Kenya 7s coach Kevin Wambua has termed the cancellation of the Rugby Africa season as a blow to National Squad that depend on the continental games to gauge themselves.
Rugby Africa on Tuesday resolved to have the season cancelled meaning Kenya 7s will not be defending the Africa Men’s 7s but they side might have a chance to compete in the remain legs of the World 7s Series which were pushed to October should the situation ease.
Think outside the box
Most of the National teams might not get more action and Wambua has urged his fellow coaches to think outside the box and come up with plans which will keep the players active during this COVID-19 period.
“At the moment we have to think outside the box with our players. Personalized training plans for the boys with the S&C Coach also being careful not to burn them out while ensuring they remain active,” Wambua told KRU’s official portal.
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The tactician believes that sharing past clips of games played, helping the players improve their IQ and the understanding of the game will be key during this period.
“Sharing clips of the tournaments we have competed in has also been helpful. In addition to the World Rugby online courses that they have done, creating test scenarios and sharing with the boys to come up with solutions will go a long way in testing their rugby IQ and improve their game understanding which in turn helps them make better decisions,” he added.
The 15s squads will not have a continental competition same to the under 20 side and Lionesses 15s side.
“The cancellation of fixtures is definitely a big blow to teams that use the fixtures to expose their National squads to competitive rugby and to gauge performance, especially teams that only get to participate in Rugby Africa Cup (15s) and the Africa 7s. That being said it’s more of a safety precaution against the prevailing covid19 pandemic and it’s understandable why Rugby Africa came to this decision,” he stated.