Looking for a London7s spur, Shujaa get Wanyama


The national rugby sevens team Sujaa pose for a photo with Tottenham Hotspur's Kenyan midfielder ...
The national rugby sevens team Sujaa pose for a photo with Tottenham Hotspur's Kenyan midfielder Victor Wanyama (PHOTO/KRU/Victor Wanyama twitter)

Struggling for form and inspiration ahead of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series season finale in London, who better else to uplift the sevens national team than a Kenyan that is winning games and making headlines at the English capital.

Harambee Stars captain Victor Wanyama who is enjoying a standout campaign with Tottenham Hotspur paid his compatriots a courtesy call on the eve of their Pool A opener with series champions South Africa.

The Shujaa tackle the Blitzboks at 1:20pm local time (+3GMT) before taking on USA at 4:04pm and rounding off their group phase fixtures against Wales at 7:10pm.

An excited Wanyama who has been at the heart of a memorable season for Spurs shared group photos from his session with the Shujaa across his social media pages, rousing them on for the task ahead.

“Paid a courtesy call to the Kenya 7s Rugby Team today and wished them luck ahead of the #London7s #comeonshujaa” Wanyama wrote.

Wanyama has rose to become one of the most coveted midfielder in England following a string of consistently eye-catching performances for his North London club.

He has started a whopping 34 Premier League games in 37 – behind only Christian Eriksen (35) – highlighting his vital role for Mauricio Pochettino’s side that will record highest finish since 1963.

The 25-year-old recently etched his name in his club’s history books when he scored one of their last goals at the White Hart Lane. He scored a thumping header against European giants Manchester United as the Spurs signed off with a 2-1 win over the record titleholders.

He will hope his own performances and indeed that of his team spur the Shujaa into achieving such great heights.

All eyes will be on London but over the past few tournaments there has been a bigger picture forming with qualification for Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018 now well underway.

The tournament, set to take place in San Francisco on 20-22 July next year, will feature both men’s and women’s teams and be played at the impressive AT&T Park, home of the major league baseball side the San Francisco Giants. It will be the seventh edition of the tournament, which was last held in Russia back in 2013 and won by New Zealand.

Twenty-four men’s teams will compete in San Francisco. The top eight from 2013 (South Africa, Fiji, New Zealand, Wales, England, Australia, Kenya and France) qualified automatically, while USA secured their spot at the tournament as hosts.

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