KCB II to be crowned 2023/24 ESS Champions

KCB Rugby huddle in a past action. Photo CourtesyDennis Acre-half.

For the second consecutive year, the Eric Shirley Shield (ESS) final  is set to be skipped, as Kabras RFC are set conceded a walkover.

As a result, KCB will retain the title for another year, with Kabras opting not to send a team to Nairobi for the final, which was originally scheduled to take place at KCB Sports Club.

In a statement released by KCB, they expressed pride in their team, the KCB Cubs, for maintaining their unbeaten record and securing another championship victory.

“….and STILL, your National ESS Champions Unbeaten, the KCB Cubs, High Octane, the MAU MAU, Fear the Gold. We are so proud of you and may the rebellion continue,” reads a statement by KCB.

KCB II earned the right to host this year’s final after finishing at the top of the league standings and advancing to the final match.


However, it has been reported that Kabras RFC had requested to play the ESS final the previous Saturday, but their request was unsuccessful. Additionally, Kabras proposed hosting the final in Kakamega as a curtain-raiser for Kenya Cup final event but this request also fell through.

This marks the second consecutive year that Kabras are going to forfeit a final, resulting in another walkover for their opponents.

In the previous edition of the tournament in 2023, KCB II claimed victory without even stepping onto the field for the final match, as Kabras once again conceded a walkover.

KCB secured their spot in this year’s final with a hard-fought 28-24 victory over Kenya Harlequin, while Kabras RFC II earned their place by defeating Menengai Oilers with a score of 53-27.


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