World Sevens Series leading try scorer Collins Injera, skipper Andrew Amonde and centre Billy Odhiambo will represent the Africa Pacific Dragons at this weekend’s World Club 10s in Mauritius.
Africa Pacific Dragons is the tournament name for Asia Pacific Dragons, who finished third at the 2014 World Club 10s in Singapore. The invitational side will feature several African players in Mauritius to mark the event’s move to a new continent.
The APDs are grouped in Pool ‘B’ alongside Saracens, the reigning English and European champions ; top 14 holders Stade Francais Paris and South Africa’s Cell C Sharks, one of the event’s three Super Rugby franchises.
Australian Super Rugby sides Aquis Brumbies and Western Force, three-time European champions Toulon and Italian All Stars will play in Pool ‘A’, which will be held at the 16,000-capacity Anjalay Stadium.
Injera said he is delighted to take part in the tournament. “Andrew, Billy and myself are all excited about playing in the World Club 10s in Mauritius, especially after such a special season for Kenya Sevens,” said Injera, who has now scored 235 tries in 347 matches since 2006 and was a Sevens Player of the Year nominee in 2009.
“We were so proud to finally win a Cup in Singapore, then in London, I finally broke the try-scoring record, so it has been a memorable year. Now, we really want to show the world the Kenyan style of rugby when we play for the Africa Pacific Dragons in Mauritius.”
The World Club 10s will crown a week-long rugby festival also featuring amateur clubs, women’s teams and age-group sides competing in supporting events. All of the finals of the supporting tournaments will be held at the main 16,000-capacity Anjalay Stadium on Sunday.
Elsewhere, Kenya Lionesses coach Mike Shamiah has expressed satisfaction with the team’s performance after coming second in the Roma Sevens over the weekend. Kenya lost 40-0to a South African select side. “We have played two competitive tournaments in France and Italy and we are making progress. We have six weeks of training to polish up our mistakes before we go to Rio,” he said.