Kenya steal the show at Parade of Nations

By the punter
Mar 03, 2017
  • The Kenyan way of introducing themselves to Las Vegas before the tournament kicks off on Friday. (Photo by David Kiania)

LAS VEGAS, The Kenya seven-a-side team stole the show during the Parade of Nations event, the official opening of the fifth leg of the World Rugby Sevens World Series which kicks off at Sam Boyd Stadium on Friday.

The team which was accompanied by Kenya's Ambassador to the US Robinson Njeru Githae climbed on the makeshift stage, with Frank Wanyama as the flag bearer. They came after Japan who warmed up the crowd when one of their players displayed fancy footwork to the delight of the big crowd.

Dressed in black tops and jeans, the players waited patiently for their choice song and broke in dance to the delight of hundreds of fans who attempted to imitate the dancing style.

Each of the 28 teams who will compete in the three-day event had something special to offer the fans. The Brazilian women's team were equally impressive displaying their samba dance style while Samoa had two models dressed in traditional attire.

The biggest cheer was reserved for the hosts USA who answered to the fans' shouts of USA, USA...

For the first time, the women's competition will be docking in Las Vegas and the teams were part of the parade.

Kenya will kick off their campaign in a tough Pool B against New Zealand before facing Argentina. On Saturday, they play Russia.  According to the tournament website, Billy Odhiambo and William Ambaka are some of the players to watch.

Fiji won the title last year.

Las Vegas draw

Pool A: South Africa, Wales, France, Canada

Pool B: England, USA, Samoa, Chile.

Pool C: New Zealand, Argentina, Russia, Kenya.

Pool D: Australia, Fiji, Japan, Scotland.

Order of play

Friday, March 3: Fiji v Japan, Australia v Scotland, Argentina v Russia, New Zealand v Kenya, USA v Samoa, England v Chile, Wales v France, South Africa v Canada, Fiji v Scotland, Australia v Japan, Argentina v Kenya, New Zealand v Russia, USA v Chile, England v Samoa, Wales v CanadaSouth Africa v France.

Saturday, March 4:Japan v Scotland, Australia v Fiji, Russia v Kenya, New Zealand v Argentina, Samoa v Chile, England v USA, France v Canada, South Africa v Wales.