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World Cup target for Kenya 15s
new coach Jerome Paarwater

Kenyan rugby has shown the stuff it is made
of in the shorter version of the game

NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- Kenya is looking south to resuscitate its dwindling stake in rugby 15 and new head coach Jerome Paarwater from South Africa has pencilled qualification to the World Cup as his target.

Paarwater arrived in Nairobi on Sunday and together with former Springboks head coach Peter de Villiers, who comes in as ‘conditioning’ coach have made an assurance that their main challenge is to guide the country to its first ever World Cup qualification.

I have a clear picture of the task ahead. The standard of the game in Kenya has improved tremendously. Though the game is still not fully professional, but they have made strides.

I have worked with many of Kenyan players before and this is a good chance for me to do something progressive in rugby as a coach,” said Paarwater on Monday in Nairobi.

Speaking also in Nairobi, De Villiers said he was excited to be in the country and looked forward to a fruitful visit and good work with the team.

Kenyan rugby has shown the stuff it is made of in the shorter version of the game and I am sure they have what it takes to be way up there with the rest in the fifteens version,” he said.

Africa will provide one direct qualifier for Rugby World Cup 2015 and one team into the Repechage. The Confederation Africaine de Rugby (CAR) Championship is the regional qualification tournament for Rugby World Cup 2015, with Divisions 1A, 1B and 1C involved in the process. Kenya is Division 1A.

The Division 1A winner in 2014 will take their place at RWC 2015 as Africa 1, while the runner-up will enter the Repechage for a second change to reach Rugby’s showcase event.

The Repechage will determine the 20th and final qualifier for Rugby World Cup 2015. Four teams will be involved in the Repechage, representing four regions - Africa, the Americas, Asia and Europe.

Kenya Rugby Union (KRU) Chairman Mwangi Muthee have been in streamlining the game since his election three years ago.

He brought in former England Sevens captain and coach Mike Friday to guide the Kenya sevens team and the results have been evident in the International Rugby Board (IRB) Sevens circuit. He has restored consistency in the squad and they side is now almost fully professional.

Friday brought along another foreigner Christopher Brown, the team’s strength and conditioning coach.

But the arrival of Former Springbok Head Coach Peter de Villiers to conduct a week long high performance training camp with the Kenya 15s is pumping new air in the open sails of the national 15s team.

He will complement the works of Paarwater who until his appointment with Kenya, was head of Talent Identification at the Western Province Rugby Football Union in South Africa.

Peter de Villiers coached the Springboks between 2008 and 2011 and guided the team to the RWC 2011 Quarter Final where they bowed out to an 11-9 loss at the hands of Australia.

Kenya now needs to make the finals of the World Cup in the 15s category in 2015 in England.

They must be at the top of division 1A at the CAR continental trophy in 2013 and 2014. Already giants South Africa has secured the ticket to the World Cup as one of the top seven ranked countries in the world.


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