Rugby Rugby

Kenya Lionesses land tricky pool


KENYA-LIONESSESNAIROBI, Kenya, September 3 – Kenya Lionesses have been drawn in tricky Pool B for the International Rugby Board Women’s 7s World Series 2014-15 qualifiers scheduled for next weekend in Hong Kong.

With only four places up for grabs, Kenya will battle it out with Fiji, Japan and Argentina in the preliminary round in a tournament that is based on three pools of four teams as the top two from each pool, along with two best third placed teams progressing to the quarter-finals.

Head coach Kevin Wambua said their aim is to take a match at a time as they seek to make history by becoming the first ever to participate in the global showpiece and join their male counterparts in the fray.

“Our approach is to deal with each game as it comes, and build from there, of course with the main aim of securing qualification to the series which next season,” said Wambua who guided the team to reclaim the Elgon Cup in July.

Other teams fighting for slots are; China, South Africa, Brazil, Mexico, Hong Kong, France, Netherlands and Portugal.

The four quarter finalists will not only progress to the semis but also qualify for the World Series to join New Zealand, Australia, Russia, England, Spain, USA and Canada while a 12th team will be invited to participate at each tournament.

Wambua who will unveil his squad on Friday at RFUEA Grounds, will open their campaign with Japan at 6:04am local time GMT +3 before taking on Fiji at 8:26am and wrap up their group stage fixtures against Argentina at 11.32am.