Basketballer turned rugby forward, Amonde to make second RWC7s appearance

KCB’s forward Andrew Amonde will be making his second appearance at the Rugby 7s World Cup which will kick off on Friday 20-22 in San Franciso.
His first appearance in the World Cup was in 2013 in Moscow Russia under head coach Mike Friday. The former Kisumu RFC man captained the side to top pool C. Kenya won the opener 45-5 against the Philippines, beat Zimbabwe 31-5 and edged Samoa 17-12. The side toiled past France for a 24-19 extra time win but England dented their hopes of reaching the first ever finals. Kenya finished fourth.
Offer leadership
In the 2018 edition, he will not be serving as the captain but he will be one of the most experienced stars and long-serving players in the team after having made his first appearance in 2006. He will be expected to offer leadership guidance to the other players who will be making their debut in the World biggest 7s competition.
Amonde’s 2017/18 season started off with the forward being ruled out opening three months following an injury. He made his return during Hamilton 7s and Sydney 7s in February.
He played 44 matches in 2018 and scored 10 tries. The appearances took his total appearances in World 7s Series to 311. Amonde has 54 tries that take his total points in the series to 270. He has been yellow-carded 11 times in the matches in World 7s series.
The forward who spent his high schools days at Kisumu boys playing basketball became the first captain to lead Kenya to the first ever 7s series main cup win. Kenya whipped Fiji 30-7 for a historic win in Singapore in 2016, three years ago he had captained Kenya led to a fourth-place finish in the World Cup.
Besides featuring in Vancouver and Hong Kong, he was part of the 2016 Olympic team and Commonwealth Games team that finished eighth.
He started playing rugby in 2002 at Kisumu RFC after completing his high school education at Kisumu High.  He played for Kisumu RFC in 2004 and 2005. The forward later joined East African School of Media studies in and crossed over to KCB RFC.
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Name: Andrew Amonde
Nickname: Man Opede, El Capitan
Profession: TV producer
Series appearances: 311
Tries: 54
Yellow Cards: 11
Honours: Singapore 7s winner

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