Three players to debut at Hong Kong friendly

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Three players will make their debut Sunday after being named in the starting line- up of the national rugby 15’s team that will play Hong Kong in an international friendly at RFUEA Grounds, Nairobi.

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Benjamin Marshall Steve Otieno and Emmanuel Mavala are lined up to earn their first international experience after being named in the starting lineup of Head coach Jerome Paarwater’s side.

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Simba’s forwards coach Dominic Habimana believes this will give the new faces an opportunity to claim a spot in the regular line-up.

The three are part of the 7 first timers included in the largely changed squad that will face a similar Hong Kong side ranked a place above Kenya in the 24th position.

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Kenya defeated Hong Kong in their last test match last year and Captain George Nyambua is  optimistic that they can still repeat the feat against a physically nous  opposition.

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Kenya and Hong Kong, will face each other again in the second Test next Saturday, Aug. 26, at the same venue before Simba’s travel to Hong Kong in November for a four-nation Test Series which they will use to prepare for the 2019 world cup qualifiers.

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A win in both test matches will positively push Kenya up the world rankings.

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