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Kenya: 2019 Safari Sevens S...

Kenya: 2019 Safari Sevens Scheduled for 18th-20th October

Safari Sevens has been the launch pad for the careers of many a great rugby talent

NAIROBI, Kenya, August 8, 2019/APO Group/ –The 23rd Edition of Safari Sevens will be held on the Mashujaa Day weekend, 18th-20th October at the RFUEA Grounds.

The tournament made its return to this venue in 2018 after a seven-year hiatus with Samurai lifting the 2018 title, beating Shujaa 21-14 in an enthralling final.

Safari Sevens has been the launch pad for the careers of many a great rugby talent, the likes of Kenya Sevens greats Steve Gichuki, Ken Aswani, Felix Ochieng, Benjamin Ayimba, Oscar Osir, the Emonyi brothers Humphrey Kayange and Collins Injera, to name but a few.

“We’re very excited about the Safari 7s once again as we continue to consolidate on past gains. Many teams that are going into HSBC World Sevens Series and/or the 2020 Tokyo Olympics are looking at an ideal preparation and this year’s tournament offers just that. We will be unveiling partners as we close in on the tournament and so far the response from various current and potential partners has been very positive,” said the KRU Chairman, Oduor Gangla.

The invited teams are: Defending Champions Samurai, France, England, Canada, Japan, Botswana, USA, South Africa, Portugal, Spain, Nigeria, Red Wailers, Ghana, Apache, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Hong Kong, Uganda and Russia.

“It promises to be a highly competitive, energy charged tournament with lots of entertainment and activities including for families. There will be a lot of activities in the village and this presents an opportunity for vendors to come and sell their products to the fans in attendance. This goes to show that the tournament is all rounded from a sports to a business perspective.” Concluded Gangla.

Roll of honour

1996 Public Schools Wanderers (U.K)
1997 Kenya
1998 Bristol University (England)
1999 Public Schools Wanderers (U.K)
2000 Shujaa
2001 British Army (U.K)
2002 British Army (U.K)
2003 Kenya
2004 Kenya
2005 Samoa
2006 Emerging Springboks (South Africa)
2007 Emerging Springboks (South Africa)
2008 Kenya
2009 Kenya
2010 Kenya
2011 Samoa
2012 South Africa Elite Player Development
2013 Shujaa
2014 Welsh Warriors (Wales)
2015 Samurai
2016 Shujaa
2018 Samurai

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Kenya Rugby Union (KRU).