and Germany will be fighting out for the 20th and final slot to the 2019 World set for Japan.

Patrick Korir
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