Nondies center Oscar Dennis is ready to make his Kenya 7s debut at the HSBC World Sevens Series this weekend at Hong Kong 7s.
Dennis was last week handed his maiden by head coach Paul Murunga after five years of trying. He played for Kenya at the 2015 Safari 7s under Benjamin Ayimba - with Murunga being his assistant- but never got a chance to play at the series due to a number reasons.
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He had left for Australia in 2016 for three years to do his Masters but played for Nondies during his holidays. He also played in Russia for a few weeks in 2018 before joining South Africa Rugby Union Sevens Academy at Stellenbosch.
He spoke to Raga House shortly before leaving for Asia where he's hopeful to start his World Sevens Series career on a high.
"It's a relief you know!" he said. "A nice way finally to make my debut after being in the system for five years; being in and out few things have of course popped up like Uni and Academy down in South Africa where I am at the moment."
"As I said before it's nice, am excited and it's about time."
Dennis comes to the team a time they are looking to improve on their performance that has left them 14th with four legs to go. At Hong Kong 7s, Kenya is set to play New Zealand, Australia and Fiji in pool C.
"Obviously the season hasn't gone the way Kenya wanted it to. In terms of Hong Kong we just have to stick to our structures and do all we know. Fingers crossed we get a few wins and get out of relegation. We will do our best."
"The pool is hard. There is no doubt about it; probably one of the toughest you can come across but there is no easy game at the circuit. To be playing top of the top is exciting you get prepared for it rather than going to playing a side that ain't as great as those guys and you go a bit 50/50 and you get beaten. Top games at least you go fully committed and we'll go for a win."
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"It's been awesome(being at Stellenbosch). Having down my ankle just before Cape Town and Dubai; going down there to do my rehab has been amazing. All the facilities that we need are there and it got me back to the field pretty quick."
Stellenbosch Rugby Academy runs a Sevens program endorsed by South Africa Rugby Union(SARU) as a feeder academy for the Blitzboks, but also taking in foreign players to educate them on the game and get them to top level.
"In terms of me as a player it's a new place and I have learned so much; skills how to read the game; broader than just playing so it's has been amazing and am confident."
Dennis was part of the Samurai International squad that beat Kenya 7s to win the 2018 Safari 7s and went ahead to receive a call up from Murunga.
Kenya 7s Squad to Hong Kong, Singapore 7s:
Daniel Taabu, Eden Agero, Vincent Onyala, Oscar Dennis, Jeff Oluoch- Captain, Nelson Oyoo, Augustine Lugonzo, Shaddon Munoko, Bush Mwale, Mark Wandeto, Andrew Amonde, Johnstone Olindi, Daniel Sikuta
Hong Kong 7s Pooling
Pool A: South Africa, Samoa, Scotland, Japan
Pool B: France, Argentina, Canada, Portugal
Pool C: Fiji, New Zealand, Australia, Kenya
Pool D: USA, England, Wales, Spain