Kenya 7s

Kenya 7s recall Tanga, Buffa for Hamilton and Sydney 7s, two debutants make cut

Kenya 7s Kevin Wekesa breaks through the Argentina defense on day three of the HSBC Cape Town Sevens at Cape Town Stadium on 11 December, 2022. Photo credit: Mike Lee - KLC fotos for World Rugby
Kenya 7s Kevin Wekesa breaks through the Argentina defense on day three of the HSBC Cape Town Sevens at Cape Town Stadium on 11 December, 2022. Photo credit: Mike Lee - KLC fotos for World Rugby

Kenya 7s Head Coach Damian McGrath has named his squad that will feature in the Hamilton 7s and Sydney 7s scheduled for the final two weekend of January.

The coach has recalled Kabras RFC and  Kenya Simbas scrum-half Brian Tanga who has been absent for seasons and will join the squad alongside Kenya Simbas centre John Okoth who is scheduled to make his World 7s Series debut.

Daystar Falcons Floyd Wabwire has also made the cut and will also make his debut appearance for the Shujaa in the next two legs.

Alvin Otieno has also been include in the squad after missing the World Cup and subsequent legs last year following a short stint abroad.

George Ooro, Dennis Abukuse and Ronnie Omondi retain their places in the team alongside skipper Nelson Oyoo, Willy Ambaka, Kevin Wekesa, Herman Humwa, Tony Omondi and Edmund Anya.

Billy Odhiambo has been left out of the travelling squad. Kenya are in Pool alongside Samoa, Fiji and France

About the  2023 World 7s Series

The World Rugby Sevens Series 2023 promises to be the most competitive and compelling to date with more at stake than ever before as the top four ranked men’s and women’s teams will earn Olympic qualification for Paris 2024, while in the men’s Series the number of teams for the 2024 Series will reduce from 16 to 12 to equal the number of women’s teams and align with the Olympic competition structure, meaning fans can expect an intense battle to avoid relegation in the 2023 Series with every match and every point counting towards their final Series ranking.

How will relegation be decided from the men’s Series 2023?

The 15th-ranked core team based on accumulated Series points following the tenth round in Toulouse will be relegated. The teams ranked 12th, 13th and 14th at the end of Toulouse will enter a four-team relegation play-off together with the Challenger Series 2023 winners at the eleventh and final round of the Series in London.

The relegation play-off will be a round-robin format with the top two teams then playing a final. The winner will become the 12th core team in the 2024 Series, while the other three teams will enter their respective Regional Sevens Championships in order to qualify for the 2024 World Rugby Sevens Challenger Series. The Challenger Series will continue to provide a pathway for teams to qualify for the World Rugby Sevens Series.

Kenya 7s squad for Hamilton and Sydney 7s 

Nelson Oyoo, Willy Ambaka, Kevin Wekesa, Herman Humwa, Tony Omondi, Alvin Otieno, Edmund Anya, George Ooro, Dennis Abukuse, Ronnie Omondi, Brian Tanga, John Okoth, Floyd Wabwire

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