Poor planning forces KRU to revise dates for 7's circuit

By sportsnewsarena correspondent
Jul 02, 2017
  • Kabras Sugar are leaving nothing to chance despite the review of the KRU National Sevens Series fixtures. They have been in Eldoret for a 7's tournament. (SNA. File Photo)

Poor planning from the Kenya Rugby Union fixtures committee has compelled them to revise the start of the KRU National Sevens Circuit from the weekend of July 22-23, 2017 to the first week of September.

Courageous team officials have put the KRU Director who is incharge of the fixtures on the spot alleging after thought, lack of foresight and indecisive decisions which were being made by him and by extension the KRU Board and affiliate clubs.

The effect is far reaching not only on the domestic but the international calendar as well. In the short term, there is immenent fatigue as a result of congested fictures which include Safari Sevens, Impala Floodlit and Kenya Cup.

Although the change could have been necessitated by the General Elections on August 8, 2017, club officials and coaches have been vocal.  

"Clubs deserve better treatment. It's not like KRU didn't know about the elections. Clubs starter training with July 22nd in mind. This decision has cost the clubs time and money which will never be recovered," a coach from one of the Kenya Cup sides stated.

He explained players will suffer from poor planning for starting out early. "This is planning gone wrong," the coach declared.

Instead of apportioning the blame, the coach stated they trusted communications from the KRU secretariat but there have been mixed signals after some of the suggesstions could have been overruled by the KRU Board.

While other team officials acknowledge they were consulted, some vehemently denied. "There was zero consultation. If there was, it was at the level of club chairmen," some said.

A quick glance at what is on offer in the rugby calendar is Safari Sevens two weeks after the National Sevens' completion followed by the Impala Floodlits after three weeks. The kick off of Kenya Cup could be in December which is also the start of the World Rugby Sevens World Series.

Already, the national 15's team has started playing in the Africa Cup which runs until the first week of August. The same players would then be released to their clubs with barely enough time to recover before the National Sevens kicks off.

There are plans to have Kenya Cup run for 22 weeks next season!

A brief release from KRU read: 

The start of the 2017 National Sevens Series has been pushed to September.

Consequently, the Driftwood Sevens, which was supposed to get the sevens season underway on 22nd/23rd July will now be held on the weekend of 2nd/3rd September in Mombasa with the Kabeberi Sevens, originally set for 29th /30th July now taking place on 9th /10th September in Nairobi.

The series then takes a one week break before resuming with the Prinsloo Sevens in Nakuru on 23rd/24th September with the Sepetuka Sevens taking place in Ngong a week later.

The Christie Sevens, the penultimate round of the series will be held on 13th/14th October with Kisumu’s Dala Sevens closing the series on Mashujaa Day weekend.

National Sevens Series amended dates

Driftwood Sevens, Mombasa – 2/3 September 2017

Kabeberi Sevens, Nairobi – 9/10 September 2017

Prinsloo Sevens, Nakuru – 23/24 September 2017

Sepetuka Sevens, Ngong – 30th Sept/1st October 2017

Christie Sevens, Nairobi – 13/14 October 2017

Dala Sevens, Kisumu – 20/21 October 2017