Fresh from winning back Impala Floodlit rugby tournament, Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB) will this Saturday face University side Strathmore Leos as Kenya Cup (rugby15s) kicks off in various grounds across the country.
The Kenya Cup champions will begin their title defence against the Leos at Madaraka Ground, who still smell fresh Floodlit trophy after beating hosts Impala Saracens 18-17 at the final match a week ago.
After winning Kenya Nations Sevens series, Kabras Sugar will be hosting Mwamba RFC. The first 2016 runner up will enjoy home ground advantage at Jamhuuri Park. The sugar millers have played in three consecutive Kenya Cup finals winning the 2016 edition and losing the 2015 and 2017 editions to KCB.
Impala have a date with Mombasa Sports Club, while Nakuru entertain newcomers Kisii as Blak Blad host Nondies at Kenyatta University.
The league will take a Christmas and New year break and resume on January 13 with the playoffs slated for March 3, the semifinals on March 10th and the final on March 17.
At the same time, Kenya Rugby Union (KRU) championship league also gets underway tomorrow with six fixtures on the cards.
Kisumu RFC host Western Bulls, who were dropped from the Kenya Cup last season, at the Mamboleo Show Grounds.
Mean Machine, who were also relegated from Kenya Cup travel to the Catholic University to play hosts Catholic Monks. Both sides have had a good pre-season with Mean Machine finishing fourth in the 2017 Floodlit tournament as Monks lost to Menengai Oilers in the finals of the universities category.
Newly-promoted Menengai Oilers will start their campaign with a trip to Eldoret to face University of Eldoret.
USIU, who missed Kenya Cup promotion after falling to Kisii RFC in the semi-finals visit Ngong RFC, who were promoted from the nationwide league. The match will be played at Kiboko Secondary.
Coastal side and last season’s finalists, South Coast Pirates are hoping to put an impressive show this season as they host JKUAT ‘Cougars’ on match day one in Ukunda.
An all university clash between Moi and Egerton will present a chance for the two to rekindle their rivalry.