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Safaricom sevens attracts international legends

11 September 2014, 18:58

Nairobi - Sevens Rugby of international quality will again return to the Kasarani Stadium, after no less than 19 confirmed their participation in the Safaricom Safari Rugby Sevens competition which will take place between September 26 and 28.

The teams expected in action in the men's category include Samurai Invitational (mainly Fiji's international stars), Australia Icons (Australia), Samoa, Welsh Warriors (Great Britain), Spain, Auckland Metro (New Zealand), Argentina and Western Province Union (South Africa).

Others teams who will make the journey to Kenya include Germany, The Sharks (South Africa), Uganda, England Students (Great Britain), Canada, Wailers (Great Britain), Russia, Stade de France (France) Germany, Kenya 'Shujaa' , Zimbabwe and Kenya 'Morans.'

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Other highlights of the tournament includes the attendance of International Rugby Board (IRB) President Bernard Lapasset and Confederation of African Rugby President Abdelaziz Bougja while there will be a women's demonstration tournament where Kenya's Lionesses, who are currently contesting for a place in the IRB Women's World Series, will be in action.

Other sides expected to be in action at the three-day event include a national select sides, Kenya Warriors and Chicago Sirens from the USA.

Kenya Rugby Union chairman Mwangi Muthee urged the rugby developed world to show support for Kenya's Safaricom Sevens in order to inspire others, especially in Africa where there is a boom for love of rugby.

"In spite of all handicaps, we would like well-wishers around the world to support us – and the rest of Africa because sport is for the youth of the world and they must be encouraged and supported to play it against all adversity, war, poverty, disease," said Muthee.

 "Sport means peace, friendship, building of bonds for life, self-expression and self determination, it breaks down inhibiting borders and it is the only alternative to war and if you don't want war you must have sport," added Muthee, who assured all participants of tight security during the three-day event.


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