In Summary
  • Kenya Lionesses up against NZ, Canada, SA.
  • The rugby sevens competitions will run from April 13-15.

Kenya Sevens have been drawn against World Champions and 2014 silver medallists New Zealand for this year’s Commonwealth Games due in in Gold Coast, Australia in April.

According to the draws released on Thursday by the ‘Club Games’ organisers, Shujaa will also face fellow African side Zambia and familiar adversaries in the World Rugby Series Canada in Pool “C “of the competition.

The Kenya Lionesses have meanwhile been drawn in Pool “A” of the women’s competition alongside New Zealand, Canada and continental rivals South Africa.

Kenya Rugby Union Director of Rugby Thomas Odundo is confident the Kenyan sides can go all the way to the final.

“The draws are quite favourable and the onus is upon our sides to give their best and go all the way to the finals.

“Since it is only one team going to the next round, competition will be stiff and we have to prepare well to take on the big boys,” Odundo said.

FIJI, WALES FACE-OFF

The rugby sevens competitions will run from April 13-15.

In the men’s draw, Pool “D” has reigning Olympic Games champions Fiji, Wales, Uganda and Sri Lanka as England, Australia, Samoa and Jamaica clash in Pool “B”. Champions South Africa headline Pool A that also has Scotland, Papua New Guinea and Malaysia.

Unlike the last two Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and Delhi respectively, where the top two teams went through from each pool, the Gold Coast Sevens event will see only the top-ranked team from each pool qualify for the semi-finals.

Kenya’s run in Glasgow 2014 ended in the quarter-finals after losing 19-7 to New Zealand.

The current Kenya Shujaa arrived in New Zealand Monday afternoon for this weekend’s Hamilton Sevens, the fourth round of World Series.

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