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Titans Clash In The City of Cool Waters

One of the most mouth-watering, sold out fixtures in recent days has to be between the KCB Lions and Kabras Rugby Sugarmen. We first got an taste of the rivalry that has developed over the years when Kabras gained promotion to the Kenya Cup in 2014. They faced KCB at the den with a beefed up squad and the duel ended 10-13 in favour of KCB, who were the more established of the two sides. This would go to be the case, with Kabras making the finals in the 2014/15 season and loosing to KCB. This wouldn't however dampen the mood in the sugar millers as they marched into the 2016 season rampaging through core Kenya Cup sides and booking a ticket in the final to face Impala Saracens who had eliminated KCB. Kabras, in what was their fashion that season, enjoyed the rainy match in the capital city, winning their maiden Kenya Cup title. Fast forward, Kabras have won the Kenya Cup thrice, beating Menengai Oilers and most recently KCB. With the Enterprise Cup finals in town, Kabras will want t

Simba's to The World. Kenyan Internationals debuting for International Club sides

image courtesy of KRU  It is no secret that Kenya churns out tremendous amounts of rugby talent for the shorter and longer versions of the game. Gems in the form of Kenya Sevens contigent of, Kevin Wekesa, Edmund Anya, Brian Tanga and Alvin Otieno have been tearing it up with the big boys on the HSBC World Rugby 7s Series. On the longer version, Several experienced heads from the simbas got a chance to run out and represent East Africa in the Hong Kong International 10s tournament. Likewise Simba's utility forward Thomas Okeyo Ongera is lined up to make his Currie Cup Premier Division debut for the Griffons this coming Sunday when they host defending champions Pumas in Welkom. Okeyo debuted for the Simbas in 2021, and previously turned out for former Kenya Cup champions Wanyore (Nakuru RC) and South African Varsity Cup side University of Johannesburg. He has become a key cog in the Simbas forward pack over the past three years, most recently featuring at the RWC 2023 Final Qu

How Shujaa can escape HSBC World Series Relegation.

image courtesy of Shujaa With only two legs left in the 2023 HSBC World Sevens Series, Shujaa sit 13th on the log with 37 points. If things are to stay as they are, new regulations will see Shujaa take part in a relegation playoff tournament that will decide the last of the 12 core sides of the Series going forward. Shujaa are 12points from 11th position and only 11 points behind 12 placed Spain. This is now a race against time to amerce points in the last two legs to guarantee survival. The winner of any leg in the HSBC Series gets 22points with the runner up getting 19, 3rd place gets 17, 4th place gets 15, 5th place gets 12 points and 6th gets 10. For Shujaa to survive they will need to finish 5th or higher in the last two legs to guarantee them maximum points accumulated and thus escape the relegation zone. With the pools for Toulouse leg announce after the completion of the Singapore set piece, It is down to the boys to put in the work and get themselves in main c

KRU Elections Done. What Do We Expect?

With the KRU Elections done and dusted, a new dawn sets on the Kenya Rugby Union under the stewardship of Sasha Mutai, who assumes the Chairmanship of the Kenya Rugby Union Board. As the Rugby fraternity, we participated in the elections through our various club delegates who voted in the new team. This is what we want from them. It will be important to build on our national team and qualify for the RWC for both men and women teams. This has been an elusive dream for our nation but we can learn and craft our way to the worldwide setpiece event in 2027 having missed out on three world cups following heartbreaking losses to Madagascar 2014, Namibia 2018, and Namibia 2022. We want our sport to go pro. This can only be achieved by bringing corporates on-board. If we invest in our facilities amd personnel, rugby will be the number one sport in Kenya. We have the capacity to achieve this. Age grade rugby systems must be defined and proper coaching to be done to ensure that the ta

The 2022/23 Kenya Cup Concludes.

