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Kenya with right experience at Singapore 7s
By Patrick Korir | Fri 27 Apr, 2018 13:30

Based on cumulative HSBC World Sevens Series appearances, Kenya 7s is the second most experienced side at Singapore 7s that takes center stage on 28 and 29 April 2018.

As confirmed by World Rugby, Kenya 7s players listed for Singapore 7s have a total of 389 caps behind England whose squad clocks 429 caps.

Also read Kenya 7s playing times at Singapore 7s

At 351 defending Singapore champions Canada is third most capped side with Russia, South Africa, USA, Scotland, Wales and France at 255, 252, 245, 244, 220 and 213, in that order, as the next best experienced sides. The rest with squads at sub 200 are; New Zealand (199), Fiji (183), Samoa (164), Spain (160), Australia (143), and Argentina (121). 

Japan - a core status team for next season, is the least experienced at Singapore with only 69 caps. They arrive with five series uncapped players while five others have featured in six or less events. Having featured in 29 events, only Katsuyuki Sakai has featured in more than 20 legs for Japan.

Based on appearances and stats, Pool B that has England, Kenya, 2017 Singapore runners up USA and France is bound to be explosive.

Injera, Amonde

With 76 events behind him Collins Injera is the most experienced in coach Innocent Simiyu's lot followed by former captain and bullish forward Andrew Amonde with 63 events covered.

Willy Ambaka, current skipper Oscar Ouma and Billy Odhiambo have been to 42, 40 and 39 events, correspondingly, while five others are in the 20's range. They include; Nelson Oyoo (25), Dan Sikuta (27), Augustine Lugonzo (22), Eden Agero (25) and Samuel Oliech (21).

Also read Injera ready to rumble in Singapore

Having attended eight events Jeff Oluoch is one of three players in the squad with the least experience besides Herman Humwa - a call up to replace injured Arthur Owira - who has been to Dubai and Cape Town only, and Ian Minjire who has only so far sampled Hong Kong 7s, the precursor to Singapore 7s.

Only James Rodwell of England - with 85 events - tops Injera's experience at Singapore. Tim Mikkelson of New Zealand (74) and England's Dan Norton (73) - the series' all-time top try scorer, are the only other players that will be paraded with over 70 events at Singapore.

Singapore 7s pools

Pool A: Fiji, Spain, Russia, Japan 
Pool B: Kenya, USA, France, England 
Pool C: South Africa, Argentina, Canada, Samoa 
Pool D: New Zealand, Scotland, Australia, Wales

Patrick Korir
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