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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) --
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
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.
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
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
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
Friday brought along
another foreigner Christopher Brown, the team’s strength and
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
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
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