Kenya national rugby league team

Last updated
Kenya
Team information
Governing body Kenya Rugby League Association
Region Europe
Head coach Edward Rombo
CaptainDominic Mose
Uniforms
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First colours
Team results
First international
Flag of Kenya.svg  Kenya 34–24 Italy  Flag of Italy.svg
(Watamu, Kenya 25 March 2014)
Biggest win
Flag of Kenya.svg  Kenya 34-24 Italy  Flag of Italy.svg
(Watamu, 25 March 2014)
Biggest defeat
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World Cup
Appearances0

The Kenya national rugby league team represent Kenya in the sport of rugby league football. The goal was to qualify into 2025 Rugby League World Cup for the first time.

Contents

History

They made their international rugby league debut against Italy where Kenya defeated them 34-24 in front of over 5000 fans at a local primary school in Watamu. [1] The team was hastily formed from selection of local rugby union players. They were introduced to the rules and regulations in rugby league for merely one week before the match. [2]

The match was symbolic to and began revival the development of rugby league in Kenya and eventual formation of Kenya Rugby League Association in 2019.

Future Plan

The team expected to participate in 2025 Rugby League World Cup qualifiers beginning from 2022. [3] In 2020, they engaged continental powerhouse South Africa, Spain and Morocco, who expressed interest in playing test matches in Nairobi depending on the situation of COVID-19 pandemic.

2014 Squad

2014 Kenya Squad
First team squadCoaching staff

Head coach



Legend:
  • (c) Captain(s)
  • (vc) Vice captain(s)

Updated: 24 May 2014
Source(s): debut match 2014

Coaches

The current headcoach of the Kenyan team is “The Eagle” Edward Rombo, who was the first Kenya professional rugby league player to play for Leeds Rhinos, Dewsbury Rams and Featherstone Rovers in the early 90s. He was appointed in May 2020. [4]

Rombo will lead the national team’s program in collaboration with ‘Giving Rugby Foundation’ to provide technical support in the federation’s development in the area of skills and defence. [5]

“As a pioneer rugby league player from Kenya. I’m happy to play my part in ensuring the sports takes root in Kenya and have a strong National team hoping to take part in the future world cup,” said Rombo. He contended that rugby league was a more simple game version than rugby union and his philosophy would be to utilize natural running abilities among Kenyans and keep the ball alive as much as possible. [6]

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