NAIROBI, Kenya, November 8 – National rugby 15s coach, Jerome Paarwater has welcomed the appointment of compatriot, Paul Treu, as the head coach of the sevens side saying the relationship between the two squads that share players on occasion would be improved.
During the unveiling of the squad that will travel for the second Windhoek Draught Tri-Nations Rugby Series in Namibia, Paarwater disclosed he had ran into trouble with Englishman Mike Friday who resigned as the sevens boss in June over call-up of players.
“My relationship with Treu is very good and we agreed that if they see there are players he cannot not field, we will give them opportunity and vice versa.
“In the past, we had a problem with Friday keeping 28 players and we could not get access them,” he added.
Sevens regular, Fabian Olando, has consequently been listed in the travelling party since he will not compete in the forthcoming HSBC World Series second leg Dubai 7s at the end of the month.
KCB’s Max Adaka and Strathmore Leos Charles Omondi are set to make their national 15s debuts in the 24-man squad named by head coach Jerome Paarwater on Friday.
The weeklong tournament that kicks-off Friday in Namibia will be played in a round robin format with Kenya departing on Sunday.
Paarwater’s charges open their campaign against the Sables of Zimbabwe on Tuesday before squaring it out with Namibia on Saturday.
Speaking while unveiling the travelling party at RFUEA Grounds, Paarwater said the tournament is important to the country as they prepare for the Confederation of African Rugby Cup (CAR) championships, scheduled for June in Madagascar which will be the qualifiers for the 2015 Rugby World Cup to be hosted in England.
“It’s a big challenge to go and play Namibia because we have never played them, we have played Zimbabwe so I know what to expect.
“As we learnt in Madagascar playing against the Sables, our forwards did not stand out as we dominated in the scrum, so we think the challenge for us will be to meet them up front which I don’t have a problem with,” Paawatar underscored.
Zimbabwe, who also lost in the finals of the CAR 1A tournament against Kenya in July, are out to prove that was only a minor slip.
Meanwhile, Kenya Rugby Union (KRU) chairman, Mwangi Muthee speaking at the same function, said their draft constitution would be reviewed to align it with the 2013 Sports Acts as required by law.
“Success for any institution lies on a good foundation and that must be enshrined in the institution constitution, and we as KRU our game is developing very first, we need structures that will support that growth, and that’s why we had to go back to our constitution and come up with a structure that will launch Kenya rugby into the next level.
“We also want to harmonise our constitution with the International Rugby Board and International Olympics Committee because rugby has been included for the first time in the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil,” the KRU boss explained.
The new constitution will be amended in March next near during their Special General Meeting where they will elect new officials for four years as required by the Sports Acts unlike the two years that KRU adopted.