NAIROBI, Kenya March 17 – This will be one of the most thrilling contests given that the world cup in Dubai saw all the four big guns in the world of sevens lose out at the semi final stage, and they shall be looking to redeem themselves.
South Africa, New Zealand, Fiji and England are licking their wounds and personally I am happy we weren’t drawn with any of them at least in Hong Kong.
The other twist to this very big tournament it that it carries the most points in the series and that it’s got huge prize money that even Kenya would be happy to pocket.
Honk Kong is the perfect kind of pool for anyone, we have landed Scotland who on a good day will beat anyone but we know that they have not been in great form of late.
USA have shown some fighting spirit in the last IRB tournaments but failed to spark during the World Cup so we want to capitalize on their loss of rhythm.
West Indies are a team that don’t play much but whenever they appear they feel that they can upset anyone, for them we will have to play clinical rugby.
In Australia, the Adelaide pool has the second best team in Africa, South Africa. They are still the top in this year’s circuit and definitely want revenge against their loss to us in Wellington so get ready for a cracker.
Japan always brings their speed and determination to the park and to beat them we need to be efficient with our plays.
And last in that group there is Cook Island, one of the most skilful teams anywhere but are let down by their fitness so outlasting them would do the trick.
All in all it’s a good hunting fortnight for us and we are gearing up to it now.
The writer is the national sevens rugby coach.