Nakuru RFC

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Full name Nakuru Rugby Football Club
Location Nakuru, Kenya
Ground(s) Nakuru Athletic Club
Captain(s) Edwins Makori
League(s) Kenya Cup, Eric Shirley Shield

Nakuru Rugby Football Club also known as 'Wanyore' is a Kenyan rugby club based in Nakuru. It has played for several years in the Kenya Cup and Eric Shirley Shield leagues run by the Kenya Rugby Football Union. Nakuru RFC operates and trains at the Nakuru Athletic Club Grounds in Nakuru. They play at the 2,000-capacity Nakuru Stadium.

Nakuru City in Nakuru County, Kenya

Nakuru is the fourth-largest city in Kenya after Nairobi, Mombasa and Kisumu. It is the capital of Nakuru County and former capital of the Rift Valley Province. It had 307,990 inhabitants within its town limits by 2009, making it the largest urban centre in the Kenyan mid-west with Eldoret in Uasin Gishu following closely behind. Nakuru lies about 1,850 m above sea level.

Kenya Cup

The Kenya Cup is the top tier club rugby union competition in Kenya organized by the Kenya Rugby Union. For the 2017-2018 season, twelve teams competed in a one off format, breaking away from the traditional home and away format, with the top six qualifying for a knock-out tournament to determine the overall winner. Games are played on Saturday afternoons usually preceded by corresponding fixtures in the Eric Shirley Shield.

The Eric Shirley Shield is a rugby union tournament in the Kenyan domestic league. It was founded in 1962 as a second tier competition to the Nairobi District Championship

Nakuru Rugby Football Club is the most successful club out of Nairobi and one of the upcountry rugby teams that participates in Kenya Cup (the league) alongside Kisumu, Eldoret, Western Bulls, Kabras and Mombasa. In addition to the senior team, Nakuru RFC has a second team 'Nakuru II which participates in the Eric Shirley Shield. The club also runs a mini rugby program, a development women’s team, and a scholarship program for talented underprivileged players. The management committee consists of the chairman and a nine-man sitting committee who run the affairs of the club.

The team finished second in the 2012 Kenya Cup (Premier Rugby League in Kenya) before being crowned champions in 2013. In 2014, the team is in the hunt for double honours yet again, qualifying for the finals of both the Kenya Cup, and Enterprise Cup.

The Team also boast of an elaborate youth development system, with Under 12, Under 14 and Under 16 sides.

Nakuru Rugby Football Club is host to the two international tournaments in the Kenya Rugby Union Calendar: The Great Rift 10-A-Side and The Prinsloo Sevens (named after a late supporter and member) part of the National Sevens Circuit.

In 2008, the club won its first major trophy for decades after winning the Enterprise Cup (the national cup competition). [1] The club also won the Enterprise Cup in 1948, 1958, 1960, 1962 and 1963. [2]

Enterprise Cup

The Enterprise Cup is an annual rugby union competition in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda, though the competition frequently has the appearance of being an all-Kenyan affair as the majority of rugby clubs in the African Great Lakes region are based in this one country and frequently clubs in Tanzania and Uganda are unable to take part due to financial constraints. The original cup was donated by sailors from HMS Enterprise, who had toured British East Africa in 1928. The only years in which the competition has not been played is between 1940–1946 due to World War II and in 1987 because an international rugby competition was held on RFUEA Ground as part of the All Africa Games.

Nakuru Rugby Football Club are joint winners of their own Great Rift 10-A-Side Tournament 2011 edition with Strathmore Leos. This came after a long dry spell of trophies in the 10-A-Side version of the game.

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References

  1. The Standard, September 28, 2008: Enterprising Nakuru grabs silver [ dead link ]
  2. Daily Nation, October 6, 2003: Impala share Enterprise Cup with Quins Archived 2004-03-09 at the Wayback Machine .