Kenya U20 squad for World U20 Trophy finalized

Kenya U20 vs Hong Kong in World Rugby U20 Trophy. Photo/ KRU
Kenya U20 vs Hong Kong in World Rugby U20 Trophy. PHOTO/ KRU

Kenya U20 Rugby head coach Simon Jawichre has named his Chipu squad for the World Rugby Junior Trophy, set to take place in Scotland from July 2-17, 2024.

The coach has retained the squad that triumphed in the 2024 Rugby Africa Barthes Cup.

Kenya U20’s World U20 Experience

The squad features nine players from the 2023 World Rugby Junior Trophy hosted in Nairobi; Geylord Ngasi, Andycole Omolo, Iddo Kuta, Wycliffe Ogutu, Nathan Tsindoli, Patrick Wainaina, Faran Juma, Michael Wamalwa, and James Olela.

Action between Kenya U20 and Namibia. PHOTO/Grindstone

Action between Kenya U20 and Namibia. PHOTO/Grindstone

The team will depart for Scotland on Thursday, June 27, 2024.

The Chipu side has been training in Nairobi, conducting several sessions, including joint sessions with the senior side, Kenya Simbas.

The 35-man squad has been in a residential camp at the Kenya Academy of Sport, with training sessions held at Peponi School and KCB Sports Club.


Kenya, the Africa Champions, is placed in Pool B alongside the USA, Uruguay, and the Netherlands. In Pool A, host Scotland will compete against Japan, Hong Kong, and Samoa.

Teams will play in a round-robin format during the group stage to determine the final pool rankings.

Kenya U20 line up in a World Rugby U20 Trophy. PHOTO/KRU

Kenya U20 line up in a World Rugby U20 Trophy. PHOTO/KRU

The final rankings will determine the matchups: the pool toppers will compete in the final, runners-up will face off in the bronze final, third-placed teams will battle for fifth place, and the bottom-placed teams will compete for seventh place.

Kenya U20, commonly known as Chipu, will tackle Uruguay in their opener on Tuesday, July 2, at 4:30 p.m. E.A.T. In their second match, Chipu will face the Netherlands on Sunday, July 7, at 9:45 p.m. E.A.T. Their final pool match will be against the USA on Friday, July 12, 2024.

Kenya U20

World Rugby Junior Trophy 2024 | Jul 2-17 | Edinburgh,Scotland
Darrel Oluoch, Ian Nyandusi, Bramwel Mate, Brian Shile, Geylord Ngasi, Hafidh Mohammed, Eugene Etali, Cleyn Okumbi, Andycole Omolo, Eddy Otieno, Iddo Kuta, Wycliffe Ogutu, Nathan Tsindoli, Willy Tino, Edmond Omondi, Patrick Wainaina, Benedict Muiruri, Faran Juma, Philip Okeyo, Alvin Khavoli, Brian Kiptoo, Dennis Ndayala, Kipchirchir Bett, Elvis Otete, Eugene Ojiambo, Jackson Siketi, Michael Wamalwa, James Olela

NON TRAVELLING RESERVES: Jeffrey Namiti, John Asega, Jeff Maina, Rogers Omanyi

MANAGEMENT Simon Jawichre (Head Coach), Qondani Katywa, (Assistant Coach), Kenny Andola (Assistant Coach), Williams Motto (Strength & Conditioning Coach), Philip Wamae (Team Manager), Wacera Githua (Assistant Team Manager), Aysha Omar (Team Doctor).Samuel Ochieng


Pool A:

  1. Scotland (Host)
  2. Japan
  3. Hong Kong
  4. Samoa

Pool B:

  1. Netherland
  2. USA
  3. Uruguay
  4. Kenya

Kenya U20 Fixtures:

Kenya vs. Uruguay

Date: Tuesday, July 2, 2024

Time: 4:30 p.m. E.A.T.

Kenya vs. Netherlands

Date: Sunday, July 7, 2024

Time: 9:45 p.m. E.A.T.

Kenya vs. USA

Date: Friday, July 12, 2024

Time: 4:30 p.m.

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