Speedster Injera, Odhiambo return as Simiyu names squad


Kenya's Collins Injera carries the ball during the USA Sevens Rugby tournament at Sam Boyd ...
(FILE)Kenya's Collins Injera carries the ball during the USA Sevens Rugby tournament at Sam Boyd Stadium on March 5, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Isaac Brekken/Getty Images/AFP Isaac Brekken / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP

In Summary

  • Speedster Collins Injera and powerhouse Billy Odhiambo have eased Shujaas injury concerns after the duo was declared fit ahead of the Las Vegas and Vancouver Sevens.
  • Injera is making a return after sustaining a hamstring injury in the Dubai Sevens while Billy will be making his first appearance of the season after missing the first four legs.
  • Shujaa will battle it out with Russia, France and Fiji in pool ‘A’ of the Las Vegas 7s.

Speedster Collins Injera and powerhouse Billy Odhiambo have eased Shujaas injury concerns after the duo was declared fit ahead of the Las Vegas and Vancouver Sevens.

Injera is making a return after sustaining a hamstring injury in the Dubai Sevens while Billy will be making his first appearance of the season after missing the first four legs.

With the duo’s return to training, coach Innocent Simiyu will have a lot of options to choose from ahead of the upcoming circuits including the fifth round, the Las Vegas tour.

At the same time, Simiyu has dropped Augustine Lugonzo from the 13- man squad he named on Wednesday morning for the upcoming Las Vegas and Vancouver Sevens.

Others in the squad are skipper Oscar “Big Wheels” Ouma, the burly Andrew Amonde, sensation Willy Ambaka, Dan Sikuta, Arthur Owira, Eden Agero, Sammy Oliech, Jeff Oluoch, Nelson Oyoo, Eric Ombasa and Sam Muregi.

The Las Vegas 7s take a place March 2-4 while the Vancouver 7s will run from March 10-11.

Billy Odhiambo of Kenya takes on the Russia defence at the HSBC Sydney Sevens, 05 February, 2017, round four of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series. Photo credit: Michael Lee @ KLC fotos for World Rugby
Billy Odhiambo of Kenya takes on the Russia defence at the HSBC Sydney Sevens, 05 February, 2017, round four of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series. Photo credit: Michael Lee @ KLC fotos for World Rugby

Shujaa are already without the injured Oscar Ayodi of Menengai Homeboyz and his teammate Augustine Lugonzo who has since been dropped from the travelling party.

The Innocent Simiyu charges will be buoyed by the return of the Mwamba duo as the boys look to add to the already accumulated 35 points.

In the first three legs; the Cape Town, Sydney and Hamilton 7s,  Shujaa managed to amass 35 points and are placed at position eight in the 17-team log.Kenya collected 10 points in Dubai, three in Cape Town, 10 points in Sydney and 12 in Hamilton.

Shujaa will battle it out with Russia, France and Fiji in pool ‘A’ of the Las Vegas 7s.

Injera will be looking forward to adding to his already 246 tries scored placing him at position two in the HSBC Sevens Series all-time scorers behind England’s Dan Norton who has 272 tries.

Teams participating in the two legs will be keen on improving their style of play and their points tally having in mind the sevens World Cup, which will take place in the USA from July 20-22

Full Squad

Oscar “Big Wheels” Ouma-Top Fry Nakuru

Andrew Amonde-KCB

Willy Ambaka-Harlequins

Dan Sikuta-Kabras Sugar

Arthur Owira-KCB

Eden Agero-Harlequins

Sammy Oliech- Impala Saracens

Jeff Oluoch-Menengai Cream Homeboyz

Nelson Oyoo-Top Fry Nakuru

Eric Ombasa –Menengai Oilers

Sam Muregi-Menengai Oilers

 

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