KRU issue new date for Sevens Circuit


Kenya Sevens players converge after their Africa Cup Sevens semi-finals match against Uganda at the ...
Kenya Sevens players converge after their Africa Cup Sevens semi-finals match against Uganda at the Safaricom Stadium Kasarani on September 24, 2016. Uganda won 17-12 to reach the finals. Photo/Sportpicha.

The Kenya Rugby Union has changed dates for the National Sevens Circuit which was to be held at the Mamboleo Showground in Kisumu.

The event was initially scheduled to take place on October 7-8, but has now been moved pushed to October 21-22.

According to the Kenya Rugby Union Head of Communications, Michael Kwambo, the change of dates has been necessitated by the need to give players adequate rest, ahead of the Safari Sevens, which are expected to take place shortly after the elections.

“The election period offers a perfect opportunity for players to take a rest since they would have played four tournaments in a row, which is not healthy for our players,” Kwambo said.

The break will also serve as an opportunity for teams to recharge and familiarize with the new format rules as outlined in the National Sevens Circuit manual.

Gramwel Bunyasi (L) and Nelson Oyoo of Kenya Shujaa in action Cape Warriors during their Safari Sevens group stage match at the Safaricom Stadium Kasarani on September 24, 2016. Kenya Shujaa won 38-07. Photo/Sportpicha.
Gramwel Bunyasi (L) and Nelson Oyoo of Kenya Shujaa in action Cape Warriors during their Safari Sevens group stage match at the Safaricom Stadium Kasarani on September 24, 2016. Kenya Shujaa won 38-07. Photo/Sportpicha.

According to the new rules, teams will now be required to have a total of 13 players as opposed to 16 in the old format.

Meanwhile, the inaugural Sepetuka Sevens will be held this weekend at the Eldoret Sports Club.

Leaders and defending champions Homeboyz will host the tournament.

National Sevens Circuit amended dates
Round 4: Sepetuka Sevens, 30th September/1st October, Eldoret
Round 5: Christie Sevens, 14th/15th October, Nairobi
Round 6: Dala Sevens, 21st/22nd October, Kisumu.

BY EDWIN MBARE

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