Kenya national rugby sevens team

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Kenya
Union Kenya Rugby Union
Emblem(s)The African lion
Coach(es) Innocent Simiyu
Captain(s) Andrew Amonde
Most caps Collins Injera (79)
Top scorer Collins Injera (1,443) [1]
Most tries Collins Injera (279) [2]
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World Cup Sevens
Appearances5 (First in 2001 )
Best result3rd place (2009)
Official website
www.kru.co.ke

The Kenya national rugby sevens team competes in the World Rugby Sevens Series, Rugby World Cup Sevens and the Commonwealth Games. They are currently one of the 15 "core teams" of the World Series, with a guaranteed place in all 10 events each season. Kenya recorded its first tournament win in the World Rugby Sevens Series after beating Fiji at the 2016 Singapore Sevens. [3] Kenya has also been successful in the Rugby World Cup Sevens, reaching the semifinals in 2009 and again in 2013.[ citation needed ]

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The Kenya Sevens team is sometimes referred to by the Kenyan and international press as Shujaa, [4] a Swahili word meaning courage, confidence, bravery, or heroism. The Kenya national rugby sevens team is one of the more successful sporting teams representing Kenya. They have won the men's Team of the Year category six times at the Kenyan Sports Personality of the Year Awards: 2004, 2007, 2008, 2009, [5] [6] 2013, and 2016.

Honors

World Rugby Sevens Series

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A line-out during the 2008 Edinburgh Sevens

Kenya has competed in the World Series every year since the competition's inception in 1999–2000. Kenya's best season came in 2012–13 when they finished fifth in the Series. Collins Injera and Humphrey Kayange were both nominated for World Rugby Sevens Player of the Year in 2009, but lost to England's Ollie Phillips.

World Series record
SeasonPositionMost triesMost points
1999–00 20th
2000–01 23rd
2001–02 23rd
2002–03 10th Dennis Mwanja (6) Oscar Osir (79)
2003–04 11th Oscar Osir (28) Oscar Osir (158)
2004–05 10th Allan Makaka (17) Allan Makaka (87)
2005–06 9th Sidney Ashioya (18) Lavin Asego (163)
2006–07 11th Innocent Simiyu (19) Innocent Simiyu (115)
2007–08 7th Collins Injera (18) Collins Injera (92)
2008–09 6th Collins Injera (42) Collins Injera (210)
2009–10 8th Humphrey Kayange (33) Lavin Asego (173)
2010–11 9th Humphrey Kayange (31) Humphrey Kayange (157)
2011–12 12th Willy Ambaka (16) Lavin Asego (81)
2012–13 5th Willy Ambaka (24) Willy Ambaka (120)
2013–14 7th Collins Injera (30) Collins Injera (166)
2014–15 13th Billy Odhiambo (20) Billy Odhiambo (100)
2015–16 7th Collins Injera (32) Collins Injera (172)
2016–17 12th Billy Odhiambo (22) Billy Odhiambo/Samuel Oliech (110)
2017–18 8th Willy Ambaka (31) Willy Ambaka (155)
2018–19 13th Vincent Onyala (22) Daniel Taabu (157)
Total Collins Injera (271) Collins Injera (1,393)

Tournament history

Summer Olympic Games

Rugby World Cup Sevens

World Cup record
TournamentRoundPositionPlayedWonLostDrewMost tries
Flag of Scotland.svg 1993 Did not qualify
Flag of Hong Kong 1959.svg 1997
Flag of Argentina.svg 2001 Bowl Semifinals=19th7160
Flag of Hong Kong.svg 2005 Bowl Semifinals=19th7340 Lucas Onyango (6)
Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg 2009 Semifinals=3rd5320 Collins Injera (5)
Flag of Russia.svg 2013 Semifinals4th6420 Humphrey Kayange (6)
Flag of the United States.svg 2018 Challenge quarterfinals16th5140 Jeffrey Oluoch (4)
Total0 Titles5/73012180 C. Injera & H. Kayange (9)

Commonwealth Games

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Kenya playing the Cook Islands at 2014 Commonwealth Games
Commonwealth record
YearRoundPositionPldWLD
Flag of Malaysia.svg 1998 Bowl Quarterfinals13th5050
Flag of England.svg 2002 Bowl Semifinals11th5230
Flag of Australia (converted).svg 2006 Bowl Champions9th6420
Flag of India.svg 2010 Plate Semifinals7th5320
Flag of Scotland.svg 2014 Plate Semifinals7th5230
Flag of Australia (converted).svg 2018 Placement round8th5230
Total0 Titles6/63113180

