Rugby Rugby

Ashioya, Asego back in 7s World Series fold


NAIROBI, Kenya, November 22- The experienced duo of Lavin Asego and Sidney Ashioya return to the Kenyan squad for the Dubai and Port Elizabeth legs of the 2012/2013 HSBC Sevens World Series.

They missed out on the opening leg in Gold Coast owing to personal commitments and injury respectively.

Addressing the press at the RFUEA Grounds while naming the team, the Kenya Rugby Union’s Director of Elite Performance Philip Jalang’o said, “We anticipate a good performance from the team as they have prepared well.

“We are aware of the challenges faced in every leg of the series and the onus is on the players to put up consistent performances throughout the season. We believe the team we have selected is up to the task, this is the best team we have chosen for the upcoming assignments.”

Team captain Andrew Amonde, speaking about his side’s expectations said, “We still have a lot of expectations, we must play our first game in Dubai against Scotland and win, and prepare for the next games according to the first game.”

Speaking about the composition of his team’s preliminary round group in Dubai, he said,

“It is not an easy group. We shall take it step by step and we expect positive results. We will go all out, strive to reach as far as we can. We are out to exceed our performances in Gold Coast.”

Collins Injera, Biko Adema and Oscar Ouma will feature in Dubai, returning to Nairobi while Fabian Olando, Billy Odhiambo and Oscar Ayodi will feature in the Port Elizabeth squad.

Former captain Humphrey Kayange remains unavailable for selection at this point. The team leaves Nairobi on Sunday returning to on December 10.

At the same time, the Kenya Women’s Sevens Team to the annual invitational women’s tournament in Dubai was also named.

The women, who narrowly missed out on qualification to the 2013 RWC Sevens World Cup after falling 14-10 to Tunisia during the African qualifiers, will be out to put up a good showing in Dubai.

Team Manager Doris Mwanzia outlined, “The team is raring to go, we are out to put up a good show.”

Head Coach Kevin Wambua echoed her sentiments, adding, “The girls have prepared well, we look forward to a good outing in Dubai.”

KRU Chairman Mwangi Muthee wished the team well in Dubai, and noted that the Union accords equal treatment and attention to the team.

“We take women’s rugby very seriously and are keen to see it soar to greater heights,” he added on the team that leaves on Tuesday.

Sevens Squad to Dubai and Port Elizabeth:

Andrew Amonde, Philip Wamae (KCB), Dennis Ombachi, Collins Injera, Lavin Asego, Horace Otieno (Mwamba), Patrice Agunda, Willy Ambaka, Sidney Ashioya (Kenya Harlequin), Davis Chenge (Western Bulls), Biko Adema (Nondescript), Oscar Ouma (Nakuru), Fabian Olando (KCB), Oscar Ayodi (Homeboyz), Billy Odhiambo (Strathmore)

Head Coach: Mike Friday, Assistant Coach: Felix Ochieng, Strength and Conditioning Coach: Christopher Brown, Physiotherapist: George Odhiambo, Team Manager: Steve Sewe

Women’s Team:

Doreen Remour (Captain), Philadelphia Olando, Catherine Abilla, Linda Nandwa, Rachel Odhiambo, Linda Anyango, Mary Otieno, Janet Owuor, Mary Musieka, Celestine Navalayo, Irene Awino, Angela Olum Non Travelling Reserves: Camilyne Awuor, Adelaide Nasambu, Robina Wambui

Head Coach: Kevin Wambua, Assistant Coach: Enos Otieno, Team Manager: Doris Mwanzia, Physiotherapist: Ben Mahinda