Kenya 7s and Kenya Lionesses will not participate in the Dubai 7s international tournament as planned, Kenya Rugby Union has confirmed.
According to the Union statement, the team will not be able to honour the tournament due to logistical challenges.
Kenya 7s unable to travel
“We regret to inform you that the Kenya Sevens men and women national squads who will not be able to honor their fixtures at the 2023 Dubai 7s,” reads a statement by Sasha Mutai.
“The teams were slated to play in the International Invitational Category in Dubai.”
“Unfortunately, logistical challenges have negatively impacted their travel itinerary, rendering the trip to Dubai impossible at this point in time,” the statement concluded.
Kenya 7s and Lionesses technical benches had announced the squads that would be on duty.
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For Shujaa, Head coach Kevin Wambua had largely retained the squad that featured in Africa Men’s 7s and Safari 7s.
The coach had recalled George Ooro who missed Safari 7s due to injury and has retained Brian Mutugi and Herman Humwa who joined the squad during Safari 7s.
The tournament was to help Kenya 7s prepare for World Challenger Series. Last Wednesday, details of the World Rugby HSBC Sevens Challenger 2024 were announced with three rounds taking place over three continents between January and May, providing a clear promotion pathway to reach the pinnacle HSBC SVNS in 2025.
The top four placed men’s and women’s World Rugby HSBC Sevens Challenger 2024 teams, based on cumulative series points at the conclusion of the third round, will secure their opportunity to compete in the new high-stakes promotion and relegation play-off competition at the SVNS Grand Final in Madrid on 31 May – 2 June, 2024 against the teams ranked ninth to 12th from HSBC SVNS 2024.