National dialogue on Kenya 7s playing style is needed, Simiyu says

The Kenya rugby sevens team head coach Innocent Simiyu has said there is need for a national conversation in establishing the system of play for Shujaa a head of HSBC World 7s Series.

Kenya was eliminated at the group stage of the just concluded Tokyo Olympics without winning a match and Simiyu believes a dialogue is necessary to help the team bounce back from a disappointing show in Japan.

“Between the last Olympics in Rio and what happened in Japan we have had like four coaches.We need to sit down as a fraternity and discuss what would be the best playing style for Kenya and also look for the players who would fit into that pattern or develop the existing crop of players to match the established system” he told KBC’s Sports Check

Kenya 7s finished ninth at the Summer games beating Ireland 22-0 in the ninth playoff played at Tokyo Stadium.It was a slight improvement from 2016 where Kenya finished 11th.

Shujaa will not have time to rest upon the completion of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games with the World Sevens Series set to resume in September.

They will first head to Canada for the Vancouver and Edmonton Sevens tournaments slated for September 18-19 and September 25-26 respectively.

They will take a three-week break before heading to Singapore (October 29-30) and Hong Kong (November 5-7).

The team will tour Dubai on December 3-4 with the Cape Town leg the final stop on December 10-12.

Simiyu said the squad will have to be energised for the six gruelling tournaments in four months after the schedule was disrupted last year by the Covid-19 pandemic

“It’s a tall order but after getting done with the Olympics, we are taking the rest and then focus on the series. The boys have been crying out to play in these tournaments and we are happy that we going to get some matches under our belts,” added Simiyu.

Kenya started the Olympics campaign with a 19-14 loss to USA before going down 14-5 to South Africa and 12-7 to Ireland.


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