All Blacks players gifted Kenyan 7s star Willy Ambaka, a New Zealand jersey as he prepares to retire from sevens after the Sydney 7s tournament.
Led by captain Sam Dickson, the team expressed their best wishes to Ambaka and fellow retiree Collins Injera after defeating Kenya 7s 33-0 in a Pool B match on Saturday morning. The gesture was made as a token of appreciation for Ambaka’s contributions to the sport of rugby.
“Willy and Collins, I know Collins is not here but on behalf on All Blacks sevens, I want to wish you all the best after this. An unbelievable career for both of you, what you have done for Kenyan rugby wont be forgotten,” Sam Dickson stated.
“Legends of the game 🖤✊🏽 Congratulations on such incredible careers Willyambaka (and @cinjera ). It was an honour for our team to be able to battle against you over so many years. Wishing you and your whānau nothing but the best for whatever comes next,” read a caption on New Zealand twitter account.
Ambaka announced that he would be leaving Kenya 7s at the end of the the Sydeny 7s bringing to an end his celebrated 7s career.
He joined Injera who also announced his retirement this week after 17 years in rugby. He hanged up his boots as the world’s second top try scorer in sevens after crossing the line on 279 occasions.