Shujaa pooled in 'Group of Death' ahead of London Sevens
RUGBY | By Washington Onyango | May 23rd 2022
Kenya Sevens have been pooled in a tricky group ahead of the eighth leg of the World Rugby Sevens Series, London Sevens set to kick off this coming weekend on Saturday at Twickenham Stadium in England.
Shujaa are in another tricky Group B that consists of Toulouse 7s finalists Ireland, World 7s Series log leaders Argentina and second-place South Africa.
Shujaa who have managed just a point in the last two events and have dropped to 12th will be keen to improve to move close to safety.
Group A has Toulouse 7s winners Fiji who will face USA, Spain and Wales.
France who claimed bronze in their home tournament headline Group C and will face off with third place Australia, 2020 Champions New Zealand and Canada.
Samoa, hosts England, Scotland and Japan are in Group D.
Meanwhile, Kenya Sevens' struggles at the World Sevens Rugby continued at Toulouse Sevens where they collected one point after registering one win in their six matches played in France.
Shujaa failed to proceed through to the quarterfinals for the fifth time in a row. Since the beginning of the year, Kenya has not gone past the group stage after poor results in Malaga, Seville, Singapore, Vancouver and now Toulouse.
Even with new coach Damian Mcgrath in charge, Shujaa are nowhere near their best after losing 29-5 to Olympic champions Fiji and 38-14 to France in their Group A matches that saw them slip to the Challenge trophy despite their 19-14 final pool match win against Wales.
Kenya’s poor show was further confirmed when they lost 26-14 to Scotland and 28-12 to Japan in the 9th Place Quarter Final and 13th Place semifinals respectively.
London 7s Pools
Pool A: Fiji, USA, Spain,Wales
Pool B, Ireland, Argentina, South Africa, Kenya
Pool C: France, Australia, New Zealand, Canada
Pool D: Samoa, England, Scotland, Japan
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