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Zimbabwe clash squad unveiled

NAIROBI, Kenya, July 21- Three changes have been made to the national rugby 15s squad that will face Zimbabwe in a Victoria Cup clash at Nyayo National Stadium on Saturday.

While naming the team on Thursday, assistant head coach, Charles Ngovi said the squad announced was the best outfit to achieve the desired win as Kenya, who ended their grip on the Victoria Cup last weekend in Kampala, seek rise up the IRB World Rankings.

“We are going all out on Saturday for a win. This fixture has a ranking issue and the higher you are ranked, the better the teams you get to face in international matches,” Ngovi said as the side plots to move up from the position 38 they are occupying currently.

Lawrence Buyachi and Isaac Adimu have been elevated to the starting-15 with Dennis Abenga drafted in for Moses Amusala who made the trip to Kampala where Kenya, who were seeking a bonus win against the hosts to retain hopes of holding on to the Victoria Cup trophy, went down 32-18.

“We have reviewed the tape for that match and corrected the two mistakes we made, one being the lack of concentration in the final minutes and the second, not turning our possession and territorial advantage to points,” Ngovi, who forecast a tough fixture against the side that mowed his team 42-24 in Harare in May added.

At the same time, Kenya Rugby Union (KRU) are in the process of securing an international friendly in October to get the side ready for the Confederation of Africa Rugby (CAR) Cup that will kick-off a month later.

Kenya will host against Morocco, Tunisia and Namibia in the CAR tournament.

“As a union we are looking for a major friendly to be played on October 29. It will be one weekend after the IRB World Cup final and a week ahead of the Safaricom Safari Sevens.

“We really want to win the CAR Cup and it is important to keep the boys intact and make sure they do not lose out in the benefits they have made in the last two months,” KRU chair, Mwangi Muthee said on Thursday.

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In the intervening period, the team’s front row will travel to South Africa next month to sharpen their skills next month in Mpumalanga to feature in a sevens tournament.

“The back row players will be involved in the local sevens circuit and the technical bench should come up with friendlies to keep them involved,” Muthee added.

15s SQUAD FOR ZIMBABWE

1. Joel Nganga 2. Vincent Ongera 3. Daniel Kiptoo 4. Martin Likami 5. Ronny Mwenesi 6. Anthony Mutai 7. Andrew Amonde 8. Lawrence Buyachi 9. Peter Mutai 10. Isaac Adimu 11. Peter Abuoga 12. Patrice Agunda 13. Kelvin Omiyo 14. Victor Sudi 15. Vincent Mose 16. Dennis Abenga 17. Dennis Karani 18. Victor Oduor 19. Kevin Mogere 20.Edwin Achayo 21. Nato Simiyu 22.Allan Kwambuka

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