What a season this has been! Electrifying! Entertaining! and fan centric are the words I can find to define the 2022_23 Rugby season in Kenya as Champions Kabras cruised through the season undefeated.  The Kenya cup lived up to its billing by providing mouth-watering fixtures week in week out. The results of the final show it all. A closely contested league title between the big two clubs in the country at the moment.  The league was even tighter in the relegation fight as more that 6 teams were either tied on points or were a point from each other in the relegation zone. To guarantee yourself survival in the Kenya cup, a team has to gunner upwards of 15 points. This seems an easy fete however it is quite daunting to achieve. This is the fact as MMUST, and Fellow university students, Mean Machine failed to retain Kenya Cup status, and will take part in next seasons KRU Championship.  Seasoned Kenya Cup survivors Blak Blad made a quick escape from the drop zone by handing la

Match Day Three Fixtures

KENYA CUP   Kenya Cup enters week three with another set of mouth-watering fixtures that will run on Saturday, 10th December 2022 at various venues. Catholic Monks who have thus suffered two consecutive defeats aim at undoing their run of losses as they host fellow Students Mean Machine at Catholic University of East Africa while Kenya Cup Reigning Champions Kabras Sugar Rugby Club welcome Ngong based Kenya Harlequins to the Kakamega Showground.  University side MMUST Rugby Club will tour Nakuru to play table toppers Menengai Oilers as KCB Rugby Club host the deejays, Homeboyz Rugby Club, at "the den" KCB Sports club.   Nakuru RC welcome students, Strathmore Leos, at the Nakuru Athletic Club as Mwamba Rugby Club seek to make it 2 wins as they take on Blak Blad at the Strathmore Grounds.  Kenya Cup Week Three Fixtures: Saturday 10 December 2022 Catholic Monks v Mean Machine | Catholic University of Eastern Africa Kabras Sugar v Kenya Harlequin | Kakamega Showground

Doddie Weir Passes on aged 52

Doddie Weir, a former second-row for Scotland and the British & Irish Lions, died at the age of 52 from complications related to MND, the family announced through Scottish Rugby. A statement from the family reads: "It is with great sadness that we announce the death of our beloved husband and father, Doddie. Doddie was an inspirational force of nature. His unending energy and drive, and his strength of character powered him through his rugby and business careers and, we believe, enabled him to fight the effects of MND (Motor Neurone Disease) for so many years." Rest In Peace Legend.


Nationwide League Week One Collected Results Nationwide Nairobi Universities: MKU Nairobi 26 v Machakos University 20. Cooperative University 20 v MultiMedia University 19. KCA University 5 v Nazarene University 3. Stallions 30 v TUK 3 Clubs Ngong 28 v Comras 0. Swara 28 v Stingers 0. Dagoretti Bulldogs 0 v Makueni 28. Stormers 11 v Masaku 10. Central Region JKUAT 15 v Chuka University 9. Meru 24 v Kenya Prisons 30. Kiambu 28 v Meru University 0. Embu 10 v MKU Thika 12 Rift Valley Kitale 37 v National Youth Service 3 Moi University 71 v Kericho 0. Molo 28 v Kitale Poly 0. Western Citam Kisumu 21 v Rongo University 13. Kisii 50 v Siaya 0. Jaramogi University 13 v Mbale 10. Kibabii University 11 v Shamberere TTI 8. Bungoma 10 v Webuye 14. Vihiga Granites 0 v Boarderacks 28. Coast Mombasa 65 v Taita Taveta 3. TUM 28 v Malindi 0. Kilifi 29 v SC Bucanners 5.

