Kenya national rugby sevens team

The Kenya national rugby sevens team competes in the World Rugby Sevens Series, Rugby World Cup Sevens and the Commonwealth Games. They are currently one of the 15 "core teams" of the World Series, with a guaranteed place in all ten events each season. Kenya recorded its first tournament win in the World Rugby Sevens Series after beating Fiji at the 2016 Singapore Sevens.[3] Kenya has also been successful in the Rugby World Cup Sevens, reaching the semifinals in 2009 and again in 2013.

Kenya
UnionKenya Rugby Union
Emblem(s)The African lion
Coach(es)Paul Feeney
Captain(s)Andrew Amonde
Most capsCollins Injera (79)
Top scorerCollins Injera (1,443)[1]
Most triesCollins Injera (279)[2]
Team kit
World Cup Sevens
Appearances5 (First in 2001)
Best result3rd place (2009)
Official website
www.kru.co.ke

The Kenya sevens team is sometimes referred to by the Kenyan and international press as Shujaa,[4] a Swahili word meaning courage, confidence, bravery, or heroism. The Kenya national rugby sevens team is one of the more successful sporting teams representing Kenya. They have won the men's Team of the Year category six times at the Kenyan Sports Personality of the Year Awards: 2004, 2007, 2008, 2009,[5][6] 2013, and 2016.

HonorsEdit

World Rugby Sevens SeriesEdit

 
A line-out during the 2008 Edinburgh Sevens

Kenya has competed in the World Series every year since the competition's inception in 1999–2000. Kenya's best season came in 2012–13 when they finished fifth in the Series. Collins Injera and Humphrey Kayange were both nominated for World Rugby Sevens Player of the Year in 2009, but lost to England's Ollie Phillips.

World Series record
Season Position Most tries Most points
1999–00 20th
2000–01 23rd
2001–02 23rd
2002–03 10th Dennis Mwanja (6) Oscar Osir (79)
2003–04 11th Oscar Osir (28) Oscar Osir (158)
2004–05 10th Allan Makaka (17) Allan Makaka (87)
2005–06 9th Sidney Ashioya (18) Lavin Asego (163)
2006–07 11th Innocent Simiyu (19) Innocent Simiyu (115)
2007–08 7th Collins Injera (18) Collins Injera (92)
2008–09 6th Collins Injera (42) Collins Injera (210)
2009–10 8th Humphrey Kayange (33) Lavin Asego (173)
2010–11 9th Humphrey Kayange (31) Humphrey Kayange (157)
2011–12 12th Willy Ambaka (16) Lavin Asego (81)
2012–13 5th Willy Ambaka (24) Willy Ambaka (120)
2013–14 7th Collins Injera (30) Collins Injera (166)
2014–15 13th Billy Odhiambo (20) Billy Odhiambo (100)
2015–16 7th Collins Injera (32) Collins Injera (172)
2016–17 12th Billy Odhiambo (22) Billy Odhiambo/Samuel Oliech (110)
2017–18 8th Willy Ambaka (31) Willy Ambaka (155)
2018–19 13th Vincent Onyala (22) Daniel Taabu (157)
Total Collins Injera (271) Collins Injera (1,393)

Tournament historyEdit

Summer Olympic GamesEdit

Rugby World Cup SevensEdit

World Cup record
Tournament Round Position Played Won Lost Drew Most tries
  1993 Did not qualify
  1997
  2001 Bowl Semifinals =19th 7 1 6 0
  2005 Bowl Semifinals =19th 7 3 4 0 Lucas Onyango (6)
  2009 Semifinals =3rd 5 3 2 0 Collins Injera (5)
  2013 Semifinals 4th 6 4 2 0 Humphrey Kayange (6)
  2018 Challenge quarterfinals 16th 5 1 4 0 Jeffrey Oluoch (4)
Total 0 Titles 5/7 30 12 18 0 C. Injera & H. Kayange (9)

Commonwealth GamesEdit

Commonwealth record
Year Round Position Pld W L D
  1998 Bowl Quarterfinals 13th 5 0 5 0
  2002 Bowl Semifinals 11th 5 2 3 0
  2006 Bowl Champions 9th 6 4 2 0
  2010 Plate Semifinals 7th 5 3 2 0
  2014 Plate Semifinals 7th 5 2 3 0
  2018 Placement round 8th 5 2 3 0
Total 0 Titles 6/6 31 13 18 0

