Kenya Rugby Union have confirmed the appointment of Paul Odera as the Kenya Simbas head coach.
Odera replaces New Zealand coach Ian Snook who part ways with Kenya Simbas after the Repechage campaign in France where they finished bottom and failed to qualify for the World Cup.
Odera will be assisted by Jimmy Mnene (Team Manager), Ben Mahinda (Team Physiotherapist), Edwin Boit (Team Analyst), Michael Owino (Strength and Conditioning Coach) and Albertus Van Buuren (Backs Coach).
“With the close of the regular fifteen a side season, the Kenya Rugby Union would like to announce the appointment of a technical team to manage The Simbas for the upcoming 2019 assignments. Paul Odera comes in as Head Coach. Odera is currently the Head Coach for Chipu – the Under 20 National Team that recently qualified for the JWRT for the second time -first time was in 2009 when Kenya hosted the tournament. He holds a World Rugby Level 3 Coaching Certificate and is also a World Rugby Coach Educator. He is a teacher at Peponi House Preparatory School, ” reads a statement by KRU.
Odera has previously coached at Kenya Harlequins and Nondies. He has also been with the Kenya U-20 team. The St Mary’s Nairobi Alumni guided the youngsters to the World Junior Trophy after beating Namibia in Nairobi.
His first assignment will the Elgon Cup set for Kisumu on 22 June 2019. Meanwhile, on Saturday 1st June, KRU will hold trials at the RFUEA Grounds to select the provisional Simbas squad that will represent Kenya in the 2019 Elgon Cup fixtures.
Other matches will be confirmed as the International season continues. The Union is keen to revive the Victoria Cup to fill the gap left by the cancellation of the Gold Cup.