Kenya Harlequin Head Coach Paul Murunga has named six new signings in his squad that will play against Catholic Monks on Saturday 7 January at Catholic University Grounds.
Five of the six new signings have been named in the starting line-up. Kenya Simbas and former Impala Saracens back rower Elkeans Musonye has been handed his first start in the back row and will partner with Felix Makokha and Sheldon Kahi.
Kenya Harlequin front row
Roxy Suchi and Hillary Baraza are in the second row while Elisha Koronya, Simbas hooker Brian Waraba and Melvin Thairu are in the front row.
Lucky Dewald is the scrum-half with Henry Ayah who joined the side from Homeboyz has been named at fly-half for his debut.
Other players that will make their debut in the match include former Impala Saracens centre Paul Mutsami and ex-Homeboyz ace Richel Wangila who will partner in the midfield.
David Mwaura who was signed from Nakuru RFC will start on the right wing while Charles Kinyanjui is on the left wing. Vice-Captain Dominic Osino starts at fullback.
Kenya Simbas prop benched
Kenya Simbas prop Ian Njenga who joined the side from Nondies has been handed a place on the bench.
Quins had a slow start losing three of their four opening matches and will be keen to pick more points to keep the hope of making it the semi-finals.
ESS squad : 1. AYUB KIMTAI 2. MOHAMMED KHAIDER (CAPTAIN) 3. MIKE MUGO 4. COLLINS LWANDE 5. NEWTON PARTET 6. VINCENT OMONDI 7. GEORGE OWINO 8. IDDO KUTA 9. CORNELIUS MOKORO (Vice Captain) 10. ARNOLD ONZERE 11. DENNIS NYONGESA 12. LEONARD FOGANG 13. DOUGLAS KAHURI 14. MARVIN NG’ANG’A 15. BRIAN ONYIEGO
Replacements 16. SAMUEL SIMWATA 17. JAIKA ADAMS 18. BENICK OTIENO 19. LABAN KIPSANG 20. PIUS SIUNDU. 21. AMBROSE CURTIS 22. NICK NDEGWA 23 FAREN JUMA
Kenya Harlequin Kenya Cup squad vs Monks
1. ELISHA KORONYA 2. BRIAN WARABA(Captain) 3. MELVIN THAIRU 4. ROXY SUCHI 5. HILLARY BARAZA 6 SHELDON KAHI 7. FELIX MAKOKHA 8. ELKINS MUSONYE★ 9. LUCKY DEWALD 10. HENRY AYAH★ 11. CHARLES KINYANJUI 12. PAUL MUTSAMI ★13. RICHEL WANGILA★ 14. DAVE MWAURA★ 15. DOMINIC OSINO (V Captain )
Replacements:16. JEFF KIRAGU 17. WILHITE MUSUSI 18. IAN NJENGA★ 19. LABAN KIPSANG 20. MARK OMODING 21. PATRICK WAINAINA 22. LEONARD FOGANG 23. BRIAN RATILA