SportPesa has reaffirmed its commitment to supporting the local rugby sports development with a further Sh1 million shillings sponsorship that goes into supporting the third tournament of this year’s SportPesa National 7s circuit.
Dubbed the Prinsloo 7s, the tournament which is named after the honour of South African Pete Walter Prinsloo, this year’s edition will run from today to Sunday.
Speaking during a briefing at the Nakuru Athletic Club, the Prinsloo 7s Tournament Director Edward Moseti noted that up to 40 teams have confirmed attendance of this year’s tournament, to participate in Age Grade competition, the ladies’ category, the men’s Division 1 and 2 categories.
“This will be one of the biggest convergences on a weekend of high-octane rugby action.
“Nakuru is ready to host rugby fans and sports lovers to the city that boasts diverse culture and
heritage,” said Moseti.
Featuring the ladies’ category for the first time since the beginning of the 7s circuit, the winners of the category will have Sh100,000 up for grabs as part of the Sh325,000 total tournament prize money that is part of the SportPesa sponsorship.
Flanked by Nakuru County Sports CEC Josephine Achieng and the Kenya Rugby Union CEO Thomas Odundo, the organisers of the Prinsloo 7s have given assurance of competitiveness as part of the recovery plans to get the SportPesa-sponsored Shujaa to get back to the World Rugby HSBC series.
“With four more tournaments to go in the national 7s Circuit, we will see up to 400 players competing in active rugby and the game can only grow further from the initial four tournaments circuit to a six tournament leg,” Odundo said.
Achieng reiterated the county’s preparedness to host fans.