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Booted Tusker XVs aim to bounce back

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KENYA-CARNAIROBI, Kenya, March 20 – After being humbled 51-7 by SWD Eagles last weekend, Kenya national 15s head coach, Jerome Paarwater, has once again re-jigged the side ahead of their third Vodacom Cup match against Border Bulldogs.

Paarwater has retained captain Wilson K’Opondo who scored Kenya’s only try while reinstating the Kang’ethe twins James and Joseph, Max Adaka, Oliver Mang’eni, Brian Nyikuli who has overcome a bout of pneumonia and Fabian Olando among others who were rested last weekend.

“The guys are working hard, and looking to bounce back from last weekend’s result. We have our strongest available squad for the match against Border.

“The mood in camp is upbeat, we have no serious injuries to report and the boys are definitely looking forward to this weekend’s encounter which will be their first game away from Cape Town,” Paarwater told Kenya Rugby Union from Cape Town.

Paarwater made 11 changes that went down to SWD Eagles having opened their Vodacom campaign with a stunning 17-10 victory over Eastern Province.

Forwards Curtis Lilako, Edward Oseko, Duncan Mwangi, Anthony Mutai and Davis Chenge were handed their first starts with the Kangethe twins, Mang’eni and Nyikuli being rested.

Adaka was relegated to the bench with Lyle Asiligwa, Eden Agero, Darwin Mukidza and Austine Gumo all starting in the backs in place of Edwin Achayo, Kenny Andola, Nick Barasa and Olando while forwards Emmanuel Mavala and Martin Owila started on the bench.

The team is fielding in the South African tournament as Tusker Simba XV as the only invitational side.

SQUAD

15. Isaac Adimo, 14. Leonard Mugaisi, 13. Fabian Olando, 12. Nick Barasa, 11.Cyprian Kuto, 10. Kenny Andola, 9. Edwin Achayo, 8.Joshua Chisanga, 7.Brian Nyikuli, 6. Mike Okombe, 5. Wilson Kopondo (Captain), 5. Oliver Mang’eni, 4. Wilson Kopondo (captain), 3.Joseph Kang’ethe, 2. Max Adaka, 1.James Kang’ethe

Replacements

16. Curtis Lilako, 17.Edward Oseko, 18. Tony Mutai, 19. Martin Owila, 20.Lyle Asiligwa, 21. Dennis Muhanji, 22.Tony Onyango

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