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Kenya names 12-man rugby squad

24 June 2013, 18:03 Kimathi Kamau

Nairobi - Kenya on Monday unveiled their final 12-man squad to compete at the Rugby World Cup Sevens in Moscow this weekend.

Head coach Mike Friday and the Kenya Rugby Union (KRU) chairman Mwangi Muthee said in Nairobi that the team was set to contest for the main prize after finishing fourth in Dubai four years ago.

Five survivors from that team that lost to Argentina in the semifinals made the Moscow team led by record try scorer Humphrey Kayange, his younger sibling Collins Injera, Lavin Asego, Biko Adema and Horace Otieno who will give the team the experience muscle it requires.

Andrew Amonde captains the squad which has 10 survivors from the last two legs of the HSBC World Series in Glasgow and London that also included the 2012/2013 IRB Sevens World Player of the Year nominee William Ambaka and Oscar Ouma, two of Kenya's stand out players during the just concluded season.

"Our men are raring to go. They are well prepared for the challenge that awaits them. We all know what they are capable of, not least, being able to go all the way and lift the Rugby World Cup Sevens trophy.

"I urge the team to play with all their might and pride, be exemplary ambassadors of our country as they are watched by millions across the globe and make every Kenyan parent want his or her child to be associated with our game," Muthee remarked when he rolled out the squad at KRU headquarters in Nairobi.

"The team will play against remarkably well paid professional players in the rest of the world and as they stand toe-to-toe with these professionals, you will realize how talented but down-to-earth our Kenyan boys are," the Union boss added.

The team will depart from their ten-day training camp in London tomorrow for Moscow where they face titans Samoa, the Philippines and fellow Africans, Zimbabwe.

They will open their charge against the dark horses the Philippines on Friday at 2:22pm local time (+3GMT) before tackling Zimbabwe from 8:22am (+3GMT) and Samoa 2:14pm (+3GMT) on Saturday to round off their pool commitments.

Kenya squad: Andrew Amonde (captain), Collins Injera (vice captain), Humphrey Kayange, Lavin Asego, Biko Adema, Horace Otieno, Patrice Agunda, William Ambaka, Felix Ayange, Michael Wanjala, Eden Agero and Oscar Ouma

Management: Mike Friday (Head Coach), Felix Ochieng (Assistant Coach), Steven Sewe (Strength and Conditioning Coach), George Odhiambo (Physiotherapist).

- Xinhua

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