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Women's rugby to receive boost at Safaricom Sevens

24 September 2014, 12:01

Nairobi - The Safaricom Sevens will again take responsibility for the development of rugby in the country and will this year pay special attention to women's rugby.

As part of their goal to further expand the game, the Kenya Rugby Union announced on Tuesday that an Under-19 girls tournament would be organised as part of the main festivities.

The objective is to create a better feeder system for the senior women's team.

To this end KRU Training and Development co-ordinator Malik Ndemi, indicated that all aspects of player development would be addressed.

"The introduction of this category is a first step geared towards talent identification for induction into the high performance set up, targeting selection for the national squad," Ndemi said in a statement.

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"We intend to have this competition annually as we look to grow the women‘s game and grow the player base."

The inaugural competition will feature eight teams namely Rift Valley, Western, Nyanza, Central, Precious Blood, Maono, Arise and a Uganda select side.

This initiative received a further boost as the KRU realised they would have to start at the bottom after the national team failed to qualify for International Rugby Board Women‘s sevens circuit at a recent tournament in Hong Kong.

Fatigue, inexperience and poor facilities in preparation for the games, were some of the excuses used by the women's team.

The Under- 19 girls competition will be played alongside the Under-19 boys competition which has been a regular fixture in the tournament.

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