NAIROBI, (Xinhua) --
Kenya’s team Shujaa are out to make a better
start to the 2017/18 World Rugby Sevens Series on the weekend of
Dec. 1 and 2 in Dubai following a dispiriting campaign last
season when they slumped to 12th overall.
Speaking on Friday
when he named the squad for the opening leg of the campaign,
head coach Innocent Simiyu noted that earlier preparations had
placed the team in a better position than when he took charge
The former rugby
sevens and 15s Kenyan captain is optimistic they will make the
Main Cup quarters from a tough group that also includes Series
winners South Africa, neighbours Uganda and Canada.
In place of the
injured seasoned captain, Andrew Amonde, Simiyu gave the armband
to Oscar Ayodi with namesake Oscar Ouma deputising as center
Herman Hamwa who plays for local club, SportPesa Quins was
handed his debut.
Kenya will be using
the series to prepare for the 2018 Rugby Sevens World Cup in San
Francisco, United States and are keen to make the first Series
Main Cup final since May 2016 when Shujaa won Singapore 7s.