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Injera back into 7s team for Wellington7s and Sydney7s

IRB world series all time try scorer Collins Injera is back into Kenya rugby seven’s team ahead of HSBC world series to be staged in Wellington and Sidney meetings.

Injera who boosts of touching the ground 235 times, was named in a 13-man squad by head coach Innocent Simuyu aka Namcos, who named a provisional squad on Thursday morning in Nairobi.

Coming from a talented rugby family of Humphrey Khayange and Micahel Agevi, missed the opening legs of Dubai and Cape Town joining other comebacks like Oscar Ouma, Frank Wanyama, Martin Owila Sammy Oliech and dawin Mukidza.

“We believe we picked the best team who will give us the best and I’m impressed with the returning of the three players who will bring experience and leadership. We are happy with their conditions as well, but Oscar (Ouma) is at 80 percent and we will manage how he plays in the two legs,” Simiyu said when unveiling the traveling party on Wednesday.

With the team struggling to convert their tries, Simiyu said a kicking skills coach will be appointed after the Wellington and Sydney tours.

“We have worked on reception of kick off because it was the problem in the first two legs. Kickers have been putting extra work because it is another critical area of the sport we have been lacking. Against Fiji in Dubai we would have won had we converted,” Simiyu said.

“The kickers have been working on extra sessions and we should be looking at better conversion rates in Wellington and Sydney

Captain Andrew Amonde welcomed the return of the trio, saying they will bring a lot of experience as they seek to improve the 12 points they collected at Cape Town Sevens after losing 21-33 to Fiji in the fifth place play-off.

“The return of the three great players will make us better going into the next two legs and hopefully we will do better,” Amonde stated.

Kenya Rugby Union Director Ian Mugambi confirmed that the contracts are ready and will be handed to the players when the team returns from the two legs.

Team to Wellington and Sydney:

Andrew Amonde, Willy Ambaka, Oscar Ouma, Dan Sikuta, Bush Mwale, Brian Tanga, Leonard Mugaisi, Eden Agero, Augustine Lugonzo, Sammy Oliech, Billy Odhiambo, Collins Injera, Nelson Oyoo.

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