2023 Safari 7s dates, venue announced

Kenya 7s players hurdle in a past match. Photo/Screen grab

The Kenya Rugby Union (KRU) has officially announced the dates for the 2023 Safari 7s tournament, marking its return after it was cancelled the previous year.

According to KRU, the tournament is scheduled to take place at RFUEA Grounds and will run from November 17 to November 19, 2023.

KRU chair on Safari 7s

In a statement, KRU expressed their excitement about bringing back Africa’s premier rugby tournament and hosting it at the Rugby Football Union of East Africa (RFUEA) grounds along Ngong Road in Nairobi.

Kenya 7s winger Patrick Odongo receives medal. Photo/Screengrab

Kenya 7s winger Patrick Odongo receives medal. Photo/Screengrab

KRU Chairman Sasha Mutai commented on the event, emphasizing the significance of the tournament and its potential impact on rugby development in Kenya.

‘’ We are proud to be back! The tournament will bring together top African teams, along with international powerhouses, for an unforgettable showdown that will make rugby history. We have tapped key strategic partners that will re-establish the tournament back to its glory days while helping us achieve our commitment to developing world class rugby in Kenya,’’ Mutai stated.

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To ensure the success of the tournament and enhance the overall experience, KRU has enlisted the services of Africa Centric Entertainment a leading events, project management, talent, and creative agency. This agency has a track record of delivering high-quality experiences at major sporting events in Kenya, including the WRC Safari Rally, Nairobi City Marathon, and the World Athletics Kip Keino Classic.

Marek Fuchs, the Managing Director of ACE, expressed their excitement about being part of the tournament’s return and their commitment to delivering an exceptional experience for spectators, emphasizing the blend of thrilling gameplay, an elevated fan experience, and world-class athleticism.

‘’We are excited to be back in the mix! We are committed to delivering a top-class experience that will dazzle spectators with its unique blend of thrilling gameplay, elevated FAN experience, and world-class athleticism. Turudi Grao! ’’ he said.

Kenya 7s. Photo Courtesy/World Rugby.

Kenya 7s. Photo Courtesy/World Rugby.

KRU plans to leverage the agency’s extensive experience in managing large-scale events, its network in the Kenyan sports and entertainment industries, and its corporate partnerships to elevate the Safari 7s tournament to new heights.

The return of the Safari 7s tournament coincides with the qualification of the Kenya 7s for the 2024 Paris Olympics and the election of a new KRU board.

The Safari Sevens is an annual rugby sevens tournament held in Nairobi, Kenya. It is open to international representative sides, professional and amateur clubs, invitational teams, university, and school teams.