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Laiser Hill 2017 East African 15s Champions: Where are they?


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After finishing second in the 2017 Kenya Secondary School Sports Association (KSSSA) 15s held at Nairobi School following an 18-14 loss to Kakamega High, Laiser Hill redeemed themselves by scooping the FEASSSA 15s title in Gulu Uganda.

To win the East African Title, Laiser edged Upper Hill 12-7, beat Namilyango 29-12, whipped Kakamega High 42-19 and thrashed Ntare and Mbarara 60-0 in the round-robin tournament. The win saw them become the third Kenyan side after Kakamega (with six titles) and Mang’u (with two) to bag two East African titles. Their first title came in 2015.

Scrummage traces the whereabouts of some of the key members of the squad, three years after their famous victory which saw them hand Kakamega High one of the worst losses in the past decade.

Laiser Hill 2017 EA winning squad:

1. John Gichuhi

The prop linked up with Homeboyz after completing his High School education. Jamhuri Grounds have been his home since then. He has enjoyed playtime with the side and he was among the players that helped Homeboyz to a third-place finish in the 2019/20 regular season.

2.Bruce Shiemi

Bruce also moved to Homeboyz, in his first year with the senior team he made history as he was part of the 23 players that delivered the first-ever Trophy at Club. He came off the bench as Homeboyz beat Impala 21-3 at RFUEA Grounds in May 2018 to win their maiden Enterprise Cup.

3.Garvin Peter

He moved to Strathmore after Laiser.

4.Chris Hulk Asira

Hulk opted to link up with his Coach Kevin Wambua at Mwamba. He was part of the Mwamba squad that reached the Kenya Cup semis losing to Kabras 23-11 in the 2018/19 season. He has remained regular a for Kulabu who have qualified for the Kenya Cup playoffs once again. Hulk featured as their Enterprise Cup journey ended following a 54-10 loss to Kabras in Kakamega early this year.

*5.Don Wandago

6.Were Samuel

Were moved to Kenya Cup side Menengai Oilers after High School. At Oilers, he became a regular at the start of the 2019/20 season and helped the side to a sixth-place finish in the regular campaign. He played for Kenya Under 20 in 2019 as they edged Namibia in the Barthes final to qualify for World Junior Trophy. In Brazil, he was among Kenya’s top performers as they finished sixth in the competition. The flanker has been included in Kenya Simbas squad for 2020 International season.

7.Tendwa Charles

Tendwa went to Kwale, joining  South Coast Pirates. He made history last season being the first player from a Championship side to break into Kenya Simbas first team. He was part of the Kenya Simbas squad for the 2019 Victoria Cup featuring for the side in Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. He has also been included in the 2020 International season squad.

8.Kelvin Jerome Kerore

Also joined Mwamba where he is up to date.

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9. Kevin Kioko

Kioko moved to Nakuru after High School where he spend sometime before quitting to join Daystar after he was awarded a scholarship. He had six appearances this season scoring a try as Daystar finished second in Nairobi region Nationwide. The side is scheduled to play Western Champions CITAM in the National Nationwide quarters.

10. Johnstone Olindi

Olindi is arguably the most successful member of the squad. He was the man of the match as Homeboyz won the first-ever Enterprise Cup in 2018. He then won the National 7s Circuit with Homeboyz the same and his impressive performances in the Circuit earned him a Kenya 7s debut in the 2018 Safari 7s. He went on to make his Kenya 7s series debut in Dubai and since then he has become a regular in the squad. At Just 20, he has made 63 appearances for Shujaa, scoring  16 tries and total of 132 points.

Olindi moved to KCB in 2019 and played a major role in their 2019 National 7s Circuit win and also played in some of their 15s matches where they finished second in the regular season.

11.Billy Kipchirchir

Chirchir also ended his association with Nakuru to join Daystar University in 2019 where he is pursuing a course in Psychology. He has had five appearances with the Athi-river based side in the 2019/20 season.

12.William Diffu

Diffu made a move to Homeboyz after High and just like Shiemi and Olindi, he played part in their 21-3 win over Impala in the 2018 Enterprise Cup victory.  After the victory, he was handed an opportunity to train with Kenya Simbas under Ian Snook. Diffu also represented Homeboyz in 2018 Safari 7s and Dubai 7s.

In 2019, he went to Kabras where he played the National 7s.  He has been part of the squad that finished on top of the Kenya Cup log in the 2019/20 season and booked a direct slot in the Kenya Cup and Enterprise Cup semis.

13. Joel Inzuga

The fleet-footed man has been a cog-member of the Mwamba Rugby squad in both versions. His impressive performances have seen Mwamba finish second in the last two National 7s Circuit campaigns, reach Kenya Cup playoffs twice and an Enterprise Cup semifinal. He was nominated for the Magharibi Michezo in 2019 due to his fine display at Kulabu.

14.Simiyu Gregory

Simiyu is the third member from the squad to have joined Daystar. The winger made five appearances for the side as they came second in the Nairobi Nationwide.

15.Fredrick Odongo

Odongo has been with Nakuru since finishing his high school education. He has been a key member in both 7s and 15s. He featured in the 7s as they went on to finish fourth on the 2019 National 7s campaign and also enjoyed starts as they finished seventh in the Kenya Cup campaign.

Perks Maina-  Nanyuki Jackals

Martin Mugo– Moved to USIU

Brian Kitiva– Joined Homeboyz

*TBC

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