The KRU Championship Match Day 1 Report

Impala's transition to the second tier got off to a bad start when they were defeated by Zetech Oaks in their KRU Championship match day 1 contest at the Impala Club on Saturday, November 26, 2022. On the other hand, Nondescripts, a multiple Kenya Cup champion, had little issues defeating Daystar Falcons 46-13 at home with brutal efficiency. In Ukunda, the South Coast Pirates defeated the USIU Martials 32-24 after a high-scoring match, while Kisumu defeated Shamas 15-11 at the RFUEA Ground. Western Bulls and University of Eldoret Trojans played out a 13-13 stalemate in Kakamega, and Eldoret lost at home against Kabarak University, 6-16. KRU Championship Week One Collected Results Impala 16 v Zetech University 18. Nondescripts 46 v Daystar University 13. South Coast Pirates 32 v USIU 24 . Shamas Rugby Foundation 11 v Kisumu RFC 15 Western Bulls 13 v University Of Eldoret 13. Eldoret RFC 6 v Kabarak University 16

Kenya Cup Match Day 1 Report

Following a decisive victory over relative unknowns Catholic Monks on November 26, 2022, at Kakamega Showground, reigning Kenya Cup champions Kabras Sugar Rugby Club have made a strong start in their title defense. At the Kenyatta University Grounds, Blak Blad ran over Nakuru in the Kenya Cup opener. In a very tough match at Strathmore University, the Strathmore Leos narrowly defeat the MMUST Rugby Club. The Boys from Lurambi and MMUST put up a spirited fight to come back from a 17-0 deficit. At RFUEA Ngong road Grounds, Homeboyz Rugby triumphed over Mwamba in their Kenya Cup match. Menengai Oilers defeated Newbies Mean Machine at Nakuru Showground to open the Kenya Cup season with a bang. KCB Rugby Club defeated Kenya Harlequins comprehensively in their KC opener at KCB Sports Club. Kenya Cup Week One Collected Results Kabras Sugar 40 v Catholic University 13 Menengai Oilers 72 v Mean Machine 6 KCB 38 v Kenya Harlequins 0 Strathmore 23 v Masinde Muliro University 21 Mwamba

Australia hand Wayne Pivac's Wales Another Defeat

Wales suffers another loss in the Autumn Nations Series Round Five Matches thanks to a comeback by Australia. Wales led the Wallabies 20-13 at the half, were it not for the Australians coming back with a strong performance to win. Full-time Scores: Australia 39, Wales 34.

Blitzboks Squad for Dubai 7s

For the Emirates Dubai Sevens competition, the second of the 2022–23 HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series, Springbok Sevens coach Sandile Ngcobo made significant squad adjustments. These included selecting the uncapped pair of Masande Mtshali and Ricardo Duarttee and welcoming back Zain Davids, Muller du Plessis, and James Murphy from injury. For his second competition in Blitzbok colors, Dalvon Blood, who made his debut at the France Sevens in Toulouse in May, is also included. The Springbok Sevens squad for Dubai: Ryan Oosthuizen – 33 tournaments, 165 points (33 tries) Impi Visser – 22 tournaments, 125 points (25 tries) Zain Davids – 33 tournaments, 160 points (32 tries) James Murphy – 10 tournaments, 45 points (9 tries) JC Pretorius – 21 tournaments, 225 points (45 tries) Masande Mtshali – uncapped Siviwe Soyizwapi (captain) – 41 tournaments, 680 points (136 tries) Branco du Preez – 83 tournaments, 1434 points (100 tries, 464 conversions, 1 penalty goal, 1 drop goal) Dewald Human – 19 tou

Carlos Spencer back at The Blues

Carlos Spencer, a former Blues superstar and fan favorite, has returned to his roots as the coach of the Blues women's backs for Super Rugby Aupiki 2023. Spencer, who played 99 times in nine seasons with the club and was a member of the original Blues team in 1996, expressed his "beyond stokedness" to be reunited with the Blues whanau. He has extensive playing and coaching experience, the latter of which includes several stints in South Africa and more recent stops with the Hurricanes in Super Rugby and New Orleans Gold in Major League Rugby in America. “When I was playing, I always liked to bring a bit of innovation and ‘out-the-box’ thinking to the table, Now as a coach I want to encourage and help grow those same traits in our nib Blues wahine.” said Spencer. Spencer stated that it has been enjoyable to observe the influence of the Previous Rugby World Cup and predicted that Super Rugby Aupiki will profit from the Black Ferns' World Cup triumph. “You’ve seen the r

