Homeboyz RFC

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Homeboyz R.F.C
Full nameHomeboyz Rugby Football Club
Union Kenya Rugby Football Union
Nickname(s)HBR, The Boyz Are In Town, The Girlz Are In Town
Founded2009
Location Nairobi, Kenya
Ground(s)Jamhuri Park (Capacity: 10,000)
Chairman Flag of Kenya.svg Myke Rabar
Coach(es) Flag of Kenya.svg Simon Odongo and Elisha Okello
Captain(s) Flag of Kenya.svg Roy Wesonga Flag of Kenya.svg Zeden Marrow
League(s) Kenya Cup, Eric Shirley Shield
2020 Kenya Cup
3rd (overall) (season abandoned)
Eric Shirley Shield
4th (overall) (season abandoned)
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Official website
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Homeboyz Rugby Football Club is a rugby union club based in Nairobi, Kenya, that competes in the Kenya Cup, Eric Shirley Shield, Enterprise Cup and Mwamba Cup. Formed in 2009, Homeboyz also has a women's team that competes in the Kenya Rugby Football Union women's league every year. Both the men's and women's teams also compete in the Kenya National Sevens Circuit that happens annually. Their main home ground is Jamhuri Park.

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History

Foundation and early years

Homeboyz was officially founded in 2009. This was a result of the perceived need in the market to accommodate the younger players who felt that they were not being given enough opportunities to play competitive rugby. As a start-up team in 2009, Homeboyz RFC was initially placed in the lower-tier Eric Shirley Shield. After winning the Eric Shirley Shield two seasons in a row, they earned their promotion to Kenya Cup. [1]

The women's team was formed in 2016 after Homeboyz decided to give women a platform to showcase their talent. The women's game, as compared to the men's, is still relatively young but has made great strides in the past years. The team has been consistent in the Kenya Rugby Football Union women's league and produced five women who represented the country in the 2016 Summer Olympics.

Tours

Against Uganda Select

Homeboyz first toured Uganda in 2018 having won the Enterprise Cup to face a Ugandan Select side as an initiative to promote rugby in the region. [2] They won the match 18 - 10 with Bush Mwale and Roy Wesonga scoring a try each and Kelvin Masai kicking over two penalties and a conversion.

Dubai 7s

Homeboyz first toured Dubai in 2010 to play in the Dubai 7's Men's Invitational Tournament. [3] This was after taking part in three of the five legs of the National Sevens Circuit and winning over many fans.

In 2018, Homeboyz won three legs of the National Sevens Circuit which saw them crowned 7's champions that season. This was rewarded by a trip to the Dubai 7's Men's Invitational Tournament once again where the side narrowly lost to the Emerging Boks. [4]

Club success (2009–2019)

In 2009, Homeboyz had a stint in the National Sevens Circuit playing in three of the five tournaments of the circuit. Homeboyz RFC played the Prinsloo Sevens (Nakuru), Driftwoods Sevens (Mombasa) and in the Kabeberi Sevens (Nairobi) where they won their first trophy in the shield category

In 2010, Homeboyz Rugby participated in their first 15's fixture playing in the Eric Shirley Shield, which they won in their inaugural year. Homeboyz were crowned champions after a win against Kisumu RFC at the University of Nairobi grounds. [5] They were not promoted to play in the Kenya Cup due to some technicalities.

In 2011, the team went ahead and defended the Eric Shirley Shield trophy to secure a chance to play in the highest league in the country, Kenya Cup. The same year also saw Homeboyz win the Mwamba Cup. [6]

In 2013, Homeboyz Rugby finished 4th in the National Sevens Circuit winning their first sevens main cup trophy, the Kabeberi 7s. [7]

In 2014, Homeboyz missed the Kenya Cup playoff place by a single point. That same year they bag their second sevens main cup trophy by lifting the Driftwood 7's and finishing second overall in the National Sevens Circuit. [8]

In 2015 Enterprise Cup, the team reaches its first senior final in the Enterprise Cup losing 28 - 0 to KCB. [9]

In 2016, Homeboyz Rugby won the overall National Sevens Circuit setting a record for playing in all the finals in a six leg format and winning three of them, Prinsloo 7's, Dala 7's and Nanyuki 7's. [10] [11] [12] [13]

