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KRU part ways with Kenya Sevens Technical Director Paul Feeney

Last updated 1 month ago | By Odero Charles

FILE Kenya Sevens coach Paul Feeney follow action against Zambia during their Tusker Safari Sevens 2019 match at RFUEA Grounds on October 19, 2019. Shujaa won 31-0. Photo/Stafford Ondego/www.sportpicha.com

The Kenya Rugby Union (KRU) on Friday afternoon announced that Paul Feeney has left his role as the Kenya Sevens Technical Director.

In a press statement published on its website, Kenya Rugby Union said it parted ways with Feeney by mutual consent owing to the uncertainty around the COVID-19 situation.

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“Feeney has left his role as Kenya Rugby Union Technical Director by mutual consent. Paul was working mainly with the men’s sevens squad, Shujaa as well as the other national squads,” reads the statement.

“He left the role at the end of April this year owing to the uncertainty around the COVID-19 situation and the need to be at home with his family in New Zealand.”

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“Under his management, Shujaa won the 2019 Rugby Africa Men’s Sevens in Johannesburg, South Africa, a result that secured qualification to the 32nd Olympic Games which will now take place in Tokyo, Japan in 2021. He also guided the Kenya Morans to cup final victory at the 2019 Tusker Safari Sevens.

“It is unfortunate he has been unable to complete the ongoing sevens World Series due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Union would like to thank Paul for his work during his time with us and wish him success in the future.”

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The former Auckland and South African Stormers coach was appointed as the technical director in September 2019 and led the side to Olympics 7s qualifications and Africa Men’s triumph.

The 2005 Rugby Sevens World Cup with Fiji also led Kenya in the Series where they managed a total of 35 points in six rounds. The side best performance was in South Africa where they bagged 11 points.