Wallabies Hand Flyhalf Debut against Wales

Ben Donaldson of the NSW Waratahs will make his Wallabies debut at flyhalf against Wales on Saturday in Cardiff. Wallabies team to play Wales at Principality Stadium: James Slipper (c) (126 Tests) Folau Fainga’a (37 Tests) Allan Alaalatoa (63 Tests) Nick Frost (8 Tests) Cadeyrn Neville (7 Tests) Jed Holloway (9 Tests) Fraser McReight (9 Tests) Langi Gleeson (2 Tests) Jake Gordon (19 Tests) Ben Donaldson (1 Test) Mark Nawaqanitawase (2 Tests) Reece Hodge (61 Tests) Len Ikitau (25 Tests) Jordan Petaia (24 Tests) Tom Wright (22 Tests)  Replacements: Lachlan Lonergan (7 Tests) Tom Robertson (30 Tests) Sam Talakai* Ned Hanigan (27 Tests) Pete Samu (32 Tests) Tate McDermott (20 Tests) Noah Lolesio (16 Tests) Jock Campbell (3 Tests)  *denotes uncapped 2022 Spring Tour Fixtures Wallabies 16 defeated Scotland 15, Sunday 30 October at BT Murrayfield, Edinburgh Wallabies 29 defeated by France 30, Sunday 6 November at Stade de France, Paris Wallabies 27 defeated by Italy 28, Saturday 12 November,

England's team to face the Boks at Twickenham

 On Saturday, November 26, England plays the Springboks in their final Autumn Nations Series match at Twickenham Stadium (5.30pm KO). Eddie Jones has selected a 23-man England lineup. At outside center, Manu Tuilagi will make his 50th appearance for England after making his international debut against Wales in August 2011. Inside center Owen Farrell will lead the team once more. England Rugby team to play South Africa: 15. Freddie Steward 14. Tommy Freeman 13. Manu Tuilagi 12. Owen Farrell (C) 11. Jonny May 10. Marcus Smith 9. Jack van Poortvliet 1. Mako Vunipola 2. Jamie George 3. Kyle Sinckler 4. Maro Itoje 5. Jonny Hill 6. Alex Coles  7. Tom Curry 8. Billy Vunipola Replacements: 16. Luke Cowan-Dickie 17. Ellis Genge 18. Will Stuart 19. David Ribbans 20. Sam Simmonds 21. Ben Youngs 22. Henry Slade 23. Jack Nowel

Welsh Team for the Clash against The Wallabies

Wales' senior men's team has been selected by head coach Wayne Pivac to play Australia in the Autumn Nations Series' fourth and final match on November 26 at 3:15 PM GMT. The Welsh Team Comprises: 15. Leigh Halfpenny (Scarlets – 97 caps) 14. Alex Cuthbert (Ospreys – 54 caps) 13. George North (Ospreys – 108 caps) 12. Joe Hawkins (Ospreys – uncapped) 11. Rio Dyer (Dragons – 2 caps) 10. Gareth Anscombe (Ospreys – 34 caps) 9. Tomos Williams (Cardiff Rugby – 39 caps) 1. Gareth Thomas (Ospreys – 16 caps) 2. Ken Owens (Scarlets – 85 caps) 3. Dillon Lewis (Cardiff Rugby – 44 caps) 4. Adam Beard (Ospreys – 40 caps) 5. Alun Wyn Jones (Ospreys – 154 caps) 6. Jac Morgan (Ospreys – 5 caps) 7. Justin Tipuric (Ospreys – 88 caps) captain 8. Taulupe Faletau (Cardiff Rugby – 94 caps) Replacements: 16. Ryan Elias (Scarlets – 32 caps) 17. Rhodri Jones (Dragons – 23 caps) 18. Tomas Francis (Ospreys – 66 caps) 19. Ben Carter (Dragons – 8 caps) 20. Josh Macleod (Scarlets – 1 cap) 21. Kieran Hardy

