Kenya 7s Head Coach Innocent Simiyu has revealed his squad for the third and fourth legs of the World 7s series scheduled for Malaga and Seville in Spain.
Derrick Ashihundu is in line for his World 7s Series debut after being included in the 13-man squad. The squad has been boosted by the return of Vincent Onyala who missed the 2021 action due to commitments with Kenya Simbas.
Kelvin Wekesa and Tony Omondi have been retained after their debut in Dubai. Nelson Oyoo will retain his role as Captain with Jeff Oluoch, Alvin Otieno, Daniel Taabu, Herman Humwa, Billy Odhiambo also maintaining their slots.
The team has been in camp since 3rd January after breaking briefly for the December festivities.
In the Malaga tournament, Shujaa has been pooled alongside France, Canada and Wales in Pool D.
Malaga 7s and Seville 7s tournaments on 21st-23rd and 28th-30th Jan respectively.
To take account of the 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 was 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 for the upcoming events will be 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 team will be relegated from the 2022 Series, to ensure a pathway for teams to be promoted from the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Challenger Series.
Kenya 7s squad: Nelson Oyoo, Jeff Oluoch, Vincent Onyala, Kelvin Wekesa, Alvin Otieno, Herman Humwa, Bush Mwale, Tony Omondi, Johnstone Olindi, Daniel Taabu, Levy Amunga, Derrick Ashihundu, Billy Odhiambo
non travelling Alvin Marube, Benson Salem, Timothy Mmasi