Menengai Cream Homeboyz and KCB secured home semifinal qualification at the close of the Kenya Cup’s league phase on Saturday 25 March 2017.

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Events to commemorate this year's International Women’s Day will be commemorated with tournaments on the 25th of march 2017 in KRU District 2 at Ndiru Mixed Secondary in Kisumu County and on the 26th at Rianyanchabera in Kisii County. This is the third tournament of it's kind to be held; the first two tournaments were held in Nairobi County in 2015 and 2016.

Ndiru Secondary which is Zone B will host a total of nine schools on Saturday. They are Ndiru Secondary, Barchando Girls, Lwak Girls, Nyakongo Girls, Kisumu Girls, Sinyolo Girls, Ahero Girls, Got Rateng’ Girls and St. Alloys Reru Girls.

Zone A will see Rianyanchabera Grounds host a total of 12 teams on Sunday: Rianyanchabera  Secondary who are the defending Champions in Nyanza Region and home to the rising star janet kerubo who was last years top try scorer in the girls high school national competition. The participating teams include the following; Asumbi Girls, Ekerubo Secondary, Nyabigena Girls, Nduru Girls, Senior Chief Musa Nyandusi, St. Ann’s Nyangoge Girls, Kioge Girls, Nyabisawa Girls, St. Albert’s Ulanda Girls, Bishop Okok Ogada Girls and lastly Ikonge Girls.

The International Women' s Day was celebrated worldwide on March 8 to commemorate the achievements of women in all spheres including sports.

--- KRU MEDIA

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The Lionesses will start their Women’s Sevens World Series qualifiers with a Pool B clash against hosts Hong Kong at 6.28am East African Time on Thursday 6 April 2017. They will then face off with Belgium at 8.50am before winding up against Argentina at 11.46am.  

Meanwhile, the team today began a three day camp in Nairobi as they intensify  their preparations for the world series qualifiers. 

Head Coach Kevin Wambua, speaking to the Kenya Rugby  Union, said, “ This residential camp is vital for the team for various reasons. We of course are keen on creating a cohesive bond amongst the players. It will also assist in our final preps before we name the final travelling party for the qualifiers in Hong Kong.”

Wambua is expected to name the final squad in the coming week.

--- KRU MEDIA

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Richard Omwela retained his chairmanship during Kenya Rugby Union elections  held late on Wednesday pipping Sasha Mutai by just two votes.

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Shujaa will start their Hong Kong Sevens campaign with a Pool B clash against Canada at 3.18pm East African Time  on Friday 7 April 2017.

They will then complete their pool matches on Saturday 8 April, starting with a fixture against series leaders South Africa at 8.56am and France at 12.34pm respectively.

The Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens is the seventh round of the 2016/17 HSBC Sevens World Series. Shujaa currently sit 12th on the log with 40 points.

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Janet "Shebesh" Okello leads the overall try scoring charts. The Northern Suburbs speedster has scored a series leading 26 tries.

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Hillary Itela who will be vying for the directors position during KRU elections slated for March 22 has intimated that he intents to empower sub-unions to allow them to participate in growing the sport in the country.

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Mwamba stayed in the hunt for playoff qualification, pulling off an 18-5 win over Strathmore Leos in the early kickoff at the ASK Jamhuri Park on Saturday 18 March 2017.

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Kenya Rugby Union aspirant for the Chairman's position, Mr. Sasha Mutai, has told Kenyanstar that he is running on a development  platform and believes that his previous track record as a director and vice chairman will be sufficient for delegates to elect him. 

Speaking this morning to Kenyanstar on phone, Mr.  Mutai, who served as the union Vice Chairman between 2010 and 2014, has accused the incumbent, Richard Omwela, for being aloof and ignoring the plight of Championship and Nationwide clubs.

