Thirteen up for debut as Simbas squad named


The national rugby 15s team Simbas in a past match. (PHOTO/KRU/COURTESY)
The national rugby 15s team Simbas in a past match. (PHOTO/KRU/COURTESY)

Thirteen players are in line for their full test debuts as the Simbas technical bench led by Head Coach Jerome Paarwater named a 36 man squad for this year’s international assignments.

The  thirteen are George Asin, Leo Seje, James Kubasu, Bramwell Mayaka, Elkeans Musonye, Alex Olaba, Oscar Simiyu, Philip Ikambili, Brad Owako, George Nyambua, Peter Kilonzo as well as Steve Otieno and Benjamin Marshall who were part of the Kenya U20 squad that finished second at last week’s Africa U20 championships in Madagascar.

“While qualification for 2019 remains a key priority for us, we are looking beyond that by blooding in younger players, including those from the U20s,”said Team Manager Wangila Simiyu who also indicated that Wilson Kopondo is very likely to return to the captaincy.

There are also late call ups for Oliver Mang’eni, Jacob Ojee, Kenny Andola and Ronnie Mwenesi while injury forces Humphrey Kayange out of the squad.  Nato Simiyu, Nick Barasa, Antony Orege, McLanhan Sikuku, Roxy Suchi and Edwin Achayo do not make the final squad.

Simbas 2017 squad

Forwards: Moses Amusala (KCB), George Asin (KCB), Dennis Karani (Resolution Impala Saracens), Wilson Kopondo (SportPesa Quins), Simon Muniafu (Resolution Impala Saracens), Davis Chenge (KCB), Eric Kerre (Resolution Impala Saracens), Edwin Machanje (Mwamba), James Kubasu (Resolution Impala Saracens), Peter Karia (KCB), Bramwell Mayaka (Menengai Cream Homeboyz),Philip Ikambili (Menengai Cream Homeboyz),Oscar Simiyu (KCB),George Nyambua(Kabras Sugar),Ronnie Mwenesi (Nondescripts),  Emmanuel Mavala (Menengai Cream Homeboyz), Oliver Mang’eni (KCB), Elkeans Musonye (Strathmore Leos), Martin Owila (KCB), Steve Otieno (Menengai Cream Homeboyz).

 

Backs: Samson Onsomu (Resolution Impala Saracens), Biko Adema (Nondescripts), Dennis Muhanji (SportPesa Quins), Patrice Agunda (SportPesa Quins), Leo Seje (Resolution Impala Saracens), Darwin Mukidza (KCB), Tony Onyango (Menengai Cream Homeboyz), Kelvin Masai (Menengai Cream Homeboyz), Isaac Adimo (SportPesa Quins), Jacob Ojee (KCB), Brad Owako (Mwamba), David Ambunya (SportPesa Quins), Alex Olaba (Strathmore Leos),Kenny Andola (KCB), Benjamin Marshall (Nondescripts), Peter Kilonzo (KCB)

-Report by kru.co.ke

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