In Summary
  • A source at the federation said that under the revised pay structure, senior players were meant to get Sh100,000 and below in addition to performance bonuses.
  • Each player is entitled to get Sh100,000 for a leg in the Series and Sh50,00 for reaching the final. For third place finish, the players were meant to draw Sh40,000, while they are entitled to Sh35,000 for finishing fourth and Sh30,000 fifth.
  • The players were to get Sh20,000 for reaching Cup quarterfinals.

Trouble is brewing in Kenya Sevens camp after close to 16 senior players continued boycotting training in protest over reduced salaries.

The team is expected to leave on January 19 for the next legs of the 2018/2019 World Rugby Sevens Series in New Zealand and Australia.

New Zealand city of Hamilton will host the next leg of World Rugby Sevens Series from January 26 to 27 before teams head to Sydney in Australia from February 2 to 3.

Kenya Sevens head coach Paul “Pau” Murunga on Monday warned that the senior players may not make the team for the two legs even if they are to resume training owing to fitness issues.

After Dubai (November 30 to December 1) and Cape Town (December 8-9) legs of the Series, the team only broke camp for Christmas and New Year’s holidays.

Sources within the team disclosed that the senior players, who used to earn between Sh170,000 and Sh145,000 last season, want the union to uphold the same structure for the 2018/2018 season.

Kenya Rugby Union (KRU), which is experiencing financial crisis, has adopted a lower salary structure where senior players are now supposed to earn Sh100,000 and below.

When contacted for comment, KRU’s acting CEO Sylvia Kamau declined to give a statement on the players’ strike, saying it would jeopardise negotiations that are going on.

“We don’t can’t give salaries and big promises that we won’t meet but at the same time, we still want these players. It’s a catch-22 situation for us,” said Kamau.

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