Agunda for inaugural World Club Sevens

By eric odanga
Aug 11, 2021

Kenyan input will be missing when some of the best seven-a-side players in the world will don their club colors at the inaugural World Club Sevens rugby championship which kicks off at Twickenham on August 17 and 18.

Only Patrice Agunda will bear Kenya’s flag at the inaugural championships when he dons Harlequins jersey.

The Kenya Harlequin FC player said it has been an invaluable experience playing for Harlequins in two tournaments already.

The staging of the event underlines the seriousness with which clubs give to the shorter version of the game as a development tool for the 15’s game and the re-introduction of seven-a-side rugby at the Olympics.

Clubs from USA, Australia, South Africa, Argentina, New Zealand, Russia and England There is a good sprinkle of players with Carlin Isles, a convertee from American Football playing for San Francisco which is being coached by a former US seven-a-side player Jone Naqica.

Two of the best players Santiago Gomez Cora from Argentina and Orene A’ai (New Zealand) have different roles. Cora will be coaching Buenos Aires side while A’ai, a former IRB World Sevens Player of the Year dons the colors of Auckland Blues. The side also has an upcoming New Zealand Sevens players Tutu Tairea and Rocky Khan who already has a taste of the World Series.

The clubs are: VVA Moscow Region, Kuban Krasnodar (Russia), Harlequins, Gloucester, Northampton Saints (England), San Francisco, New York (USA), Buenos Aires (Argentina), Western Province, Blue Bulls (South Africa), Brumbies (Australia), Auckland Blues (New Zealand).

In the meantime, Patrick Agunda returns home after slightly over 12 days in England where he represented Harlequin at the J.P. Morgan Sevens. Drawn in a tough Pool A with Worcester Warriors and Leicester Tigers, Harlequins narrowly lost 17-19 to Leicester Tigers but bounced back to win 29-14 against Worcester Warriors.

The win was not enough to enable them reach the final. In another match in this pool, Leicester Tigers beat Worcester Warriors 35-12.

Agunda said the experience was invaluable. Gloucester won Pool B by beating Newcastle falcons 21-0 and Saracens 17-14 while Saracens edged out Newcastle falcons 19-15.

The final saw Gloucester beat Leicester 24-17. Gloucester therefore booked a ticket to the World Club Sevens.

World Club Sevens Pool A: Gloucester, Western Province, New York, VVA Moscow Region. Pool B: Northampton Saints, Blue Bulls, San Francisco, Buenos Aires. Pool C: Harlequins, Auckland, ACT Brumbies, Kuban Krasnodar. WEstern Province v New York, Gloucester v VVA Moscow Region, Blue Bulls v San Francisco, Northampton Saints v Buenos Aires, Harlequins v ACT Brumbies, Auckland v Kuban Krasnodar, Western Province v VVA Moscow Region, Gloucester v New York, Blue Bulls v Buenos Aires, Northampton Saints v San Francisco, Harlequins v Kuban Krasnodar, ACT Brumbies v Auckland, New York v VVA Moscow Region, San Francisco v Buenos Aires, Gloucester v Western Province, Northampton Saints v Blue Bulls, ACT Brumbies v Kuban Krasnodar, Harlequins v Auckland.