Fijian legend Waisale Serevi leads the Russian contingent to this year's Safari Sevens taking place from 18th to 20th October at Nairobi's RFUEA Ground.
Serevi, who was the tournament's chief guest in 2005 was appointed Russian Head Coach in November 2018.
He is widely considered to be the greatest rugby sevens player in the history of the game, featuring in four Rugby World Cup Sevens in 1993,1997,2001 and 2005,winning the World Cup with Fiji in 1997 and 2005.
He also led Fiji as player/coach to the 2005/06 Sevens World Series title,the first time the series was won by a team other than New Zealand.
Meanwhile, Serevi's Russian contingent will be the first team to arrive in Nairobi for this year's tournament. The Russian Sevens Academy will land in Nairobi on Friday afternoon for a one week training camp ahead of their tournament debut at the RFUEA on Mashujaa Day weekend.
Russia Sevens Academy
Aleksandr Berezin, Aleksandr Afanasyev, Aleksey Solovyev, Sergey Bondarenko, Aleksey Kapalin, Kevin Akuabu, Vladimir Aksenov, Ivan Mukhan, Islam Shakirov, Aleksandr Regner, Pavel Golik, DmitryPasternak, Dmitry Bobov, Aidar Gafarov, Ivan Ovchinnikov, Ilya Chernishov, Ruslan Krivolap, Gleb Lukyanenko, Igor Fedorov
Management: Waisale Serevi (Head Coach), Anton Levchenko (Coach),Sergey Babkin(Coach), Aleksandr Tsvetkov (Manager), Roman Kukhaev (Doctor), Igor Panin (Physio)
-Story derived from kru.co.ke