NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya’s Collins Injera aims to scale the try
scoring charts after returning to the Kenya 7s rugby team (know
as Shujaa) for the fifth and sixth legs of the HSBC World Sevens
Series in USA and Canada.
Injera missed the
second, third and fourth legs of the global sevens tour in Cape
Town, Sydney and Hamilton after returning home injured from the
opening leg in Dubai, but recovered to be included in the 13-man
touring list named by head coach Innocent Simiyu in Nairobi on
Shujaa leaves the
country on Saturday for Las Vegas, where they will return to
action in the USA 7s leg from March 2-4 before proceeding for
Vancouver for the March 10-11 Canada 7s.
“We are glad to have
Injera back from a hamstring injury. He has been missed. His
return is a great boost to the players especially to the new
call ups to the team. I have taken the team through strength and
conditioning and I can confidently say Injera’s form is
impressive,” Simiyu told reporters in Nairobi.
“I gauged the team
in training this morning. Everyone is fit and ready to give
their best in the contests,” said Simiyu, who welcomed Injera,
the all-time second leading try scorer in the HSBC World Sevens
Kenya are still
eighth on 35 points heading into Las Vegas and Vancouver after
winning 10 and 12 from their last outings in Australia and New
Zealand, where they made the Main Cup quarterfinals.
They are pooled
against New Zealand sevens winners, Fiji, France and Russia in
the USA 7s, and the return of Injera is a boost for the squad
that is aiming to climb up the standings.
Injera’s Mwamba RFC
teammate Billy Odhiambo, who will make his first appearance of
the season after missing the opening four rounds while
recovering from a shoulder injury, also made the team.
Injera and Odhiambo
have taken the places of Brian Tanga (Kabras Sugar RFC) and
Augustine Lugonzo (Homeboyz RFC) who represented Kenya in the
third and fourth legs in Sydney and Hamilton.
Oscar Ouma of Nakuru
RFC will captain the team with designated skipper Oscar Ayodi
still out with a nagging knee injury. Ouma replaced Ayodi, who
captained the team in Dubai and Cape Town.
Simiyu said his
target in USA and Canada is to go past the quarterfinals with
focus to rake in 13 points apiece, and he added that this has
been his aim in each of the previous legs of the series.