Africa Cup SevensEdit

Africa Cup Sevens record
Year Round Position Pld W L D
  2013 Champions 1st 6 6 0 0
  2014 Finals 2nd 7 5 2 0
  2015 Champions 1st 6 6 0 0
  2016 Semifinals 3rd 4 3 1 0
  2017 Did Not Compete
  2018 Finals 2nd 5 4 1 0
  2019 Champions 1st 6 6 0 0
Total 3 Titles 6/7 34 30 4 0

Safari SevensEdit

Kenya has won the Safari Sevens ten times:

TeamEdit

Current squadEdit

Former squadsEdit

Kenya team to the 2016 Summer Olympics

The following is the Kenya roster in the men's rugby sevens tournament of the 2016 Summer Olympics - age represents each players age when the Olympics took place.[7]

Head coach: Benjamin Ayimba

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Events Points Union
1 BK Oscar Ayodi (1989-09-21)21 September 1989 (aged 26) 26 180   Homeboyz
2 FW Bush Mwale (1993-11-14)14 November 1993 (aged 22) 13 75   Homeboyz
3 FW Oscar Ouma Achieng (1989-05-03)3 May 1989 (aged 27) 32 320   Nakuru
4 BK Lugonzo Ligamy (1992-07-29)29 July 1992 (aged 24) 10 51   Homeboyz
5 BK Billy Odhiambo (1993-11-07)7 November 1993 (aged 22) 27 250   Strathmore University
6 FW Humphrey Kayange (1982-07-20)20 July 1982 (aged 34) 67 799   Mwamba
7 BK Biko Adema (1987-09-01)1 September 1987 (aged 28) 53 702   Nondescripts
8 FW Andrew Amonde (c) (1983-12-25)25 December 1983 (aged 32) 48 170   Kenya Commercial Bank
9 FW Dennis Ombachi (1991-12-14)14 December 1991 (aged 24) 22 130   Mwamba
10 BK Samuel Oliech (1993-12-15)15 December 1993 (aged 22) 6 99   Impala Saracens
11 BK Collins Injera (1986-10-18)18 October 1986 (aged 29) 66 1,211   Mwamba
12 FW Willy Ambaka (1990-05-14)14 May 1990 (aged 26) 29 325   Kenya Harlequin
Kenya squad for the 2017–18 World Sevens Series

Squad for the 2017–18 Sevens Series[8]

Player Club Team
Collins Injera Mwamba
Oscar Ouma Nakuru
Oscar Ayodi (c) Homeboyz
Billy Odhiambo Mwamba
William Ambaka Quins
Andrew Amonde KCB
Dennis Ombachi Nondescripts
Samuel Oliech Impala Saracens
Augustine Lugonzo Homeboyz
Nelson Oyoo Nakuru
Eden Agero Quins
Jeffery Oluoch Homeboyz
Daniel Sikuta Kabras
Brian Tanga Kabras
Arthur Owira KCB
Frank Wanyama Quins
Eric Ombasa Oilers
Samuel Ngethe Oilers
Ian Minjire Impala Saracens

Player recordsEdit

The following refers to statistics generated in the World Rugby Sevens Series. Players in bold are still active. Collins Injera was briefly ranked the #1 player in the world in tries scored, until his try-scoring record was surpassed by England's Dan Norton.

Most tries[9]
No. Player Tries
1 Collins Injera 279
2 Humphrey Kayange 159
3 Willy Ambaka 123
Most points[10]
No. Player Points
1 Collins Injera 1,443
2 Lavin Asego 1,026
3 Humphrey Kayange 799
Most matches[11]
No. Player Matches
1 Collins Injera 424
2 Andrew Amonde 358
3 Humphrey Kayange 331

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Points: Kenya". Retrieved 17 December 2017.
  2. ^ "Try Stats: Kenya". Retrieved 17 December 2017.
  3. ^ "Kenya Sevens make history". Retrieved 19 April 2016.
  4. ^ "Shujaa finish bottom in Dubai 7s", Daily Nation, December 1 2018.
  5. ^ "SOYA Awards – 2007 winners!". Archived from the original on 13 September 2008. Retrieved 23 April 2008.
  6. ^ KBC, 24 January 2009: Jelimo and Wanjiru crowned best sports personalities[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ "Kenya 7s – Olympic Games Men's Sevens". World Rugby. Retrieved 24 July 2016.
  8. ^ "Kenya Squad". Retrieved 1 June 2016.
  9. ^ World Rugby statistics, current as of 15 March 2020
  10. ^ World Rugby statistics, current as of 15 March 2020
  11. ^ World Rugby statistics, current as of 15 March 2020

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