Homeboyz’ centre Bush Mwale faces a late fitness test in order to be available for the next two legs of the World series in Las Vegas and Vancouver next month.
Mwale, who has been outstanding for the Sevens outfit in this season, sustained a knee injury last week during the Kenya Cup match against Strathmore Leos. Physiotherapist Lameck Bogonko said scans have shown that Mwale suffered a medial collateral ligament. “It’s a grade sprain which is not that serious but we have a training session on Wednesday (this morning) and from there, we will be in a position to know if he will make the team or not,” added Bogonko. The 12-man travelling party will be named today at the RFUEA ground.
Speaking yesterday, head coach Benjamin Ayimba, said he will continue rotating the squad to give every player a chance before the Rio Olympic Games in August.
“We have rotated the team and given every player a chance. So far, we have played Frank Wanyama, Robert Aringo, Donald Oluoch and Nelson Oyoo to varying successes. It’s a competitive squad and we have a lot of talent in the team and lets see how it goes for the next two legs of the series,” added Ayimba.
Elsewhere, Kenya Simbas have dropped one place in the latest world rugby ranking as a result of Belgium beating Netherlands on Saturday. Kenya held position 28 since early this year but has now dropped a place down to 29 after Belgium beat Netherlands 32-8 in a European Nations Cup Division 1B match at Stade du Hevsel, Brussels over the weekend.
The national 15s team dropped for two consecutive weeks last December, going to 28th as a result of Germany’s 29-12 win over Brazil in Blumenau, Santa Cantarina. Both men and women’s world rugby ranking are calculated using a ‘Points Exchange’ system, in which sides take points off each other based on the match result. Whatever one side gains, the other loses.
The exchanges are based on the match result, the relative strength of each team, and the margin of victory, and there is an allowance for home advantage. Kenya are due to face Germany who are currently ranked 26 in a test match in May. The Simbas are also expected to host Hong Kong who are ranked 23 in the same month before embarking on a tour to Europe to face Romania in early June.
The matches will be preparation for the Confederation of Africa Rugby 1A Championship, where the Simba face Namibia, Zimbabwe and Uganda between July and August this year. A 40-man provisional squad is slated to be named by the end of the week to start preparations for the international assignments.