Second all-time World Sevens Series top scorer Collins Injera returns to the Kenya 7s squad for the Sevens World Cup in Cape Town, South Africa.
Injera returns for the first-time since the Tokyo 2020 Olympics as he's been playing for Kenya Simbas at the World Cup qualifiers.
Bush Mwale and Daniel Taabu are left out on disciplinary issues according to head coach Damian McGrath. Alvin Buffa Otieno is out as he pursues an overseas move which Raga House understands is Canada.
“We are bringing back Injera because of experience and adaptability. He can play in different which is going to help is a lot,” said McGrath.
The innovative ‘winner takes all’ knock-out competition format first introduced at Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018 means every match counts as teams will need to win every time they enter the pitch in order to become world champions.
The 16-team women’s tournament begins with the round of 16 knock out matches based on seedings on the first day of competition, meaning fans will be kept on the edge of their seats from the very first kick to the last.
Kenya will face Tonga in their Rugby World Cup 7s opener at the Cape Town Stadium at 11.23am EAT on Friday 9 September 2022. The winner of this clash will play Argentina in the round of 16 at 5.23pm the same day.
The 24-team men’s competition also begins on day one with a qualification round involving teams seeded from nine to 24. The winners of the qualification round will progress to the round of 16 where they will take on the top eight seeded teams, while the losers will go into the Bowl competition which will decide positions 17 to 24.
The seedings for both men’s and women’s competitions were based on points accrued during the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series in 2020 and 2022, while teams who do not participate on the Series were seeded using their rankings gained at the World Rugby Sevens Challenger Series 2020 in conjunction with regional ranking positions ending in July 2022.
1. Nelson Oyoo 2. Collins Injera 3. William Ambaka 4. Billy Odhiambo 5. Samuel Oliech 6. Herman Humwa 7. Jeff Oluoch 8. Johnstone Olindi 9. Vincent Onyala 10. Antony Omondi 11. Kevin Wekesa 12. Edmund Anya
Pre-round of 16 Friday 9, September 2022
Ireland vs Portugal 9.45am
Canada vs Zimbabwe 10.07am
Samoa vs Uganda 10.29am
Scotland vs Jamaica 10.51am
Kenya vs Tonga 11.23am
Wales vs Korea 11.45am
Hong Kong vs Uruguay 12.07pm
Germany vs Chile 12.29pm
Round of 16
England vs Winner M1 3.39pm
France vs Winner M2 4.02pm
USA vs Winner M3 4.39pm
New Zealand vs Winner M4 5.01pm
Argentina vs Winner M5 5.23pm
Australia vs Winner M7 5.45pm
Fiji vs Winner M67.05pm
South Africa vs Winner M8 8.03pm
Australia vs Madagascar 1.11pm
USA vs Poland 1.33pm
Canada vs China 1.55pm
Fiji vs Japan 2.17pm
Ireland vs Brazil 2.54pm
England vs Spain 3.16pm