Shujaa squad for RWC 7s duty named

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Kenya Sevens head coach Damian McGrath has named his squad that will participate in the upcoming Rugby World Cup 7s in Cape Town, South Africa.

The squad consists of seven returnees and five debutants. Kenya's record try scorer Collins Injera returns for his fourth appearance and is joined by Willy Ambaka and Billy Odhiambo on three as captain Nelson Oyoo, Samuel Oliech, Jeff Oluoch and Herman Humwa return for the second time.

Johnstone Olindi, Vincent Onyala, Kevin Wekesa, Tony Omondi and Edmund Anya are named for their first appearance at the quadrennial event.

"We've been hit by many withdrawals, not of our choosing. We've lost Alvin Otieno, who has left the program to pursue personal interests, which is a big blow because he is one of the world's best sevens forwards.

We've lost Daniel Taabu and Bush Mwale for internal disciplinary matters, which have been dealt with but necessitated them being left out of this particular squad. It's a blow to the team, but we are confident with our selected squad," said McGrath.

With Injera included in the squad to Cape Town, McGrath said, "Collins brings a raft of experience. He's lived it and done it, and not many players on the sevens circuit have done and achieved what Collins has. His influence in training is very good. He's very good with the younger guys and understands how sevens should be played. With the withdrawals that we've had, we felt it was good to bring someone like Collins in to bring that experience to the team."

Shujaa are appearing at their sixth consecutive RWC 7s since debuting in 2001 and will play Tonga in their opening fixture in Cape Town.

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