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Kenya 7s champs coming for Elgon Cup

East Africa's most successful rugger Collins Injera will be here to cheer on his 15s colleagues in the Elgon Cup
East Africa’s most successful rugger Collins Injera will be here to cheer on his 15s colleagues in the Elgon Cup. Photo credit: @cinjera

This weekend’s Elgon Cup in Kampala will be like no other! Do not hold your breath for they will not be on the pitch!

The formidable Kenya 7s team that won the HSBC World Rugby 7s series in Singapore last month will be in Kampala to cheer on their 15s colleagues.

In the stands will be East Africa’s most successful rugby player, and the world’s top 7s try scorer (231) Collins Injera, among others like Humphrey Kayange, Oscar Ayodi, cheering on their boys who seek to emulate their success.

Massive congratulations to @cinjera for becoming the top try scorer in the @WorldRugby7s series. #ProudlyKenyan pic.twitter.com/RvIOdsIUgj

What might surprise rugby fans as well is the fact that the likes of Injera and Kayange share a lot of history with our very own Alex Mubiru and Mathias Ochwo – who have opted to sit out this tie for reasons we do not wish to give readers heartache over, for now.

When the Rugby Cranes were crowned Africa champions in 2007 in Madagascar, the Injeras of today were in the Kenyan team then and looked on in disbelief as the Cranes were crowned champions! Yes, you read right. That is how far back we have sunk – but that is a story for another time!

This time though the Kenya 15s will give our boys quite a game. For those who have not heard – it’s a test match that Kenya, who are gunning for Rio 2016, will not take lightly. They have assembled their top flight team after learning hard lessons from last year with their Kenya A side; Rugby Cranes are the defending champions of the Elgon Cup.

The intensity of this fixture is such that Kenya will be heading on to Brazil for another test match thereafter. They will board a KQ flight to Nairobi, pick some other players and head out. You cannot miss this game for anything!

 

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