 "Of course he found a bigger mess and he has created some stability. Stability is good but we need development, We need to move forward. We have not had progress for the last two years"   Said Mr. Mutai. "Our Rugby needs a chairman who is hands on and not one who is in his comfort zone" He added

Mr. Mutai accused the previous regimes of mismanagement and misappropriation of funds. "When I was running the Safari Sevens, It was a profitable venture, It generated revenue that would be shared by clubs but now it is on its death bed" he said. "Tournaments like the Super Series are dead and sponsors shunned rugby. So far, only Safaricom has come back but people like Bamburi are not on board" He added. "We have seen KRU directors go on expensive foreign trips at the Unions expense while Clubs are suffering back at home" Said Mr. Mutai. "These funds are meant to develop Rugby, not for leisure" He added. 

Mr. Mutai has also accused the current office for poor handling of the National teams. "There is a lot of instability in the technical bench for our Sevens team. They cannot perform under such conditions. Some of them were subjected to non contractual dismissal, they went to court and won so the union has to pay them" Noted Mr. Mutai. "This is a waste of the Union's resources, and lord knows how many more court cases we are facing" he added.  "We need to give more support for Kenya Sevens, How is it possible that you have been a chairman for two years and during this period you have only met the technical bench members only once?" Posed Mutai. 

On infrastructure, Mr. Mutai said he planned to put up a high performance Rugby Stadium at the Kasarani Complex. "Every sports association was allocated space at Kasarani so it's time we made use of our space for what it was intended." He said. "And It is not only at Kasarani, my plan is to engage most if not all governors and work with them to put up Rugby facilities in their counties" He added.  

Mr. Mutai promised to address the plight of Championship and Nationwide clubs who in his opinion had been ignored. "Unlike Kenya Cup Clubs, Championship clubs have to do a lot of travelling across counties. Unfortunately no consideration is being made for these clubs, So much effort has been directed at Kenya Cup clubs" He said. "These issues have to be addressed if we are to realize our dream of great performance by our National teams including qualification for the 2019 world cup. And i believe I'm the man to address them" He concluded.  

Alexander Sasha Mutai will face off against Rajinder Sembi and incumbent Mr. Richard Omwela  in a three man race for the Chairman's position.  The elections are confirmed for the 22nd of March 2017. 

In a previous Interview with Kenyanstar, the Incumbent Richard Omwela had confirmed his candidature but stated he would not campaign and instead would allow the clubs judge him on his performance.  

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Menengai Cream Homeboyz went top of the Kenya Cup log with a 36-26 win over hosts Western Bulls at the Bull Ring in Kakamega.

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Humphrey Kayange , Biko Adema included  as Kenya Rugby Union has announced a 40 man Simbas squad for the 2017 international season.

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Northern Suburbs claimed victory at the third round of the KRU Women’ s 10-A- Series courtesy of a 19-0 cup final win over Menengai Cream Homeboyz at the KCB Sports Club in Ruaraka on Sunday 5 March 2017.

Tries from Janet Okello and Phila Olando saw the Burbs lead 12-0 at the interval before Olando scored and landed her second conversion of the match for the result, their second victory of the series, having won the opener at Kenyatta University on 5 February.

Collated Results

Cup Final

Northern Suburbs 19 Menengai Cream Homeboyz 0

Third Place Playoff

Mwamba 7 Top Fry Nakuru 5

Fifth Place Playoff

Standard Chartered Impala 19 Shamas 0

Seventh Place Playoff

University Warriors 15 Comras 5

Cup Semifinals

Northern Suburbs 24 Mwamba 0

Menengai Cream Homeboyz 4 Top Fry Nakuru 0

Ranking Semifinals

Standard Chartered Impala 22 University Warriors 0

Comras 5 Shamas 15

Pool Action

Northern Suburbs 26 Standard Chartered Impala 12

Menengai Cream Homeboyz 53 Comras 0

Top Fry Nakuru 17 Shamas 0

Mwamba 53 University Warriors 0

Northern Suburbs 72 Comras 0

Menengai Cream Homeboyz 26  Standar Chartered Impala 0

Top Fry Nakuru 12 University Warriors 0

Mwamba 27 Shamas 0

Standard Chartered Impala 24 Comras 0

Northen Suburbs 15 Menengai Cream Homeboyz 5

Shamas 10 University Warriors 5

Mwamba 12 Top Fry Nakuru 0

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Leading 14-0 at half time, Shujaa posted a 21-14 win over Samoa to lift the Challenge Trophy at the USA Sevens in Las Vegas on Monday morning. Collins Injera would cruise past the static Samoans to touch down, Sammy Oliech converting for a 7-0 lead before Andrew Amonde barged over, Oliech with the extras. 

