Rugby union backs beleagured sevens team
13 February 2014, 12:41
Nairobi - The Kenya Rugby Union has challenged the
national rugby sevens team to step up its game for remaining legs of
the 2013/14 HSBC World Sevens Series to maintain last season’s overall
The chairman of the Kenya Rugby Union
(KRU) Mwangi Muthee called on the team to respect and ‘declare war’
against all teams in the series and not just the top ones, if the
country is to achieve its goal of becoming a great rugby playing
“We have already set on a journey to the
2016 Olympic Games in Brazil and we must permanently take our high
performance very seriously.Clearly, so far, we have not lived to the
expectations of our sponsors who have invested so much in us so that we
can be the best we can be. We must commit ourselves and guarantee them
that we shall pull up our socks and clean up our act for the remaining
half of the World Series,” MrMuthee added.
The KRU chairman was speaking at the Ole
Sereni Hotel on Monday during a welcome breakfast for the team that was
hosted by Kenya Airways, its official sponsors. The team was returning
from the fourth and fifth legs of the HSBC World Sevens Series in Las
Vegas in the US and Wellington in New Zealand.
Kenya Airways CEO Dr. Titus Naikuni also
graced the breakfast where he reiterated Kenya Airways’ support to the
team and pledged to continue supporting KRU in its agenda of developing
the sport in Kenya, saying, " the KRU is a model sports organization in
Kenya and the professional manner in which they conduct their activities
makes it easy for Kenya Airways to engage with them."
Sports Secretary Japheth Mwania was also
in attendance and heaped praise on the team, saying, " You continue to
make us proud everytime you go out there to represent the country and we
know that it will just be a matter of time before you are firing on all
Gordon Oluoch, the Commissioner for
Sports observed that rugby is the number one team sport in the country,
saying, " Your performances have no doubt captured the hearts and minds
of the nation, inspiring many young people to participate in the game
through playing or cheering and observing the performances of the team.
Keep it up and rest assured that greater things are coming your way."
Kenya reached the bowl final at the USA
Sevens in Las Vegas, losing 35-0 to Fiji in the final. They would win
the bowl final at the Wellington Sevens in New Zealand, beating Scotland
24-14 to lift their first piece of silverware since lifting the plate
at the 2012 USA Sevens. They currently sit at the eighth position with
47 points, behind New Zealand, South Africa, Fiji, England, Australia
Samoa and Argentina respectively.During the Wellington Sevens, the
Kenyan team lifted the Bowl.
There are four more legs remaining in the 2013/14 HSBC World Sevens Series – Japan, Hong Kong, Scotland and England.
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