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NAIROBI, Kenya, October 6 – Veteran Dennis Mwanja has been recalled to the National sevens squad to prepare for the upcoming 2009/2010 International Rugby Board (IRB) Sevens Series.
DENNIS_MWANJAMwanja who has been part of the furniture of the sevens set up since 2002 missed the whole of last season including the Rugby Sevens World Cup after damaging his knee at the World Cup qualifiers in Tunisia and undergoing subsequent surgery.

Other noteworthy call ups include national Under 20 trio Collins Omae, Patrice Agunda and Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB) enforcer Ken Isindu.

Flyhalf Peter Ocholla who was in sublime form for Impala in the latter stages of their Kenya Cup campaign has another chance of regaining his place in the side which is currently being occupied by Lavin Asego.

Apart from the IRB Series, the squad will also be preparing for the 19th Commonwealth Games in Pune, India.

The team will also be primed for five other subsidiary tournaments next year including Mosi and Middlesex Sevens.

Last season, Kenya finished sixth overall in the standings with 64 points after a superb season that saw them beat defending series champions South Africa and New Zealand twice and appearing in the main cup final of the Adelaide leg.

Mwamba flyer Collins Injera finished the season as top try scorer with 42 tries and was nominated for IRB Sevens player of the year.

Kenya has been grouped with England, United States and Russia in Pool C of Dubai Sevens set for December 3-5.

The team will gather at the Rugby Football Union of East (RFUEA) grounds this Saturday for their first training session.

Squad:

Humphrey Kayange, Horace Otieno, Collins Injera, Lavin Asego, Ben Nyambu, Biko Adema, Charles Kanyi, Sidney Ashioya, Allan Onyango, Leon Adongo, Collins Omae, Victor Oduor, Naftali Bondo, Innocent Simiyu, Brian Nyikuli, Peter Ocholla, Wilson K’opondo, Maurice Mbai, Joshua Gathumbi, Andrew Amonde, Ken Isindu, Dennis Mwanja, Victor Sudi, Patrice Agunda, Ian Were

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