With the seventh edition of the Rugby Sevens World Cup getting underway on 20 July 2018 in San Fransisco, USA,Kenya’s all time top scorer Collins Injera is among players primed to light up the AT&T park during the three day showpiece.
The 31 year old who is second on the World series scorers chart on 271 tries behind England’s Dan Norton is set to reach yet another milestone as his inclusion in Shujaa’s 12-man team means that he will become the only Kenyan to feature at three World Cups,the first one coming in the United Arab Emirates in 2009 where he aided the side to reach the last four after stunning Fiji in the cup quarter final.
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Injera was also in the fray in Russia four years ago as the side,then under the tutelage of Englishman Mike Friday equaled their 2009 perfomance by reaching the semi finals.
Injera’s breathtaking speed and ability to make runs into space have made him stand out so has his devastating hand off.His flexibility allows him to be deployed on the wing as well as the scrumhalf position,where he has been playing in the side’s latest outings.
Since making his Kenya 7s debut in 2006,he has played 408 HSBC World Sevens series matches,notching 271 tries,16 conversions and two penalties,all of which translate to 1,393 points.He has averaged 3.41 points per match.
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The Mwamba Rugby Club wing was the top try scorer during the 2008/09 IRB World Sevens series with 42 tries.During the same season,his 210 points made him finish second behind England’s Ben Gollings in the individual points table.
His stellar show during the 2008/09 campaign earned him a nomination for the IRB Sevens Player of the Year award but he lost to Ollie Phillips.After guiding Kenya to a first ever HSBC World Sevens Cup title at the 2016 Singapore 7s,Injera was named Player of the final.
RWC Sevens Blast from the Past jumps back to 2009 when @OfficialKRU's all time top try scorer, Collins Injera appeared in his first #RWC7s. Injera will make history when he takes to the field in San Fran as the first Kenyan player to compete in 3 #RWC7s 🇰🇪 #RWC7sLegends 🏆 pic.twitter.com/huY7itGT4V
— World Rugby Sevens (@WorldRugby7s) July 17, 2018