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Time to scrum down as Olaba, Odhiambo recalled for Paris and London IRB legs

ATHLETICS By Rodgers Eshitemi | May 5th 2016
Fiji and Kenya contest a scrum during the Cup Final Action Images via Reuters

Kenya Sevens rugby coach Benjamin Ayimba has made two changes to his squad ahead of the final two legs of the IRB World Series.

As Ayimba aims for a repeat of Singapore leg glory, where Kenya defeated Fiji 30-7 in the Main Cup final, the coach maintained his policy of youth exposure, as the team heads to Paris and London legs.

Youthful Strathmore back Alex Olaba has been recalled to the squad that departs for Paris on Sunday, alongside teammate Billy Odhiambo. The duo replaces Alvin Otieno (Homeboyz) and Samuel Motari (Impala).

Odhiambo is making a return to the squad after missing the last two legs (Hong Kong and Singapore) due to ankle injury, while Olaba who has risen through the ranks, returns to the World Series for the first time since the 2014 Nelson Mandela Bay Sevens in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.

Olaba becomes the ninth player to be exposed by Ayimba this season as he aims for a top seven finish in the Series. Shujaa, who are currently seventh on the IRB standings with 85 points, have been drawn in Pool A against third-placed New Zealand (135 points), Russia and Portugal.

In an interview with Feverpitch, Ayimba said the upcoming two rounds will play a big role in determining his Rio Olympics squad.

“One or two players are almost certain to make it in the Olympics squad because they’ve been quite consistent. But Paris and London legs gives us an opportunity to see how many more combinations we can have for the Olympics as well,” said Ayimba.

“We decided to recall Billy because he has recovered from injury and he is our first choice winger.”

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