Shujaa retreat to Nanyuki for high performance training
The Kenya rugby sevens team “Shujaa” have embarked on a 10-day high altitude training in Nanyuki.
The aim of retreating to the tranquil Nanyuki is to prepare adequately for the opening rounds of the 2017/18 HSBC Sevens World Series in Dubai and Cape Town.
The Innocent Simiyu coached team is expected to participate in the Safland Sevens in Namibia from November 11-12, though their confirmation is still clouded in doubt.
The team pulled out of the Assupol Sevens tournament that was scheduled to be held in South Africa, due to visa hitch .
These two tournaments were to form part of Kenya’s preparations for its forthcoming assignments before a final squad selection.
A provisional squad of 43 players are currently in camp though it will be whittled down by coach Simiyu ahead of the opening round of the HSBC Sevens World Series in Dubai.
Simiyu in a post on the Kenya Rugby Union Facebook page said that the high performance camp would help the team raise their intensity as well as help him out in testing various formations with different players and strategies ahead of the Dubai and Cape Town assignments.
The final squad is expected to be a blend of experienced and new players selected from the just concluded National Sevens Circuit, with powerhouse Ambaka, speedster Injera expected to make it in the final squad.
The team will this season battle it out with other heavyweights in a busy schedule that will see them participate in the World Cup, Commonwealth Games, as well as the World Sevens Series.
Kenya will play Series defending champions South Africa, Singapore 7s champions Canada, and fast rising neighbou r’s Uganda.
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