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Kenya Simbas name squad for RWC 2023 qualifier
By Eric Njiru | Fri 24 Jun, 2022 13:35

Sevens great Collins Injera was on Friday named in the Kenya Simbas squad to travel to France for the Rugby World Cup 2023 qualifiers/Rugby Africa Cup from Friday July 1, 2022.

Injera impressed the Simbas management during the final Carling Currie Cup game in Nairobi. Jone Kubu returns at 10 to join Matoka Matoka of Strathmore Leos and Dominic Culson.

The backrow has Martin Owilah, Dan Sikuta, Bethwel Anami and George Nyambua while Teddy Akala, Brian Waraba, Patrick Ouko, Davies Chenge, Andrew Siminyu and Eugene Sifuna among others make up the forward line. 

Odera said, “The reason I point that out is that it is important to get a balance between youth and experience. The average age of the team is 26. We have 5 players who represented Kenya at the Junior World Trophy in Brazil in 2019, we have 10 players who have come through the U20s from 2015 and it is also a matter of honor that we have two Olympians in the team; Collins Injera and Jacob Ojee.”

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Burkina Faso, the lowest competing nation on the World Rugby Men’s Rankings powered by Capgemini at 91, will take on Namibia, while Senegal play Algeria, Uganda face Kenya and Zimbabwe are scheduled to meet Ivory Coast between 1-2 July.

The winner of the quarter-final between Namibia and Burkina Faso will meet either Zimbabwe or Ivory Coast – who have appeared at three Rugby World Cups between them – in the semi-finals.

Either Senegal or Algeria will then play the winner of the quarter-final between Uganda and East Africa rivals Kenya for a place in the final.

“Our preparations for Uganda are like our preparations for the best team. Uganda is a very dangerous team, particularly against Kenya. They would rather lose to anyone but when it comes to Kenya, they raise their game. The approach is that we are playing a knockout match against an opponent who is equally good. The mantra in camp is this is the final and that is how we are approaching the game next week,” added Odera. 

The winner of the eight-team knockout competition will book a return to France 14 months later as Africa 1 at RWC 2023. The Africa 1 qualifier has been drawn in Pool A alongside New Zealand, hosts France, Italy and Uruguay.

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Whoever finishes as runners-up following the much-anticipated Rugby Africa Cup 2022 final on 10 July will still have a chance of qualifying for RWC 2023 through the Final Qualification Tournament.

A bronze final, as well as fifth-place and seventh-place play-offs, will be held on 10 July prior to the final, in which Africa’s representative at RWC 2023 will be decided.

Kenya Simbas squad:
Forwards: Andrew Siminyu, Edward Mwaura, Eugene Sifuna, Teddy Akala, Brian Waraba, Patrick Ouko, Ephraim Oduor, Joseph Odero, Davis Chenge, Brian Juma, Thomas Okeyo, Malcolm Onsando, George Nyambua, Bethwel Anami, Daniel Sikuta, Martin Owilah

Backs: Samuel Asati, Brian Tanga, Jone Kubu, Andrew Matoka, John Okoth, Collins Injera, Vincent Onyala, Bryceson Adaka, Jacob Ojee, Derrick Ashiundu, Dominic Culson, Darwin Mukidza

Rugby Africa Cup 2022: Quarterfinals 
QF1- Namibia vs Burkina Faso
QF2- Zimbabwe vs Ivory Coast
QF3- Senegal vs Algeria
QF4= Uganda vs Kenya

SF1- Winner QF1 vs Winner QF2 
SF 2- Winner QF3 vs Winner QF4

Final: Winner SF1 vs Winner SF2

Eric Njiru
Email: ericnjiru41@gmail.com +254726205521
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