Shujaa on course to avoid relegation in #London7s

Shujaa, the national rugby sevens team have failed to make any main cup quarterfinals of IRB World Rugby sevens series in London and Paris fighting relegation.

The Paul Murunga led charges will this weekend fight tom remain on top of the series when they tackle their opponents at London7s at Twickenham.

With 26 points from eight tournaments a point ahead of Wales and Japan’s 22, then the team that finishes last will get relegated and replaced by World Seven Series qualifiers, Ireland, next season.

If relegated, Shujaa will have to go through regional Sevens tournaments then head to Hong Kong 7s for the qualifying tournament, featuring champions and runners up from other continents.

In the last series meetings, pay dispute between senior players and the union over reduced salaries at the start of the campaign saw 15 players sit out the first six legs of the season.

The team did not have an intensive pre-season, where the players are put through a rigorous set of fitness and conditioning in order to be ready for the World Sevens series.

But the deal reached between the union and some of the senior players in March and this saw former skipper Andrew Amonde, Eden Agero, Jeff Oluoch, Dan Sikuta and winger Nelson Oyoo return to the squad for the final four legs of the series but Collins Injera, Willy Ambaka and Billy Odhiambo have opted not to play for the side and may return during the Olympic Sevens qualifiers in November in South Africa.

Murunga named: Vincent Onyala, Andrew Amonde, Bush Mwale, Daniel Sikuta, Charles Omondi, Eden Agero, Daniel Taabu, Jacob Ojee, Cyprian Kuto, Jeffrey Oluoch, Nelson Oyoo, Johnstone Olindi, Brian Wandera.

Standings ahead of London 7s
USA 145
2.Fiji 142
3.New Zealand 130
4.South Africa 121
5.England 107
6.Samoa 87
7.Australia 80
8.Argentina 79
9.France 71
10.Scotland 62
11.Spain 47
12.Canada 41
13.Kenya 26
14.Wales 25
15.Japan 22

London 7s Fixtures
Australia vs Wales 11.30am
USA vs Spain 11.52am
Samoa vs France 12.14pm
Fiji vs Kenya 12.36pm
Argentina vs Canada 12.58pm
South Africa vs Japan 1.20pm
New Zealand vs Scotland 1.42pm
England vs Ireland 2.04pm

Australia vs Spain 2.36pm
USA vs Wales 2.58pm
Samoa vs Kenya 3.20pm
Fiji vs France 3.42pm
Argentina vs Japan 4.04pm
South Africa vs Canada 4.26pm
New Zealand vs Ireland 4.48pm
England vs Scotland 5.10pm

Wales vs Spain 5.42pm
USA vs Australia 6.04pm
France vs Kenya 6.26pm
Fiji vs Samoa 6.48pm
Canada vs Japan 7.10pm
South Africa vs Argentina 7.32pm
Scotland vs Ireland 7.54pm
England vs New Zealand 8.16pm

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