4 Resolution Impala Saracens players have made it to the Kenya Simbas travelling team which has been given another chance at a possible Rugby World Cup 2019 spot. When the provisional training squad was named on 1st September 2018 by governing body Kenya Rugby Union, Resolution Impala had a total of 4 players called up. The players were scrum-halves Xavier Kipng’etich, Samson Onsomu, Centre – Seje Owade & fullback Vincent Mose. As training progressed, Lock Simon Muniafu & utility back – Sammy Oliech received a call to join the squad. 53 days later and after sifting, KRU has given the nod to 4 Resolution Impala players to carry the nation’s flag in France between November 11th & 23rd when Kenya plays in the Repechage competition against Canada, HongKong and Germany.
The four Resolution Impala Saracens players are: Simon Muniafu (lock), Samson Onsomu (scrum-half), Sammy Oliech (fly-half) and Leo Seje Owade (centre). The team departs Nairobi on the 31st of October. The Simbas will play a friendly match against Romania on 3rd November 2018. They will arrive in Marseille, France 3 days later to begin warming up for the Repechage contest. The winning team from this contest will earn a spot in the 2019 Rugby World Cup. We wish the Kenya Simbas all the best!
Kenya Simbas Fixtures at Repechage
11th November 2018: Kenya vs Canada
17th November 2018: Kenya vs HongKong
23rd November 2018: Kenya vs Germany
Kenya Simbas Squad to The Repechage
Forwards: Patrick Ouko(Menengai Cream Homeboyz RFC), Moses Amusala(KCB), Joseph Odero(Kabras Sugar RFC), Hillary Mwanjilwa(Kabras Sugar RFC), Ephraim Oduor(Kabras Sugar RFC), Colman Were(Kabras Sugar RFC), Philip Ikambili(Menengai Cream Homeboyz RFC), Oliver Mangeni(KCB), Wilson Kopondo(Kenya Harlequins), Malcolm Onsando(Kenya Harlequins), Simon Muniafu(Resolution Impala Saracens), Andrew Omonde(KCB), George Nyambua(Kabras Sugar RFC), Dalmus Chituyi(Menengai Cream Homeboyz), Elkeans Musonye(Strathmore Leos), Joshua Chisanga(Menengai Cream Homeboyz), Davis Chenge(KCB), Martin Owilah(KCB)
Backs: Samson Onsomu(Resolution Impala Saracens), Mohammed Omollo(Menengai Cream Homeboyz), Sammy Oliech(Resolution Impala Saracens), Darwin Mukidza(KCB), Leo Seje Owade(Resolution Impala Saracens), Peter Kilonzo(KCB), Collins Injera(Stanbic Mwamba), Nelson Oyoo(Top Fry Nakuru RFC), Felix Ayange(Kabras Sugar RFC), William Ambaka(Kenya Harlequins), Tony Onyango(Menengai Cream Homeboyz), William Reeve(Kenya Harlequins)
Team Management: Ian Snook (Head Coach), Murray Roulston(Coach), Wangila Simiyu (Team Manager), Christopher Makachia (Team Physiotherapist), Charles Ngovi (Assistant Coach), Dominique Habimana (Assistant Coach), James Ondiege (Team Doctor) Edwin Boit (Team Analyst)