By Richard Munga
The Impala Saracens Rugby Academy program Wednesday got a major shot in the arm after receiving Ksh 18.7 million from Standard Chartered Bank to assist the academy over the next three years to identify and nurture talent among the youth in the country.
The Impala Academy has partnered with nine primary schools for the Under 14 programme and eight community high schools for the Under 16, with over 2000 children benefiting.
Meanwhile, the Impala senior side will face champions KCB in the final of the 2016 Impala Floodlit Tournament this Saturday at the Impala Club, after registering wins in their semifinal fixtures last weekend against Kenya Harlequins and Top Fry Nakuru, respectively.
In the plate finals, Strathmore Leos will take on Homeboyz RFC in an earlier encounter.
Elsewhere, Kenya will get the 2016/2017 HSBC Sevens World Series campaign underway against France on the 2nd of December in the Dubai Sevens season opener. Kenya will then take on Japan before completing their Pool ‘D’ fixtures against Australia.
Olympic Gold Medal winners and 2015-2016 series defending series champions, Fiji will begin their title defence against Canada.
Fiji are favourites despite the departure of Ben Ryan, and will play Wales and Argentina in the other pool ‘A’ matches.
South Africa, who finished second last season, kick off the season against Uganda, who are an invitational side, before taking on last season’s London Champions, Scotland and the USA.