In Summary
  • Kenya Simbas coach Jerome Paarwater has effected eight changes to his side ahead of their second Hong Kong Cup of Nations duel against formidable Russia on Tuesday at the Kings Park Sports Ground in Hong Kong.
  • The tactician will be seeking redemption after his charges fell to minnows Chile 23-3 in their opening match on Friday last week.
  • Props Oscar Simiyu and Dennis Karani, scrum-half Lyle Asiligwa, fly-half Biko Adema, centre Peter Kilonzo and full-back Vincent Mose, who came off the bench against Chile will start against the Russians, who impressed in their maiden World Cup appearance in 2011.

Kenya Simbas coach Jerome Paarwater has effected eight changes to his side ahead of their second Hong Kong Cup of Nations duel against formidable Russia on Tuesday at the Kings Park Sports Ground in Hong Kong.

The tactician will be seeking redemption after his charges fell to minnows Chile 23-3 in their opening match on Friday last week.

Props Oscar Simiyu and Dennis Karani, scrum-half Lyle Asiligwa, fly-half Biko Adema, centre Peter Kilonzo and full-back Vincent Mose, who came off the bench against Chile will start against the Russians, who impressed in their maiden World Cup appearance in 2011.

The rugged Russians pride themselves in their brute strength and physicality and could prove more than handful to the Kenyans

Also openside flanker Martin Owilah and winger Alex Olaba, who didn’t feature against Chile have the opportunity to show their mettle.

Paarwater has retained hooker Peter Karia, second rows industrius Oliver Mang’eni and big ball carrying Wilson K’Opondo (captain) eighth man Joshua Chisanga, centre Leo Owade elusive running right wing Darwin Mukidza and flanker Davis Chenge.

Russia, who started their Cup of Nations campaign with a narrow 16-13 win over hosts Hong Kong with a last minute penalty taking them to victory, improved two places to 20th in the world rankings after the victory.

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