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Treu confident ahead of Gold Coast Sevens

08 October 2014, 16:18

Nairobi - Kenya National Sevens team Coach Paul Treu has backed his players to perform at the upcoming Gold Coast Sevens tournament, taking place from 11th - 12th October.

Treu will debut a new-look team much different to the one that contested the final leg of last season's Sevens circuit, following the contract disputes between the Kenya Rugby Union and a number of key players which have led to an impasse, keeping the players on the sidelines for the time being.

Treu said he was confident that the new players in the team, who were all eager to represent their country, would stand up to the test.

“Our main focus when playing in the Safaricom Sevens was the Gold Coast Sevens. It has been a big journey for the side since we started training and I must say that we have learned quite a lot and we are taking every opportunity to get better,” he said.

Read also: Kuto ruled out of Gold Coast Sevens

“The players are eager to wear the Kenyan jersey and to do the country proud and it is our role as the technical bench to do everything in our power to help them achieve that.

“One area that is of critical importance is the Lineouts, when you look at some of the top teams like South Africa, New Zealand and Fiji, they do not play in their own half and prefer to kick the ball out and and contest back possession from the lineout.

“I think we have the height to win our own ball with the likes of Oliver Mangeni who is good enough to compete against the best in the world,” he added.

Kenya will play their first match of the tournament against American Somoa, after which they take on Wales before wrapping up their pool matches by facing African rivals South Africa.

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