Kenya Simbas players sing the national anthem before a past match at the RFUEA grounds in Nairobi

Kenya Simbas begin Nanyuki camp


The Kenya 15s side, Simba have began their three-day residential camp with a session at the British Army Training Unit in Kenya (BATUK) in Nanyuki this Friday 18 May. 
The 35-man squad that was recently named is preparing for the 2018 Africa Gold Cup that will also double as a qualifier to the 2019 Rugby World Cup slated for Japan.
South Africa camp
A statement released by the Kenya Rugby Union on Friday afternoon  stated that the side could head down South for camping as well as a series of build up matches early June.
However according to the union, this will only be made possible if the government aids the side financially.
Their preparations under the newly appointed technical bench led by New Zealanders Ian Snook and Murray Roulston has begun in earnest and is set to continue with a residential camp in Nanyuki and a couple of build up fixtures starting with the Elgon Cup against Uganda next weekend in Kampala,” reads an excerpt of a communique by KRU.
“This cost will rise drastically during the quest to secure Rugby World Cup qualification when we factor the costs directed towards high performance camps and build up matches in South Africa early next month, preparations for the Gold Cup as well as clearing pending allowances and dues owed to coaches,” the satetement added.
Kenya Simbas first assignment of the year will be the Elgon Cup first leg tie against Uganda Rugby Cranes in Kampala on Saturday 26th May with the return leg that doubles as an Africa Gold Cup fixture slated for 7th July.
Simbas’ first Gold Cup assignment will be away to Morocco on 23rd June.
Kenya Simbas Gold Cup fixtures
v Morocco – 23 June (Away)
v Zimbabwe – 30 June (Home)
v Uganda – 7 July (Home)
v Tunisia – 11 August (Home)
v Namibia – 18 August (Away)
 

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