Kenya Sevens Team Staring at Relegation

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The sorry state of our Kenya sevens rugby team has made me write this article.
The Kenya national sevens rugby team are back in the relegation battle after attaining a single point in the just-concluded Tokyo leg of the HSBC Sevens World Series.

In what can be considered a disastrous outing, Kenya won only onegame, which was an entertaining 27-5 victory against USA on the first day.This was followed by a 26-0 thumping from South Africa and a 26-10 loss to Canada.

The second day was no different, with Kenya losing 14-5 to Australia in the Bowl quarter-finals, which they followed up with a 17-12 loss to Argentina.

The result over this weekend leaves them in 13th position in the overall series standings with 33 points. With only two legs to go in the series, in Scotland and England in May, Kenyalooks set to be relegated from core status in the circuit.

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Relegation means Kenya will only participate in select events in the series and will have to fight for promotion once again.Kenya has a difficult task ahead if theyare to survive. The home boys have to catch up with either 11th-placed Canada, who have 47 points, or 12th-placed Wales, who have 42 points.

World Rugby has confirmed the pool draw for the Glasgow Sevens,round eight of the HSBC Sevens World Series 2014-15 on 9-10 May.After claiming a first title in more than two years, England are top seeds and head Pool A, while runners-up South Africa, third-placed Fiji and fourth semi-finalist Canada lead the remaining pools.

England will face France, Australia – the side they climbed above in the standings after victory in Tokyo to occupy the fourth spot in the race for Olympic qualification – and the 2015-16 series’ new core side Russia in Pool A.

Current series leaders South Africa face third-ranked New Zealand, Samoa and Kenya in Pool B at Scotstoun Stadium in Glasgow.Fiji, four points behind the Blitzboks in the standings with two rounds remaining, will face hosts Scotland, Wales and Portugal in Pool C, while Canada await Japan, USA and Argentina in Pool D.

Source: www.worldrugby.org

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