By John Kwoba NAIROBI, (Xinhua) --
Kenya’s women’s rugby team will treat the Dubai
Sevens tournament as part of its preparations ahead of next
year’s qualifiers for World Series core status and the Tokyo
Head coach Kevin
Wambua believes Kenya will weather the storm and gain more from
the second round of the 2018-2019 Women’s World Rugby Sevens
Series, which kicks off in Dubai on Nov. 29.
“Our main goal is to
be ready for next year. It will be big for us as we have
qualifiers for the Women’s World Series as well as the Olympics
in Tokyo. We want to use this tournament to test some of the new
players coming into the system,” Wambua said here on Tuesday.
Kenya lost to China
in last season’s qualifiers for core status in the World Series.
However, Wambua is confident his team will do better, after
gaining more experience from the tournament and at the
Commonwealth Games in Australia in April.
“Our training so far
has been very positive. I am happy with the new crop of players
we have drafted into the team. They have a lot of potential and
talent and it will not take long for me to fine-tune their
skills and be ready for the Dubai contest and the challenges we
expect in the Olympics and World Series qualifiers in 2019,” the
Kenya has been
grouped in Pool A in next month’s Dubai Women’s Sevens and will
again clash with Commonwealth Games champions New Zealand, who
won the season opener at the Glendale Sevens in the United
States last weekend. Kenya will also face Ireland and Russia.
It will be the
second appearance for the Kenyan women’s team in the Dubai
Sevens. The first time was in 2016 when they participated in
Clermont before heading out to Brazil for the Rio Olympics.
Pool B contains the
United States, the runners-up at the Glendale Sevens, the 2017
Dubai defending champions Australia, England and China. Pool C
will see Canada take on France, Spain and Fiji.
Top two teams in the
pool will proceed to the main cup finals.