Kenya Rugby Union is planning to spread the 2018 International test matches to different regions of the Country.
The move is aimed at popularizing the game in different parts of the country and different members of the Union have expressed interest in hosting the matches. The rugby union is set to engage interested parties to ensure they actualized the plan come 2018.
Love of the game
Kenya Rugby Union Secretary Secretary Odour Gangla believes that attendance in the past six matches shows that the love of the game has grown and there is need to spread to other regions of the country.
“Fifteen a side international rugby is growing rapidly with Nairobi hosting six test matches this year, all of which have been very well attended. The timing is right to extend this unique product across the country and grow the test match experience and culture across the country. A number of KRU affiliates have already expressed strong interest in hosting such matches and we look forward to engaging with them from September 2017 to actualize this plan,” KRU told KRU.
“For this venture to be successful, the support of our affiliates across the country is essential and this will deepen our working relationship. Part of the returns of these events will be earmarked towards legacy rugby development programs that will contribute to the growth and development of the game and support initiatives of the affiliates in the regions,” he added.
Some of the region earmarked to host the matches include Kakamega, Nakuru, Kisumu, Machakos and Mombasa. The regions have hosted the The National Seven Series, Bamburi Super Series and Kenya Cup matches.
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The venues will be evaluated in terms of playing facilities, transport, accommodation to ensure the meet the threshold to host high profile matches. KRU will then support the region in organization and logistical issues.