The Samoans would respond with two converted tries from Tila Mealoi, his touchdowns  setting the stage for an exciting finish. Amonde, who has had a blinder of a tournament in Vegas barged over for Shujaa, Oliech with the conversion to confirm the result.

The results meant Shujaa stayed eleventh on the 2016/17 HSBC Sevens World Series log after collecting 8 points at the USA Sevens in Las Vegas to bring their season tally to 35 points. 

Meanwhile, After the thrills of Las Vegas, the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series moves on to Vancouver and, with the draw now complete, there will undoubtedly be a number of closely fought pools to enjoy. USA Sevens winners South Africa will top Pool A but will not have an easy run through to the Cup quarter-finals as a tricky group awaits them on the west coast of Canada. 

Former England Sevens player Rob Vickerman commented on the pool draw: “Pool A is a tasty one with South Africa and England but also Kenya as a team that can create some upsets. They often seem to play well against England, in particular, so that will be a match to look out for.” 

Elsewhere, runners-up in Las Vegas Fiji top a pool with a resurgent Argentina side, Samoa and Wales – no easy games there – while a buoyant USA outfit take on Australia, France and Japan in Pool C.

Vickerman added: “Pool D is another really interesting group. The pressure for the home team can go one of two ways. We can see a galvanised performance as we saw by bronze medal winners USA in Las Vegas or sometimes the pressure to perform can be too much for a team. I’m looking forward to seeing the home crowd get behind Canada and I hope the fans get something to cheer about. 

“Scotland are the third team in that pool. By their own admission, they underperformed in Las Vegas and they will be looking forward to stepping up next week. All around, it’s a pretty even spread. 

These tournaments are so difficult to call and quite often we see the fourth seed in the pool ending up winning it. So, we are looking really looking forward to Vancouver. It should be competitive and another exciting leg.” 

--- KRU MEDIA

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Speaking at the launch in Nairobi on Thursday, Philip Odera, the Stanbic Bank Managing Director and a former Kenya Cup player in the 1980s with the now defunct Barclays RFC said, " We have shared values with one of Kenya's most iconic teams, Mwamba RFC, and have entered this partnership based on this. Stanbic will also partner with Mwamba in promoting community health as part of our corporate social responsibility ."

Alvas Onguru,the Mwamba RFC President praised Stanbic's gesture,saying," The presence of Stanbic as a sponsor plays a crucial role in solidifying our team's structure."

This Sponsorship comes in under a week after Kenya Rugby Union Chairman, Richard Omwela, spoke of the need to have more corporate organizations come on board for sponsorship

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The Kenya Rugby Union has announced the dates for the 2017 National Sevens Series.  The  Driftwood Sevens gets the sevens season underway on 22nd  July with the Kabeberi Sevens taking place a week later in Nairobi.

The Series will then take a one month break, a break that has been necessitated by the country’s general election in August before resuming on 2nd September with the Prinsloo Sevens in Nakuru. The fourth leg of the series takes place on 9th September with the last two legs, the Christie Sevens in Nairobi and the Dala Sevens in Kisumu taking place on the 23rd and 30th of September respectively.

The KRU has in the meantime invited its affiliate clubs to place their bids for the fourth round of the series set for 9th September.

2017 National Sevens Series Dates

Round 1: Driftwood Sevens, Mombasa  – 22nd/23rd July

Round 2: Kabeberi Sevens, Nairobi – 29th/30th July

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Round 3: Prinsloo Sevens, Nakuru – 2nd/3rd September

Round 4: To be confirmed   - 9th/10th September

Round 5: Christie Sevens, Nairobi – 23rd/24rd September

Round 6: Dala Sevens, Kisumu – 30th September/ 1st October

-- KRU Media

 

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