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Gilgil Vumbi coach Bush wants to grow women rugby

Rift Valley’s Gilgil Vumbi head coach Allan Bush has emphasized the need to grow women’s rugby in the country starting from the junior levels to the elite league.

Speaking at Kakamega High School, where his teams (both boys and girls) won the inaugural Scrummage Africa Kids 7’s titles over the weekend, Bush said the best way to grow the sport is through young people who have passion for the game.

“The future of rugby, especially, in women lies among these young people. We need more girls’ teams and more restrictions in matters of age. However, all in all, this was a good day of age-grade rugby,” said Bush.

Coming from Nakuru County, the Gilgil Vumbi did not spare their opponents, winning all medals on offer for both boys and girls.

Toto Afrika coach Boniface Mulama, who had two teams, representing Kakamega and Mumias, said such tournaments are a great build-up for future stars in rugby. 

“The games have been successful. My kids enjoyed it and this was the right tournament for their exposure as they got to play with their fellow kids. I hope more teams will register for the next series,” said Mulama.

In the girls category, Vumbi defeated Bungoma 39-0 for the title in the under-16 category, which attracted two teams.

Gilgil’s Josephine Kerubo and Milan Wanjiku touched down for the champions with the former emerging as the Most Valuable Player.

In the boys Under 12 category, which was p[played on a round-robin basis and attracted four teams, Vumbi emerged victorious after winning all their matches to clinch the title.

In the same category, Vumbi competed alongside Kabras, Toto Afrika, and Bungoma.

Event director, Brian Mwenje, said organizing an inaugural event is not easy and hopes to plan better events in the future.

“This was a good start and we hope to improve and have as many teams as possible,” said Mwenje.

In the boys’ Under-12, which attracted four teams that were played in round-robin, Vumbi won all their matches

With six teams competing in the boys’ under-16, Vumbi triumphed against Kakamega in the final, winning 19-12 for the title. 

In the intense final match, Vumbi led 12-07 in the first half before Kakamega equalised in the second half. However, the last-minute converted try earned them the title.

Champions Vumbi defeated Bungoma 27-0 while the runner-up Kakamega beat their counterparts Barbarians 39-0 in the semifinals.

At the pool matches, Kabras, Kakamega, and Bungoma faced off in Pool A where Kakamega emerged top to book barbarians a semis slot while second-placed Bungoma played Pool B winners Vumbi.

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