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Simbas intensify training in Nairobi, Kakamega
By Eric Njiru | Wed 05 Sep, 2018 14:03

Kenya Simbas have intensified their training ahead of November's repechage tournament for the 2019 Rugby World Cup. 

The Simbas, who resumed training on Monday, are currently doing gym sessions before ball work starts in a week's time. One group is training in Nairobi while another one for Western based players is in Kakamega.  

Kabras Sugar's Joseph Odero, Coleman Were, Andrew Chogo and flanker George Nyambua are training in Kakamega under strength and conditioning coach Richard Ochieng according to assistant coach Dominique Habimana. 

"It's good we have two groups. Everyone has come in and they are putting in the work and it's looking good so far," said Habimana after Tuesday's gym session.

"They are training in Kakamega just for convenience and then we all convene together when we go to the pitch. Even here in Nairobi we have 6.30am group and another one at 7.30am due to different schedules."

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On whether the Simbas will have friendly matches before heading to France or in France, Habimana says: "The administration is working on some friendlies both here and elsewhere and we are waiting for them to finalize then we go." 

The team is expected to return to Nanyuki for a third time in 2018 to train with British Army as Habimana says they are also working on a new formula. 

"There is another formula we are working with the British Army to reduce on the amount of travelling the team does maybe we can meet them or they can come. We have a very good relationship with them and we just look at logistics of everything."

With the first game set for Sunday November 11, the team may travel early to Europe depending on where they will play their friendlies. 
"Depending on whether we have some friendlies in Europe we might travel earlier or later. 

It will be the first time for a number of players in the Simbas to play in Europe and even outside Africa but Habimana remains optimistic this will not have any negative impact to their campaign, 
"If there is one thing the Simba has proven over the years is we can adapt to all kind of challenges adverse conditions are not new to us we will go train anywhere and play anywhere."

Habimana will be joined by Head Coach Ian Snook on September 20 while his assistant, Murray Roulston, who had resigned in July, will arrive nine days earlier.

Kenya Simbas will play Germany, Canada and Hong Kong in France with the winner of the round robin tournament set to earn the last ticket to the 2019 Rugby World Cup. The winner will head to pool B that has New Zealand, South Africa, Italy and Namibia. 

"We've been looking at them and analyzing them what they are doing with clubs in France. All three opponents we are looking at them in details and we will have a good plan."

Eric Njiru
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