Kenya women's national rugby sevens team

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Union Kenya Rugby Union
Nickname(s)Lionesses
Ground(s) RFUEA Ground
Coach(es)Kevin Wambua
Captain(s) Philadelphia Olando
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Kenya women's national rugby sevens team plays in several tournaments including the African Women's Sevens Championship, Dubai Invitational Sevens and the Hong Kong Women's Sevens.

Rugby Union Sevens – a short form of the sport of rugby union – was first played in 1883, with the first (men's) internationals taking place in 1973. As women's rugby union developed in the 1960s and 1970s the format became very popular as it allowed games, and entire leagues, to be developed in countries even when player numbers were small, and it remains the main form the women's game is played in most parts of the world.

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Kenya's captain Aberdeen Shikoyi died on 29 May 2012 after an injury she sustained in a match against Uganda.

Kenya Republic in East Africa

Kenya, officially the Republic of Kenya, is a country in Africa with 47 semiautonomous counties governed by elected governors. At 580,367 square kilometres (224,081 sq mi), Kenya is the world's 48th largest country by total area. With a population of more than 52.2 million people, Kenya is the 27th most populous country. Kenya's capital and largest city is Nairobi while its oldest city and first capital is the coastal city of Mombasa. Kisumu City is the third largest city and also an inland port on Lake Victoria. Other important urban centres include Nakuru and Eldoret.

Aberdeen Shikoyi was a Kenyan rugby union player. She was the captain of the women's rugby union team. Shikoyi sustained a spinal injury during a rugby match and died a few days later.

Kenya qualified for the 2016 Summer Olympics by winning the 2015 Women's Africa Cup Sevens. [1] [2] [3]

2016 Summer Olympics Games of the XXXI Olympiad, held in Rio de Janeiro in 2016

The 2016 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XXXI Olympiad and commonly known as Rio 2016, was an international multi-sport event that was held from 5 to 21 August 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, with preliminary events in some sports beginning on 3 August. This is the inaugural Olympiad to be held in South America and the fourth to be held in a developing country: the 1968 Mexico City Summer Olympics, 1980 1980 Soviet Union Summer Olympics, and the 2008 China Summer Olympics.

The 2015 Women's Africa Cup Sevens was a women's rugby sevens tournament for the continental championship of Africa and a qualification tournament for rugby sevens at the 2016 Summer Olympics. The competition was held in Kempton Park, South Africa on 26–27 September 2015. It was the fifth all-continental African Women's Sevens Championship, hosting teams from both Northern and Southern Africa.

Tournament history

Summer Olympics

Olympic Games record
YearRoundPositionPldWLD
Flag of Brazil.svg 2016 Placement round11th5140
Total0 Titles1/15140

Commonwealth Games

Commonwealth Games record
YearRoundPositionPldWLD
Flag of Australia (converted).svg 2018 Placement round6th5320
Total0 Titles1/15320

Rugby Africa Women's Sevens

Rugby Africa Women's Sevens record
YearRoundPositionPldWLD
Flag of Uganda.svg 2008 Semi FinalBronze medal icon.svg5320
Flag of Morocco.svg 2012 FinalSilver medal icon.svg5410
Flag of Tunisia.svg 2013 Semi Final44130
Flag of Kenya.svg 2014 FinalSilver medal icon.svg5320
Flag of South Africa.svg 2015 FinalSilver medal icon.svg6510
Flag of Zimbabwe.svg 2016 FinalSilver medal icon.svg5410
Flag of Tunisia.svg 2017 FinalSilver medal icon.svg6510
Flag of Botswana.svg 2018 FinalGold medal icon.svg5500
Total1 Titles8/84130110

2017 Rugby Africa Women's Sevens

Pool Stage

  • Kenya 27-5 Madagascar
  • Kenya 38-0 Senegal
  • Kenya 47-0 Zimbabwe

Quarter Finals

  • Kenya 47-0 Morocco

Semi Finals

  • Kenya 26-7 Tunisia

Final

  • Kenya 12-17 South Africa

Team

Current squad

Squad to the 2018 Commonwealth Games [4]

Previous squads

The following is the Kenya roster in the women's rugby sevens tournament of the 2016 Summer Olympics. [5]

Head coach: Michael Mulima

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4 Rachael Adhiambo Mbogo 1 Stacy Awour Otieno
5 Linet Arasa 2 Janet Awuor Awino
7 Doreen Remour Nziwa 3 Sheila Kavugwe Chajira
8 Janet Musindalo Okelo 6 Camilyne Oyuayo
9 Irene Awino Otieno 12 Philadelphia Olando
10 Catherine Awino Abilla (c)
11 Celestine Navalayo Masinde

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References

  1. worldrugby.org. "Kenya women secure Rio 2016 Olympic Games Rugby Sevens place" . Retrieved 2016-07-17.
  2. "Kenya's Lionesses roar into Rio 2016 rugby tournament after South Africa decline slot". Rio 2016. 15 December 2015. Archived from the original on 9 August 2016. Retrieved 2016-07-17.
  3. Njuguna, William (17 December 2015). "Kenya: Women's Rugby Team Qualifies for Rio 2016 Olympics". allafrica.com. Retrieved 2016-07-17.
  4. "Kenya Squad" . Retrieved April 29, 2018.
  5. "Kenya 7s – Olympic Games Women's Sevens". World Rugby . Retrieved 24 July 2016.