RWC 7s player watch: Willy Ambaka

When the 2018 Sevens World Cup starts in USA on 20 July,William Ambaka will be among three Kenyan players who will be making their second appearance at the global showpiece.
The 28 year old winger who weighs 95 kilograms with a height of 1.89meters made his Kenya 7s debut during the 2011 Hong Kong 7s under the recommendation of Geoffrey Kimani,the current Kenya 7s strength and conditioning coach who at that time was at local side Kenya Harlequins.
The Dr.Aggrey High School Alumnus has since then become a mainstay in the Shujaa team with his stellar display earning him proffessional contracts with French side Lyon,Western Province of South Africa and most recently Manawatu Turbos who feature in New Zealand’s Metre 10 Cup.
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He announced himself to the rugby world during the 2012/13 HSBC World 7s series when he made the 7 man dream team at the end of the series.
Ambaka was nominated for the 2013 Sevens player of the year but lost out to New Zealander Tim Mikkelson.He was part of the side that stunned Fiji to clinch a historic main cup gong at the 2016 Singapore 7s.
Apart from donning national team colours at the 2013 Sevens World Cup in Russia,Ambaka also featured at the 2016 Olympics held in Rio De Janeiro,Brazil.
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He has played 220 World Sevens series matches,scoring 115 tries which translate to 575 points.He has an average of 2.61 points per match.
Ambaka’s major strength lies in his speed as well as the ability to fend off opponents with his powerful right hand.
As Kenya 7s prepare to start their quest for the prestigious Melrose Cup with a pre-round of 16 duel against Tonga,there is no doubt that Ambaka will be integral for coach Innocent Simiyu’s side during the three-day event at the AT&T Park.

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