SRI LANKA, November 11- Kenya 7s have lost their influential star Oscar Ouma to lure of financial gain in Asia after he completed the switch to Sri Lanka to play in the country’s lucrative Super League.
Kandy Sports Club’s third import was expected to touch down Tuesday with the March 3, 1989 back-row forward having played for Kenya Cup champions Top Fry Nakuru Rugby Football Club. He is better known by his nickname “Big Wheels” and his exploits on the HSBC World Sevens Series.
Ouma is a powerful loose-forward, punishing in defence, fleeted footed and deceptive in offence.
After debuting for the Kenya Under-20 team at the 2009 IRB Junior World Rugby Trophy in Nairobi, Ouma really exploded onto the scene at the 2009 National Sevens Circuit, when playing on the wing; he led his club side Nakuru RFC to an overall third place finish.
He has since broken into the Kenya Sevens team, playing as a forward and is well known for his winning score against New Zealand in Wellington in 2013.
Whether playing sevens or 15s, Ouma is a joy to watch and it will be interesting to see what he can offer as he runs out in the Sri Lanka League tournament for Kandy. He will come in for the Havelock Sports Club game
There has been much discussion on the value of players heading out to Sri Lanka with regards to their rugby development but the finances are hard to turn down for players from Kenya and Fiji alike and it cannot be denied that there are now a number of world class rugby players plying their trade in league.