NAIROBI, Kenya, December 2 – Kenya rugby sevens captain Humphrey Kayange believes their recent successes in the International Rugby Board (IRB) Sevens Series is an indication that small countries can compete with the established nations if given a chance.Kayange said on Tuesday that his team who are already in Dubai for the first leg of the series have broken down the barriers for other minnow countries to follow.
“For us we have been very successful because we have played very well and I’m sure all the other countries look up to us as an example,” said Kayange.
Kenya will be pleased to strut their stuff again at Dubai’s Sevens Stadium where they reached the main cup semi finals of the World Cup and would be hoping for more of the same when they line up against England, Russia and United States on Friday.
“We are aiming to win the tournament. Previously we looked at reaching the main cup quarters as an achievement but after reviewing what we did last year, we believe that we can win at least two tournaments this season,” said Kayange.
The Mwamba centre who was part of the IRB delegation that successfully lobbied the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to admit sevens into the Olympic family said that the rugby as a whole stands to benefit from the historic move.
“I think we are going to see the teams putting in much better perfomances. What’s interesting for us (Kenya) now is that we have much more support from home and it shows that sevens is undergoing a really big change,” said the Mwamba centre.
Meanwhile, Prinsloo champions Strathmore University are top seeds for this weekend’s George Kabeberi Sevens.
Strathmore will face Mean Machine and Kenyatta University Blak Blad in Pool A.
Kenya Harlequins who top the circuit are in Pool B where they will line up against former champions Mwamba, Kenya and Mombasa Polytechnics.
Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB) will lock horns with the ever improving Masinde Muliro University, United States International University (USIU) and Kisumu RFC.
Pool D has all the hallmarks of a classic encounters with Nakuru, Impala and Nondies all expected to go hammer and tongs at each other.