NAIROBI, Kenya, May 29 – Current International Rugby Board (IRB) Sevens series top try scorer Collins Injera and his elder brother Humphrey Kayange have been nominated for the IRB Sevens Player of the Year award.
The Mwamba duo are amongst six nominees contesting for the most coveted individual prize in sevens rugby whose winner will be announced at a gala function at the conclusion of this weekend’s Edinburgh Sevens.
Their nomination caps a stellar season in which they catapulted Kenya to the forefront of sevens rugby with inspirational performances and inspirational leadership.
Injera has crossed the whitewash 35 times while his electric pace and bone crunching defence have also stood out in what has been a magical season for the flier.
The winger was also one of the nominees for last year’s Sports Personality of the Year Awards (SOYA) in which his side won the his side clinched the Team of the Year Award for the second year running.
Captaining Kenya for the econd year in a row, Kayange spearheaded Kenya’s epic journey to the main cup semis of the 2009 Rugby World Cup Sevens and the final of the Adelaide Sevens back in April.
A win for either player will see them placed in the pantheon of sevens greats like England’s Simon Amor, Orene Ai’i of New Zealand and Samoa stalwart Uale Mai.
Kenya is currently preparing for the last leg of the series which starts on Saturday afternoon and are in Pool C where they will lock horns with Canada, England and home side Scotland.
Other players who have nominated for the award include Springbok duo Mpho Mbiyozo and Renfred Dazel, England maestro Ollie Phillips and Emosi Vucago of Fiji.
The players were nominated by the team management of each of the 12 core teams of the IRB series.