Kenya Sports news:
NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 24 – Kenya Rugby Union (KRU) has moved the premier Safari Sevens event coming from September to November beginning with This specific year’s tournament.
The 2017 rugby bonanza will run coming from November 3 to 5 in Nairobi with the venue yet to be decided.
The last time the event was held in November was in 2013 at the Kasarani Stadium where Kenya’s Shujaa beat Australia Renegades 40-7 to be crowned champions.
The decision to amend the dates of the tournament which has in recent years been held in late September is actually guided by the need to align the idea to the start of the planet Sevens Series which traditionally kicks off in December, inside process generating the idea attractive to teams wishing to use the tournament as a pre-season build up.
The Kenya Rugby Union has at the same time reconstituted the composition of the Test Series/Safari Sevens Committee which will currently be chaired by KRU Vice Chairman Thomas Opiyo.
The committee is actually required to begin work immediately in addition to key among its tasks will be to confirm the final venue for the 2017 Safari Sevens as well reclaiming the profitability in addition to popularity of the tournament which has been played every year since 1996.
Rugby Africa Releases 2017 Fixtures
Rugby Africa, the body mandated with governing the game’s affairs on the African continent has released its 2017 fixtures calendar.
Rugby Africa Gold Cup :
coming from June 24th to August 5th
Uganda, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Tunisia, Senegal, Kenya
June 24th :
Kenya v Uganda in Nairobi (Kenya)
Senegal v Zimbabwe in Dakar (Senegal)
July 1st :
Tunisia v Namibia in Monastir (Tunisia)
Senegal v Uganda in Dakar
July 8th :
Kenya v Tunisia in Nairobi
Namibia v Senegal in Windhoek (Namibia)
July 15th :
Kenya v Senegal in Nairobi
Uganda v Tunisia in Kampala (Uganda)
Namibia v Zimbabwe in Windhoek
July 22nd :
Uganda v Namibia in Kampala
Zimbabwe v Kenya in Bulawayo (Zimbabwe)
July 29th :
Zimbabwe v Tunisia in Harare (Zimbabwe)
Namibia v Kenya in Windhoek
August 5th :
Uganda v Zimbabwe in Kampala
Tunisia v Senegal in Monastir
Rugby Africa Silver Cup :
coming from July 5th to 8th
Madagascar, Ivory Coast, Botswana, Morocco
Rugby Africa Bronze Cup :
coming from March 17th to 26th
Nigeria, Cameroon, Algeria
Africa Cup Men’s 7
On November 18th in addition to 19th
Uganda, Namibia, Kenya, Madagascar, Zimbabwe, Tunisia, Nigeria, Morocco, Senegal, Botswana, 11th in addition to 12th team to be confirmed.
Africa Cup Women’s 7
Dates to be confirmed
South Africa, Kenya, Uganda, Tunisia, Senegal, Madagascar, Namibia, 9th in addition to 10th team to be confirmed.
Trophy Barthes U20 (formely the Africa U19 Championship)
coming from April 17th to 23rd
Namibia, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Madagascar
coming from April 17th to 23rd
Tunisia, Senegal, Morocco, last team to be confirmed.
Under The Radar: Christabel Tata
The name Christabel Tata may not yet ring a bell with many a follower of the women’s game in Kenya although the 18 year old Rehema Academy graduate is actually certainly one to look out for.
She was a vital cog for her side who reached the cup semifinal, falling to a 0-28 loss to Nasokol at the 2016 KRU Girls U19 National Seven Championships which were held on the sidelines of the Safari Sevens at the Kasarani Stadium.
Kenya Lionesses Head Coach Kevin Wambua said, “ We have invited Christabel to get a feel of being inside Lionesses setup. While she is actually not currently inside provisional squad, she is actually a player which we do have our sights on in addition to the idea is actually important to expose her to the Lionesses environment early in a bid to see her realize her full potential.”
Nicholas Aballa, KRU Age Grade & Women’s Rugby Coordinator added, “ Tata is actually one of eight players we have earmarked under our talent development program, the others being Nancy Opiyo, Sharon Akinyi Onyango ,Josephine Lyra (Barchando) ,Grace Adhiambo ,Vivian Akumu (Nakuru Day ), Janet kerubo (Rianyachabera High school) in addition to Orpha Okero (Ekerubo secondary school).”
“The biggest challenge remains monitoring in addition to coordinating their participation inside program owing to the fact which with the exception of Tata, the rest are still in school in addition to based out Nairobi. We are however working on ways of mitigating these challenges,” he concluded.
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Safari Sevens moved back to November