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Kenya head coach Ian Snook names 60 for rugby 15s squad trials

NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- Kenya rugby 15s head coach Ian Snook made good his word on Tuesday when he rolled out a list of 60 players who will play in two pre-selection trials.

Snook from New Zealand took the reins last month and promised on appointment there would be no automatic entry into his team.

The prospects have been divided into two teams that will take on each other at the Rugby Football Union of East Africa Grounds, Nairobi where those who impress will be selected to form the first squad for the forthcoming international season.

“The trial will consist of 4x30 minute quarters with the majority of players playing for a maximum of 60 minutes, and they must demonstrate an awareness of team play as against individualism,” the Kenya Rugby Union said.

Kenya will try to qualify for the quadrennial showpiece by winning the 2018 Africa Gold Cup where six teams - Kenya, Namibia, Morocco, Tunisia, Zimbabwe and Uganda - will battle for the automatic ticket to Japan.

The second placed team in the 2018 Gold Cup will join teams from Europe, Asia and South America in the Repechage process for the final spot of the Rugby World Cup.

Snook and his side will open their Gold Cup campaign away to Morocco on June 23 before welcoming Uganda on July 7 in what will also act as the first leg of the Elgon Cup contested between the two East African rivals.

             

 

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