In the wake of Kenya Rugby Union’s management fiascos, it was apparent that the future that the gentleman’s game was in dire straits. And after the country’s poor show in the World Rugby Series season opener at the Dubai 7s, it would have thought that Kenya’s rugby was on life support. That was never going to happen, at least, not yet.
Kenya, christened Shujaa, bowed out at the Bowl semi final in Dubai before turning on the style in Cape Town to finish fourth. They are now ranked 9th in the series log with 20 points, 15 behind leaders Fiji.
On the opening da y (December 12), Shujaa forced a 19-19 draw against England. But the highlight of the day was when they stunned defending champions South Africa 14-12, and later crushing Zimbabwe 36-0 to top pool B and advance to the quarters. They marched past USA, coached by former Kenyan coach Mike Friday, 26-10 before falling to Argentina 22-24 in the semis.
The tournament also saw two Kenyan players, Willy Ambaka and Collins Injera, featured in IRB 7s Dream team.
The World Sevens series takes place in 10 venues and will finish in May 2016.