In Summary
  • The 55 players were trimmed to 37 after a training session at RFUA grounds on Sunday.
  • The junior side, nicknamed Chipu, has been drawn against Zimbabwe with the winner taking on either Namibia or Madagascar in the South Zone title decider.

The national under-20 rugby team head coach Paul Odera has named a provisional squad of 37 players ahead of the Rugby Africa U-20 Championships scheduled for March in Windhoek, Namibia.

The 55 players were trimmed to 37 after a training session at RFUA grounds on Sunday.

“The final squad of 25 players will be named a few weeks to the tournament,” said Kenya Rugby Union media chief Michael Kwambo.

The junior side, nicknamed Chipu, has been drawn against Zimbabwe with the winner taking on either Namibia or Madagascar in the South Zone title decider.

The winning finalist will battle the winner of the North Zone for the overall African title and book a place to the 2018 Junior World Trophy at a yet-to-be-named venue.

Odera’s team is led by foreign-based quintet of Mark Mutuku of Canterbury University (New Zealand), Michael Amolo (Leeds University, United Kingdom) and South Africa based trio of Toby Francombe (Western Province Academy), Andrew Simiyu (Hillcrest High School) and Jeff Mutuku (Kingswood College).

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