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January 18, 2019

Ouma in Dream Team

Kenya Sevens forward Oscar Ouma
Kenya Sevens forward Oscar Ouma
Kenya Sevens forward Oscar Ouma was named in 2017/18 HSBC World Sevens Series’ Dream Team as curtains came down on the season Sunday in Paris.
Ouma, who missed Paris and London legs due to personal reasons, was the only Kenyan in the Dream Team. Kenya recorded the best Sevens series performance in history, bagging 104 points and finishing eighth overall on the log.
The Nakuru RFC flanker has had an outstanding season, leading from the front as well as scoring the match winner against USA in the Vancouver Sevens in March, where Shujaa won 24-19 in the Main Cup semis.
He led the team in other statics like ball carrying, turnovers at the breakdown and line breaks. He also guided the team to the two finals in Vancouver and Hong Kong with Kenya losing on both occasions to Fiji 24-12 and 31-12 respectively. Ouma was also named part of the dream team in Vancouver, Singapore and Hong Kong. He formed a formidable and revered forward line for Kenya alongside Dan Sikuta and Willy Ambaka, as well as former captain Andrew Amonde.
The men’s HSBC Dream Team features four players from series runners-up Fiji, who won five of the ten rounds. The Fijians included are Kalione Nasoko, captain Jerry Tuwai, series second top point scorer Amenoni Nasilasila and Rookie of the Year Eroni Sau. They will be joined by Australia’s Ben O’Donnell and Dylan Sage from series champions South Africa.
The Kenya Sevens team bagged the fair play award. The award decided by match officials, recognises the teams that showcase rugby’s values of integrity, passion, solidarity, discipline and respect. The team was expected jet into the country last night before heading for a 10-day break. They resume training on June 20thin readiness for the Rugby World Cup Sevens in San Francisco, USA from July 20-22.
The format for the World Cup for this year’s event will be knockout matches from the preliminaries. Shujaa open their campaign against Tonga and If they win the match against the Pacific Islanders, they will face Scotland in the next round. Should they progress, they will set up a quarter-final showdown against World Seven Series champions South Africa in the quarters.
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