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Is Injera the answer to Shujaa's problems at the Rugby World Cup?

Kenya Sevens winger Collins Injera in action. [Courtesy]

World Rugby Sevens Series second all-time top try scorer Collins Injera is determined to help Kenya perform better as Shujaa make their sixth consecutive appearance at the Rugby World Cup Sevens finals set to kick off tomorrow in South Africa. 

The 35 year old winger was last Friday named in the Kenya Sevens squad that will travel to Cape Town marking his first return to sevens since Tokyo 2020 Olympics. 

Injera, a proven try scoring machine is in line to make his fourth appearance at the Rugby Sevens World Cup. 

Currently, the Mwamba Club player is second in the all-time top scorer list in the HSBC World Sevens Series with 279 tries behind England’s Dan Norton, who has 358 tries. 

The veteran said he is delighted to be back in the national team fold after missing the last couple of seasons to represent Kenya. His last series outing was LA and Vancouver 7s in 2020. 

“It’s nice to be back in the sevens fold. It has been a while since I was here I had gone to the 15s team. Getting a chance to play in the World Cup is huge. Everyone would want to represent his nation at the World Cup I am just grateful to be here. We love big competitions and I am happy for to be selected,” said Injera. 

The experienced Injera returns for his fourth appearance as duo of Willy Ambaka and Billy Odhiambo set to make their third show at the global competition. 

With the games set to be played on a knock out format, Injera said they have to take one-match-at-a-time approach. 

“This is a knockout tournament, you lose one game you are out of the competition, for us we just have to take it a game at a time and that is what we have been talking about, the first game is Tonga and that is where all our energies are focused on,” said Injera. 

For Kenya, the team has been blowing hot and cold this year with their best performance being reaching the Commonwealth Games and Los Angeles Sevens quarterfinal stage. 

Kenya had a good outing in LA last week finishing sixth as Australia won their first ever World Sevens Series title while New Zealand won the cup. 

“The series is quite big now. Four teams were gunning the series last weekend in LA. You can see teams have closed the gap between them and top nations everybody now has a chance of playing,” said Injera. 

“You see how Kenya finished strongly; Samoa also had some really good kids with a good style of play. The World Rugby is improving we have to stay at pace with it. For us I think we are doing well in terms of how we are blending with the new guys and also we are incorporating the experienced guys.” 

 

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