48 teams - 16 in division one and another 24 in division 2 and eight gilrs teams will roll down to Meru County for the second leg of the 2019 Stanbic Bank National Sevens Circuit to be held at the Kinoru Stadium from 26-28 July, 2019.
It will be a historic one at that, in Meru, as it's the first time Kabeberi 7s will be held beyond a 100km plus radius from Nairobi.
In 2018 the event, in its 30th edition, was held in Machakos County.
Former Kenya 7s and Mwamba star Humphrey Kayange, who is the Kabeberi 7s tournament director, commented on the choice of venue in retrospect to the Machakos sojourn in August last year.
“Last year we took the first ever National Sevens Circuit to Machakos and the response was immense. This year we continue the same policy and we head up north to Meru. Already, the town is abuzz with news of the tournament,” he was quoted earlier by the clubs official portal mwambarugby.com
“Meru is an interesting choice of venue. We have huge support in the region and there’s a community hungry for top class rugby action in the area. we did not hesitate to settle on it as our 2019 venue for this great tournament,”
“It’s going to be big, exciting and memorable. We, as Stanbic Mwamba, are lucky to have Meru agree to host this historic tournament. On the other hand, Meru residents should look to forward to an exciting weekend as top rugby stars converge in the town to battle for the honours,” added the 2016 Singapore Seens winner and Olympian who called time on his international career in mid-2018.
The pressure of Kabeberi 7s will not be new to Kinoru Stadium as the venue was host to a well-attended Chapa Dimba na Safaricom National finals over four days in the last week of June, 2019.
Kenya Simba's and Kenya 7s laden KCB, the first leg winners of the Stanbic 7s in Kakamega in the just ended weekend are expected to come with the right inertia to Meru.
Homeboyz, beaten in the Kakamega 7s final by the bankers, will arrive in Meru a wounded lot but with all readiness to defend their Kabeberi 7s crown they lifted in Machakos last August by seeing off Nakuru RFC in the final.
Kenya Harlequin, beaten to the Kabeberi 7s bronze last year by KCB, are expected to be in Meru to rise from their false start in Kakemaga where they lost all their five games over two days to finish last with a point.
Consistent Stanbic Mwamba, Plate winners in their own event last year, will be in for an improved show as Impala, Nondies, Mean Machine, Kabras Sugar, Masinde Muliro University, Strathmore Leos, Menengai Oilers, home team Meru RFC and the promoted Northern Suburbs bring the right gas to up the ante of the show.
Kabeberi 7s Pools
Pool A: KCB, Impala Saracens, Menengai Oilers, Meru RFC
Pool B: Homeboyz, Masinde Muliro Uni, Mean Machine, Stanbic Pirates (UG)
Pool C: Mwamba, Nondies, Egerton Wasps, Kenya Harlequins
Pool D: Nakuru RFC, Strathmore Leos, Kabras Sugar, Northern Suburbs