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Kenya Rugby: Kenya, Hong Kong tie in a friend

The much waited Kenyan rugby15s side Simbas match against Hong Kong side called the Dragons will be on this Sunday at RFUEA ground in a friendly match ahead of World Rugby qualifiers.

Captained by Kabras Sugar George Nyambua, will lead six debutants on the team.

It’s almost a year since the Dragons from Hong Kong met Kenya in a Test match in Nairobi, where the hosts prevailed. Kenya ‘A’ rolled over the visitors 24-18 in the first match before the Simbas won 34-10 in the second tie.

James Kubasu, Philip Ikambili, Emmanuel Mavala, Elkeans Musonye, Brad Owako and Alex Olaba will make their full international debuts in Sunday’s match. The six players were named to the matchday squad that saw 17 changes to the team that played Zimbabwe and Namibia a fortnight ago. A seventh player, Benjamin Marshall, could make his debut.

The outing will also see the return of Oliver Mang’eni, Biko Adema, Ronnie Mwenesi and Vincent Mose.

Kenya finished second behind Namibia in the Rugby Africa Cup that also featured Uganda, Zimbabwe, Tunisia, and Senegal.

Hong Kong coach Leigh Jones has opted for experience, fielding only three debutantes. Hong Kong Cricket Club scrum-half Liam Slatem and Tigers duo of winger Sam Purvis and fullback Liam Gallaher are set for first caps, against Kenya.

Four other debutants that are on the bench include Tigers prop Dan Barlow, Valley hooker Dayne Jans and U20s graduates back James Christie and flanker Pierce Mackinlay-West.

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