Nyambua to captain Kenya against Hong Kong

By sportsnewsarena correspondent
Aug 16, 2017
  • Biko Adema has been named in the Kenya team which faces Hong Kong On Sunday at the Rugby Football Union of East Africa ground. (SNA. File Photo)


Six players will make their full international debuts as the Simba squad to face Hong Kong in Sunday’s first test at the RFUEA ground.

The six, James Kubasu, Philip Ikambili, Emmanuel Mavala, Elkeans Musonye, Brad Owako and Alex Olaba were named to the match day squad that witnesses a total of seventeen changes from the team that played Zimbabwe and Namibia a fortnight ago.

A seventh player, Benjamin Marshall could make his debut from the bench.

Sunday’s test between Kenya and Hong Kong has been brought forward from 4 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Kabras’ Sugar’s George Nyambua captains the side that also witnesses the return of Oliver Mang’eni, Biko Adema, Ronnie Mwenesi and Vincent Mose.

In the meantime, Kenya’s participation at the Hong Kong Cup of Nations has been confirmed by the Kenya Rugby Union who received an official invite from the event organizers.

The competition set for November 10-18, will see the Simbas come up against defending champions Russia, currently ranked 21st in the world, hosts Hong Kong who sit 24th globally and 28th ranked Chile.

The competition, which replaced the HKRU’s autumn international test series has been played since 2015 with Russia emerging victorious in the two editions.

Other teams that have featured in the competition include Zimbabwe, Portugal and Papua New Guinea.

Elsewhere, Leigh Jones, the Hong Kong Head coach named a 28 man squad for Hong Kong’s tour of Kenya.

The Dragons who are scheduled to arrive in Nairobi on Friday 18 August, will face Kenya on Sunday 20th August and Saturday 26th August.

The squad includes Liam Owens, Matt Roslee and Mike Parfitt who all earned their first caps in last year’s 34-10 loss to the Kenyans in Nairobi.

Others are Alex Ng Wai Shing, Ben Higgins, Fin Field, Jack Parfitt, Jamie Tsang, Nick Hewson, Tyler Spitz and Tony Wong Ho – yeung who all were part of last year’s travelling party.

Kenya squad

15. Vincent Mose, 14. Dennis Muhanji, 13. Patrice Agunda, 12. Brad Owako, 11. Alex Olaba, 10. Biko Adema, 9.Lyle Asigilwa, 1. James Kubasu, 2. Philip Ikambili, 3. Dennis Karani, 4. Emmanuel Mavala, 5. Oliver Mang’eni, 6. Elkeans Musonye, 7. George Nyambua (captain), 8. Edwin Machanje; Replacements: 16. Peter Karia, 17. Oscar Simiyu, 18. Bram Mayaka, 19. Ronnie Mwenesi, 20. Steve Otieno, 21. Sam Onsomu, 22. Kenny Andola, 23. Benjamin Marshall.

Hong Kong: Alex Ng Wai Shing, Benjamin Higgins, Callum McFeat Smith, Daniel Barlow, Dayne Jans, Evi Saua, Fin Field, Jack Parfitt, James Christie, James Cunningham, Jamie Tsang, Kyle Sullivan, Lex Rauca, Liam Galleher, Liam Owens, Liam Slatem, Marcus Ramage, Matthew Lamming, Matthew Roslee, Michael Parfitt, Nicholas Hewson, Pierce Mackinlay-West, Robert Keith, Sam Purvis, Sebastien Alfonsi, Thomas Lamobley, Tyler Spitz, Tony Wong Ho-yeung; Management: Leigh Jones (Head Coach), Andrew Hall, Craig Hammond, Mark Fatialofa (Assistant Coaches), Luke Davey (Strength & Conditioning), Chris Davies (Analyst), Amanda O’Reilly (Physiotherapist), Seth Chan (Physio Assistant)