Africa Cup Sevens

Africa Cup Sevens record
YearRoundPositionPldWLD
Flag of Kenya.svg 2013 Champions1st6600
Flag of Zimbabwe.svg 2014 Finals2nd7520
Flag of South Africa.svg 2015 Champions1st6600
Flag of Kenya.svg 2016 Semifinals3rd4310
Flag of Uganda.svg 2017 Did Not Compete
Flag of Tunisia.svg 2018 Finals2nd5410
Flag of South Africa.svg 2019 Champions1st6600
Total3 Titles6/7343040

Safari Sevens

Kenya has won the Safari Sevens ten times:

Team

Current squad

Former squads

Kenya team to the 2016 Summer Olympics

The following is the Kenya roster in the men's rugby sevens tournament of the 2016 Summer Olympics - age represents each players age when the Olympics took place. [7]

Head coach: Benjamin Ayimba

No.Pos.PlayerDate of birth (age)EventsPointsUnion
1 BK Oscar Ayodi (1989-09-21)21 September 1989 (aged 26)26180 Flag of Kenya.svg Homeboyz
2 FW Bush Mwale (1993-11-14)14 November 1993 (aged 22)1375 Flag of Kenya.svg Homeboyz
3 FW Oscar Ouma Achieng (1989-05-03)3 May 1989 (aged 27)32320 Flag of Kenya.svg Nakuru
4 BK Lugonzo Ligamy (1992-07-29)29 July 1992 (aged 24)1051 Flag of Kenya.svg Homeboyz
5 BK Billy Odhiambo (1993-11-07)7 November 1993 (aged 22)27250 Flag of Kenya.svg Strathmore University
6 FW Humphrey Kayange (1982-07-20)20 July 1982 (aged 34)67799 Flag of Kenya.svg Mwamba
7 BK Biko Adema (1987-09-01)1 September 1987 (aged 28)53702 Flag of Kenya.svg Nondescripts
8 FW Andrew Amonde (c) (1983-12-25)25 December 1983 (aged 32)48170 Flag of Kenya.svg Kenya Commercial Bank
9 FW Dennis Ombachi (1991-12-14)14 December 1991 (aged 24)22130 Flag of Kenya.svg Mwamba
10 BK Samuel Oliech (1993-12-15)15 December 1993 (aged 22)699 Flag of Kenya.svg Impala Saracens
11 BK Collins Injera (1986-10-18)18 October 1986 (aged 29)661,211 Flag of Kenya.svg Mwamba
12 FW Willy Ambaka (1990-05-14)14 May 1990 (aged 26)29325 Flag of Kenya.svg Kenya Harlequin
Kenya squad for the 2017–18 World Sevens Series

Squad for the 2017–18 Sevens Series [8]

PlayerClub Team
Collins Injera Mwamba
Oscar Ouma Nakuru
Oscar Ayodi (c) Homeboyz
Billy Odhiambo Mwamba
William Ambaka Quins
Andrew Amonde KCB
Dennis Ombachi Nondescripts
Samuel Oliech Impala Saracens
Augustine Lugonzo Homeboyz
Nelson Oyoo Nakuru
Eden Agero Quins
Jeffery Oluoch Homeboyz
Daniel SikutaKabras
Brian TangaKabras
Arthur Owira KCB
Frank Wanyama Quins
Eric OmbasaOilers
Samuel NgetheOilers
Ian Minjire Impala Saracens

Player records

The following refers to statistics generated in the World Rugby Sevens Series. Players in bold are still active. Collins Injera was briefly ranked the #1 player in the world in tries scored, until his try-scoring record was surpassed by England's Dan Norton.

Most tries [9]
No.PlayerTries
1 Collins Injera 279
2 Humphrey Kayange 159
3 Willy Ambaka 123
Most points [10]
No.PlayerPoints
1 Collins Injera 1,443
2 Lavin Asego 1,026
3 Humphrey Kayange 799
Most matches [11]
No.PlayerMatches
1 Collins Injera 424
2 Andrew Amonde 358
3 Humphrey Kayange 331

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  10. World Rugby statistics, current as of 15 March 2020
  11. World Rugby statistics, current as of 15 March 2020