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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Ambaka to play for Manawatu Turbos in Mitre 10 Cup

Kenya Sevens star Willy Ambaka
Kenya Sevens star Willy Ambaka

Kenya Sevens star Willy Ambaka has been named in the Manawatu Turbos squad for New Zealand’s Mitre 10 Cup which runs from August to October.

Ambaka, who joined the outfit in May, has settled down with the provincial outfit and is confident of getting game time in th the tournament against quality players in New Zealand. “It’s been long journey but I am settled with the club and learning new things everyday here, which will enable me to improve rugby and my career,” added Ambaka.

Ambaka, who had professional stints with Lyon (France) and Western Province (South Africa), said the rugby culture in New Zealand is different from his previous expriences in France and SA.

“Here they focus a lot on skill level and doing the basics right. A lot of emphasis is put on refining your basic core skills which enables you to be a better all round player going forward unlike France and South Africa where the rugby is hinged on physical play and strength,” added Ambaka. The former Quins’ player can play as winger, fullback or centre in the backs. Ambaka, a mainstay for Shujaa between 2012 and 2016, will link up with seasoned players such as All Blacks Sevens’ star Ambrose Curtis, rising star Ngani Laumape, Rugby World Cup 2015 winners Nehe Milner-Skudder and Aaron Smith as the championship division side seek to secure qualification to the Premiership division.

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