Kenya 7s Head Coach Innocent Simiyu has announced his squad that will take part in the opening two rounds of the World 7s Series scheduled for Dubai on 26-27 November and 3-4 December 2021.
Simiyu has included Tony Omondi who has missed the better of the 2021 action due to injury. Omondi will make his World 7s Series debut in Dubai alongside Kabras forward Kevin Wekesa.
After Impressing in the Safari 7s tournament, Edmund Anya has been included in the traveling squad. Bush Mwale returns after missing the Olympics and the 2021 World 7s Series. Johnstone Olindi has also been recalled.
Levy Amunga, Alvin Marube and Timothy Mmasi have been retained after making their debut in the 2021 World 7s Series. Regulars Herman Humwa, Daniel Taabu, Billy Odhiambo, Alvin Otieno and Jeff Olouch are in the squad that will be captained by Nelson Oyoo.
The 2021 World 7s Bronze Medalists Shujaa are in Pool B alongside Olympic bronze medallists Argentina, Spain, and the USA.
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To take account of this factor and in acknowledgment that not all teams may be able to compete in all events due to the challenges of the global COVID-19 pandemic, a unique Series points scoring system has been introduced for the 2022 Series in the interests of fairness. The system sees the best seven men’s results and four women’s results for each team contribute to their final Series standings. The number of contributing results will increase should a replacement event for Hong Kong be added.
The 16 men’s core teams after the Dubai events are Argentina, Australia, Canada, England, Fiji, France, Ireland, Japan, Kenya, New Zealand, Samoa, Scotland, South Africa, Spain, USA and Wales.
The 11 core women’s teams after the Dubai events are Australia, Brazil, Canada, England, Fiji, France, Ireland, New Zealand, Russia, Spain and USA.
Two men’s and one women’s teams will be relegated from the 2022 Series, to ensure a pathway for teams to be promoted from the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Challenger Series.
Shujaa Squad to Dubai: Nelson Oyoo ( Nakuru, captain), Herman Humwa (Kenya Harlequin), Alvin Otieno (KCB), Johnstone Olindi (KCB), Levi Amunga (KCB), Billy Odhiambo (Mwamba), Daniel Taabu (Mwamba), Tony Omondi* (Mwamba), Bush Mwale (Homeboyz), Jeff Oluoch (Homeboyz),Alvin Marube (Impala Saracens), Edmund Anya (Impala Saracens), Timothy Mmasi (Masinde Muliro), Kevin Wekesa* (Kabras Sugar)
Management: Innocent Simiyu (Head Coach), Mike Shamiah (Assistant Coach, Skills), Anthony Muchiri (Assistant Coach, Strength & Conditioning), Lamech Francis (Physio), Erick Ogweno (Manager)