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Injury rules Amonde out of World sevens series season

21 April 2014, 19:09

Nairobi - Kenya Sevens captain Andrew Amonde has that he will miss the final run in of the International Rugby Board (IRB) World Series in Glasgow, Scotland and London, England after picking up an arm injury.

The news will come as a blow to Kenya Sevens team coach Paul Treu, who is struggling to string together a series of good results in the series, which enters the final two legs in May.

"I have had a bad season. I am disappointed to have suffered an injury. Though it is part of the game. I am responding well to treatment and I will not rush back into action," said Amonde.

"It's sad that I won't participate in the upcoming club and national team assignments, but I wish them all the best. I think this is an opportunity for other players to step up and prove their prowess. We have enough potential to fill the void and take the game to our rivals."

Amonde, who picked up the injury during the Hong Kong series, will focus on his rehabilitation and give out inspiration talk to the team.

However, if his injury responds well to treatment and he potentially recovers in time, Amonde will be considered for the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in July.

The IRB has now confirmed the pools and match schedule for round eight of the Sevens World Series, the Emirates Airline Glasgow Sevens on May 3-4.

The draw was made just before the final at round seven in Hong Kong, where New Zealand overcame England to capture their third Cup title of the current season.

Included in the draw for Glasgow - and London - are Japan, who won through the tough 12-team qualifier competition in Hong Kong to win promotion as a core team on next season's Sevens World Series 2014/15.

Kenya is pooled in Group C, which also has giants Fiji and Wales alongside Argentina. Australia will face U.S., tournament hosts Scotland and Spain in Pool D.

As the Hong Kong champions, New Zealand will start in Pool A in Glasgow and face a mouth-watering tie with closest Series rivals South Africa, as well as Samoa and Portugal.

As the Hong Kong runners-up England head Pool B and will play matches on day one in Glasgow against Canada, France and newly- promoted Japan.

Amonde's local club coach Ronney Kangetta said the forward's injury is a big blow to his team's campaign in the season.

"As defending champions Amonde's injury is a very hard blow to us. He broke his right arm during the Hong Kong series and will be out for at least six weeks," said Kangetta.

Amonde returned to captain Kenya team during the Tokyo and Hong Kong rounds after missing out on Las Vegas and Wellington legs through knee injury.

- Xinhua

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