In 2017, Homeboyz Rugby, finished third overall in the National Sevens Circuit having won the Driftwood 7's and Dala 7's in the process. [14] [15] That same year saw them reach the Kenya Cup semi final for the first time after finishing the regular season in position one. [16]

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Homeboyz Rugby celebrate winning the Enterprise Cup

In 2018, they won the Enterprise Cup beating Impala Saracens 21 - 3 at the RFUEA Ground. [17] That same year saw Homeboyz reclaim the overall National Sevens Circuit winning four, Prinsloo 7's, Sepetuka 7's, Kabeberi 7's and Christie 7's, of the six legs on offer. [18] [19] [20] [21] They also had a decent run in the Kenya Cup finishing second in the regular season before falling to Kabras 29 - 13 in the semi final.

Current Standings

Kenya Cup

    2019–20 Kenya Cup Table [22]
    Alpha
    Team P W D L PF PA PD TBP PTS
    1 Flag of Kenya.svg Kabras 161501677132+5451474
    2 Flag of Kenya.svg KCB 161411573213+3601471
    3 Flag of Kenya.svg Homeboyz 161312524232+2921266
    4 Flag of Kenya.svg Impala 16907406307+991248
    5 Flag of Kenya.svg Mwamba 16907389391-2743
    6 Flag of Kenya.svg Menengai Oilers 16808412382+30941
    7 Flag of Kenya.svg Nakuru 16808323393-70638
    8 Flag of Kenya.svg Blak Blad 165011326453-127828
    9 Flag of Kenya.svg Harlequin 165011283414-131727
    10 Flag of Kenya.svg Nondescripts 165011316444-128626
    11 Flag of Kenya.svg Western Bulls 163013188509-321-111
    12 Flag of Kenya.svg Kisumu 161015173738-565-22

    Eric Shirley Shield

      The following Homeboyz players represented Kenya at the 2016 Summer Olympics

      Singapore Sevens Winners

      The following Homeboyz players were part of the team that won the 2016 Singapore Sevens [27]

      Rugby World Cup Sevens

      The following Homeboyz players have represented Kenya at the Rugby World Cup Sevens

      • Michael Wanjala (2013)
      • Oscar Ayodi (2018)
      • Jeffrey Oluoch (2018)

      Commonwealth Games

      The following Homeboyz players have represented Kenya at the Commonwealth Games

      • Michael Wanjala (2014)
      • Oscar Ayodi (2018)
      • Jeffrey Oluoch (2018)

      Youth Olympians

      The following Homeboyz players were part of the Kenya Under 19 team that took part in the 2014 Summer Youth Olympics [28]

      • Brian Songoi
      • Nelson Sangura
      • Brian Gisemba
      • John Ochar
      • Keith Wasike
      • Daniel Abuonji
      • Lamech Kimutai
      • Ian Omondi

      Overseas Players

      Note: Flags indicate national union as has been defined under World Rugby eligibility rules.

      • Flag of Uganda.svg Solomon Okia: 2014–2016
      • Flag of Uganda.svg Eliphaz Emong: 2019–2020

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        2019–20 Eric Shirley Shield Table [23]
        Bravo
        Team P W D L PF PA PD TBP PTS
        1 Flag of Kenya.svg KCB 161411638163+4751472
        2 Flag of Kenya.svg Kabras 161411576103+4731472
        3 Flag of Kenya.svg Menengai Oilers 161303471259+2121365
        4 Flag of Kenya.svg Homeboyz 161114390225+165854
        5 Flag of Kenya.svg Impala 161015458202+2561052
        6 Flag of Kenya.svg Mwamba 16817370298+721044
        7 Flag of Kenya.svg Nakuru 16907317336-19844
        8 Flag of Kenya.svg Blak Blad 165011186572-386424
        9 Flag of Kenya.svg Harlequin 164111232407-175422
        10 Flag of Kenya.svg Nondescripts 163013161391-230618
        11 Flag of Kenya.svg Western Bulls 162014102403-301-13-5
        12 Flag of Kenya.svg Kisumu 16001658600-542-5-5