Kenya Under 20 head coach Paul Odera is impressed with turnout and quality of rugby witnessed during the trials held on Sunday 20 January at the RFUEA Grounds in Nairobi.
The coach expected only 70 players to turn up but the numbers were 180. The coach is happy that group had an impressive display during the trials which shows that the standards of the game are on the rise.
“The numbers were overwhelming; we had planned for 70 players but we got 180 which is a good problem to have because it shows that we’ve got a good group of young players in the country who want to play. What was even better was that the quality of rugby displayed by these players was of a very high standard. In previous years when we’ve been at this stage of preparation, we have normally been struggling to see how we can develop the skills of many of the players.
The team will be trimmed before they kick start their sessions officially. According to the union, the coach is set to start off with three conditioning sessions a week and one half-day camp on Sundays.
Odera and his charges will be seeking to do well in the 2019 Rugby Africa under 20 Barthes Cup Pool A matches games with will be hosted in Kenya.
The matches will kick off on 27 March 2019 with Namibia set to tackle Senegal while Kenya will battle with Tunisia.
The winner in this Pool will qualify for the 2019 Junior World Rugby Trophy.
Pool A Fixtures
Match 1: Namibia vs Senegal
Match 2: Tunisia vs Kenya
Match 3: Loser M1 vs Loser M2
Match 4: Winner M1 vs Winner M2