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
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.