Mean Machine RFC

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Mean Machine
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Full nameMean Machine Rugby Football Club
Nickname(s)Machine (Eschuma).
Founded1977
Location Nairobi, Kenya
Ground(s) University of Nairobi Grounds, 2,000 capacity
ChairmanWilly Oyosi
Coach(es)Michael Abok & Ramsfield Matekwa
Captain(s)Kevin Daniel Ouma
League(s) Kenya Cup, Eric Shirley Shield, Enterprise Cup, Chairman's Cup
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Mean Machine RFC is a Rugby union club based in Nairobi, Kenya. It is the representative side of the University of Nairobi and was founded in 1977 during the time when rugby union in Kenya was predominantly played by white settlers and expats. In their inaugural year they won the Kenya Cup. [1] During the 1980s the club was forced to close due to political pressure after the 1982 coup d'état attempt, and many players would have to play for other clubs. [2]


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