Mike Jansen, 1 February 2014
For those who didn’t know, Paul Treu, Vuyo Zangqa and Graham Bentz are not the only South Africans involved in Kenyan rugby.
Western Province’s Jerome Paarwater (pictured below) has been leading the Kenya 15′s team for a while now and this week, he announced his 40-man squad for the South African Vodacom Cup competition.
On Monday, Kenya 15′s Head Coach Paarwater named a 40 man squad that will go into training in preparation for the 2014 Vodacom Cup which the Rugby Lions will use to prepare for their C.A.R Cup defense and qualification for the 2015 Rugby World Cup in England.
This year’s C.A.R Cup will be held in Madagascar between June 28 and July 5 and will serve as the final round of qualifying for the Rugby World Cup 2015 in England. The squad was selected after a series of trials held this weekend.
Speaking at the Barclays Sports Club, Paarwater said, ” It’s not just about what we have done over the last three days…it is a culmination of what we have done over the last two and half years in terms of preparation. If the Kenya Rugby Union wasn’t serious about fifteens rugby…we wouldn’t have done everything with the guys in terms of preparation.”
“We all know that the sevens team has put Kenya on the map but the vision that the Chairman has is to ensure that the fifteens team is up and running. A big part of rugby in Kenya is fifteens rugby, everybody loves fifteens rugby.”
“It’s a great vision that the Chairman and board has, to prepare for the World Cup. Things just didn’t happen last year…going to Madagascar and winning the Africa Cup…we started the preparations quite early. We are now taking it a step further in going to South Africa to prepare for the Vodacom Cup. I know the Vodacom Cup is a strong competition and it is a big part of our preparation to go down and prepare. We have to do something special to prepare and for us it is playing in the Vodacom Cup. ”
Kenya 15′s Players in the Vodacom Cup Squad are:
Joseph Kangethe – NONDIES, James Kangethe – NONDIES, Curtis Lilako – KCB, Duncan Mwangi – IMPALA, Steve Wakaya – KCB (nc), Hillary Omido – WESTERN BULLS (nc), Moses Amusala – KCB
Sam Warui – NAKURU, Max Adaka – KCB,Edward Oseko – HARLEQUINS (nc)
Wilson Koopondo – HARLEQUINS, Oliver Mageni – KCB, Ronnie Mwenesi – NONDIES, Tony Mutai – HARLEQUINS, Emmanuel Mavala – HOMEBOYZ (nc)
Brian Nyikuli – STRATHMORE, Philip Kwame – NAKURU (nc), Edwin Makori – NAKURU (nc)
Mike Okombe – NAKURU, David Mogere – HARLEQUINS
Joshua Chisanga – HOMEBOYZ, Lawrence Buyachi – NAKURU, Martin Owila – NAKURU (nc)
Lyle Asiligwa – HARLEQUINS, Edwin Achayo – HARLEQUINS, Max Theuri – HARLEQUINS (nc), Augustine Lugonzo – HOMEBOYZ
Kenny Andola – STRATHMORE, Isaac Adimu – HARLEQUINS, Eden Agero – HARLEQUINS
Nick Barasa – HARLEQUINS, Austine Gumo – HOMEBOYZ (nc)
Fabian Olando – KCB, Dennis Muhanji – HARLEQUINS,Alvin Otieno – WESTERN BULLS( nc)
Leon Adongo – IMPALA, Cyprian Kuto – STRATHMORE, Darwin Mukidza – KCB, Leonard Mugaisi – HOMEBOYZ
Vincent Mose – IMPALA, Tony Onyango – STRATHMORE
*nc denotes new call ups
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