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
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