Kenya Sevens return from Gold Coast, promise good tidings

Jevon Groves (right) of Wales is tackled by Maxwell Theuri (left) of Kenya during the HSBC Sevens World Series game between Kenya and Wales at the Gold Coast on Saturday

The Kenya Sevens team returned to the country on Tuesday morning from Australia after featuring in the Gold Coast Sevens, the opening round of the 2014/15 IRB Sevens World Series last weekend.

Head coach Paul Treu said they are disappointed not to achieve their goals after Kenya only managed two points, having failed to reach the cup quarters and falling to beat Canada 7-40 in the shield finals on Sunday.

That bad outing sees Kenya sitting at the lowly position 14 and Mr. Treu, who carried a largely inexperienced side wants to make amends in the next legs beginning with Dubai in December.

“It was always going to be tough but we have seen players with potential, we have seen enough to justify keeping most of these players in the system. They were impressive,” said Mr. Treu.

“Three of our players sustained injuries in Australia, Augustine Lugonzo sustained an ankle injury that will require surgery. This will keep him out of action for three months. Max Theuri also suffered knee and ankle injuries. Fabian Olando also sustained an ankle injury but will be managed over the next five to six weeks and should hopefully be ready in time for Dubai,” added the South African tactician.

Commenting on matters revolving around the group of players who missed out on the Gold Coast leg due to contractual issues, Mr. Treu said: “We are going to engage with them over the next two days as we look to chart a way forward.”

The squad that travelled to Gold Coast will embark on their mandatory 10 day rest and resume training next week alongside the larger squad as they embark on preparations for the second round of the series, the Dubai Sevens set for December 5-6, in the United Arab Emirates.