NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya’s captain Oscar Ouma said his team is under pressure to
post good results at the Las Vegas and Vancouver legs of the
World Rugby Sevens.
Ouma noted that
their target of reaching 100 points is still valid and the next
two rounds will give credence of the countries trajectory this
The Las Vegas 7s
tournament will be held on March 2-4 while the Vancouver 7s in
Canada will run from March 10-11.
“Our focus is on
winning. The pressure is mounting and we must learn to deal with
it. Our aim is to put up good show and be competitive against
the big boys. Kenyans expect us to perform well, be consistent
and that is what we need to nail down. We must record positive
results,” said Ouma Monday.
The captain was
buoyant saying with the return to action of Kenya’s top try
scorer Collins Injera and Billy Odhiambo, the team has received
The team, which left
for USA on Saturday, has hit the right form in the last two legs
in Sydney and Hamilton and coach Innocent Simiyu is hopeful they
will maintain the momentum in Las Vegas and Vancouver, the fifth
the sixth legs of the World Series.
“We have a tough
pool in Las Vegas and will be keen to start well in the opening
game against France. Our main focus remains meeting our
performance standards consistently and I believe that if we are
able to do that, we will achieve the results that we want,” said
Kenya has been
grouped in Pool A with Fiji, France and Russia for the USA
Sevens. Simiyu will be interested in getting the team past the
preliminary rounds and make the Main Cup quarters.
Injera and Odhiambo
were missing from the Hamilton and Sydney legs. Injera, second
on the Sevens World Series all time try scorers list, has
recovered from a hamstring injury that has seen him out of
action since December.
Odhiambo on the
other hand is making his first show with the Kenya team after
recovering from a shoulder injury. They replace Brian Tanga and
Uganda Rugby team to face
French Army ahead of Commonwealth Games
KAMPALA Uganda (Xinhua) --
The Uganda Rugby team will face the French Army
rugby side on March 2 at the Kyadondo Rugby ground, Kampala.
Ramzy Olinga, the
Chief Executive Officer of the Uganda Rugby Union (URU) told
Xinhua on Monday morning that the game will help the national 7s
team prepare before they head to Hong Kong for a series of
qualifiers and later the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast,
“This is a good
opportunity because the French Army have a strong rugby team and
this match will be played to celebrate the French week,” added
Olinga. Besides the build-up, the union will also have a 7s
tournament the same day to attract about 10 teams.
Alfred Onek, the
French Embassy Public Relations Officer confirmed to Xinhua that
a team of the French Army will fly from France to come and play
the Ugandan team.
“Last year the
French Army football team played the Uganda Cranes and this year
focus is on rugby,” added Onek.
Uganda Rugby Cranes
coach Tolbert Onyango told Xinhua that playing the French Army
team will be a big boost to test his team before they head to
Hong Kong and later the Commonwealth Games.
“It is always
important to have the players play as many international games
as possible because it helps them prepare better,” added Onyango.
For the Commonwealth
Games, Uganda who are the Africa Rugby 7s champions, are grouped
alongside giants Fiji, Wales and Sri Lanka in Pool D. Uganda