Kenya Cup 2017/18 season will adopt a one off format and not a two conference format as it was in the 2016/17 season.
This decision was made during a Kenya Rugby Union meeting held on Saturday 22 July at RFUEA Grounds. The new format has been put in place so as to accommodate the sevens season which will kick off late and Kenya 15s International season which will kick off early in the 2018.
According to the Union, the two conference format for the top tier will be back in the 2018/19 season but the Championship format will remain unchanged.
The Championship sides will be divided in two conference of six teams each. Every team will face off with five of the teams in their conference on a home and away basis before concluding their campaign with a one off clash with teams from the other conference.
Concerning match officials, Kenya Rugby Referees Society announced that the pool of Elite Referees in the country had increased from six referees to 12. This has been brought about by the High Performance sessions that were held in the past 12 months.
Club managers have been urged to watch their conduct on the touchlines while players are required to have level 1 coaching so as to be at par with the rules of the game.
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The members disagreed on the Kenya 7s selection criteria proposed by head coach Innocent Simiyu. The former Kenya 7s star wanted to keep 15 players in current 7s squad who would be joined by 15 more that would be picked from the 7s Circuit. The coach together with the Director of Nationals Squads are required to come up with a new criteria in the next 10 days.
Among those who attended the meeting include: KRU Honorary Secretary General,Oduor Gangla, the Director in charge of Fixtures, Moses Ndale, Director in charge of the National Squads Ian Mugambi, KRU Fixtures and Competitions Administrator Martin Ngunjiri, The KRRS Secretary Alfred Okwemba and the Kenya Sevens Head Coach Innocent Simiyu.