Uganda Cranes Dubai 7s Squad Announcement

Tolbert Onyango, the head coach of Uganda's sevens squad, has announced the members of his team for the sevens tournaments in Cape Town and Dubai. The team for the competitions on December 2-3 and December 9-11 was unveiled on Friday morning. Players like Mubarak Wandera of the Pirates and Denis Etwau, Jacob Ochen, Timothy Mugisha, and Twafik Bagalana, who helped the Hippos win the National Sevens, will compete in their first international sevens competition. The team consists of Desire Ayera, Michael Wokorach, Aaron Ofoyrwoth, Adrian Kasito, and Ian Munyani. The group is completed by KOBs finisher Karim Arinaitwe, forward Alex Aturinda, and Pirates flyhalf William Nkore. Philip Wokorach is the most prominent omission. Uganda is in Pool C at the Dubai Sevens together with third-seeds France, Ireland, and Spain. On Friday, December 2, Uganda will play France at 9:28 a.m. (EAT), Ireland at 1:36 p.m., and Spain at 6:07 p.m. in their last Pool encounter. Uganda Sevens Team to Dubai Sev

Lionesses Squad for Dubai

Dennis Mwanja, the head coach of the Kenya Lionesses, has selected the team that will compete in the women's division of the Dubai Sevens International Invitational Women’s Category, which will take place from December 1–3. The team is grouped alongside Tunisia, South Africa and France Women Development. Lionesses squad to Dubai:  1.Judith Akumu (captain),  2.Grace Okulu,  3.Terry Ayesa,  4.Sinaida Mokaya 5. Phoebe Akinyi,  6.Sharon Auma, 7. Naomi Amuguni, 8. Leah Wambui,  9.Jean Bisela,  10.Diana Kemunto,  11.Christabel Lindo,  12.Ann Goretti

The KRU Championship Returns

Six games will be played this weekend, on November 26th, when the KRU Championship gets underway. While Kisumu RFC hosts Shamas Rugby Foundation at Mamboleo Stadium in Kisumu, Eldoret RFC will take on Kabarak University. Western Bulls will play the UOE Trojans in the third match, while South Coast Pirates will take on USIU. Daystar Falcons will play Nondies Rugby in another match, while Zetech Oaks will welcome Resolution Impala to the KRU Championship division. Week One KRU Championship Fixtures: Eldoret RFC vs Kabarak University Kisumu RFC vs Shamas Rugby Foundation Western Bulls vs UOE Trojans South Coast Pirates vs USIU Zetech Oaks vs Resolution Impala Daystar Falcons vs Nondies Rugby

Lurambi Boys In The City for Leos Clash

The Kenya Cup opening between MMUST Rugby Club and Strathmore Leos is scheduled on Saturday, November 26, 2022, at Strathmore University. The head coach of the club has selected his 23-man squad. MMUST Team to play Strathmore Leos: 1. Javan Orlando 2. Mark Olouch 3. Collins Ngoko 4. William Muhanji 5. Nelson Makokha. 6. Jada Abdon. 7. Calvin Wabuyele 8. Reinhard Ngaira 9. Veron Kaburu. 10. Eric Cantona 11. Griffin Chao 12. Nobert Lumbwani. 13. Timothy Mmasi 14. John Bahati 15. Isiah Mulongo. Replacements: 16. Zeddy Ikhokoro 17. Paywick Munoko 18. Josephat Omulefu 19. Washington Ombima 20. Byron Ogada 21. Jimmy Mwembe 22. Caleb Owin 23. Michael Owino. #KenyaCup