Former England 7s Captain Rob Vickerman has picked Kenya 7s stars Andrew Amonde, Collins Injera and Willy Ambaka as the ones to watch during the World 10s Series scheduled for Sunday and Monday in Bermuda.
Amonde, Ambaka, Injera and Oscar Dennis will feature for Cape Town-based SX10 in the competition.
Vickerman, a former Newcastle and Leeds man who is now a rugby commentator believes the fact that the trio have a good background in 15s and 7s having played in the World Cup Qualifier Repechage and World 7s Series makes them suitable for the competition.
He also mentioned their ability to play with high energy and physicality which has been evident during the World Series as an area that will work to their advantage.
“One thing that I have to speak about is the connection between 7s and 15s. Three people that have a background in all codes are Kenya 7s massive, Andrew Amonde, Collins Injera and Willy Ambaka,” Vickerman mentioned in preview video.
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“They played in the Rugby World Cup qualifiers in France and they play a 15s version of 7s- think of high energy, a lot of kicking and a lot of running rugby. I think they are perfectly suited for this game, they are incredibly physical, so dominant on collision and have a wonderful Kenyan rugby mentality of trying a play from anywhere.”
“They are the three names to keep an eye and ear on. They gonna be awesome,” he concluded.
The competition will feature seven teams, The first two tournaments, will adopt league format, with each team playing each other twice across the weekend. The team with the most wins across the two series tournaments will win the World Tens League Title 2020 and be seeded number one for the WTS Cup.
The WTS Cup will be a knock-out play-off taking place on 7 November. The League Title winner and, number one seed, will receive a bye straight through to the semi-finals with the remaining six teams competing in a quarter-final match. Two Semi-finals and a Final will follow where the WTS Cup 2020 will be awarded to the winning team.
SX10 FORWARDS: Frikkie De Beer, Oscar Ouma, Marzuq Maaman, Thinus Van Zyl, Cory Daniel, Andrew Amonde, Tienie Burger, Gary Porter, Harry McNulty
BACKS: Luke Treharne, Craig Hunt, Cecil Afrika, Connor Wallace Sims, Oscar Dennis, JT Jackson, JP Du Plessis, Willy Ambaka, Collins Injera, Christian Ambadiang, Dewald Naude