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Kenya 7s coach speaks on new World Cup format

Kenya 7s head coach Innocent Simiyu has labelled the new innovative Sevens World Cup format as interesting ahead of the tournament that runs from 20-22 July at the AT&T Park in San Fransisco, USA. 
For the first time, the tournament will be played in a knock out format unlike previous editions when teams were banded in pools.
Top eight seeded sides receive a bye to the round of 16 meaning that Kenya who are seeded ninth will have to go through a longer route.
“It is an interesting format. This being a knockout it means that you have to adapt very first to the chaos in the game because if the game goes it goes and you have to keep winning to stay in it,”Simiyu is quoted on the Kenya Rugby Union portal.
Shujaa begin their campaign with a pre-round of 16 match against Tonga on Friday 20 July and a win could see them book a date with Scotland for a place in the cup quarter final.
Should they lose to Tonga, they will be relegated to Bowl where they will contest with other pre-round of 16 losers.
Meanwhile, the Kenya 7s team departed for San Fransisco at 2:00am Sunday ahead of Friday’s opener.

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