NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya’s 15s rugby head coach Ian Snook has made
four changes to his team ahead of their match against Uganda
here on Saturday.
The two countries
will have no love lost between them as they clash aiming to keep
their hopes of qualifying for the Rugby World Cup in Japan in
2019 alive and also seek to claim bragging rights as the
regional champions of the Elgon Cup.
Kenya, who survived
a late scare from Zimbabwe last week in their 45-36 win, have
moved to remedy that and will give Jacob Ojee and Vincent Mose
Ojee is remembered
for scoring the opening try as Kenya beat Uganda 34-16 in
Kampala on May 26.
Ojee and Mose make
their first starts of the campaign after missing the opening two
rounds due to school commitments.
Ojee will be slotted
in on the left wing while Mose has been handed a role to start
as one of the fullbacks.
Former Kenya Sevens
international Felix Ayange has also been called to the 15s team,
landing his first test cap and will be starting on the right
wing while Oliver Mang’eni has been reinstated to the starting
line after coming off the bench against Zimbabwe.
Mang’eni takes the
place of Malcolm Onsando, who is rested alongside Edmund Anya,
Tony Onyango, Max Kang’eri and Curtis Lilako.
Starting on the
bench will be Biko Adema, Hillary Mwanjilwa alongside France
based Simon Muniafu, who could make his first appearance of the
Then Kenyan team is
coming into the match off the back of two top performances - a
28-24 win away to Morocco on June 23 in Casablanca and 45-36
victory against Zimbabwe in Nairobi.
This has placed
Kenya second on the log with eight points. They are seven points
adrift of titleholders Namibia with three games to play.
Namibia, on 15 points, have already dismissed Morocco, Zimbabwe
clash against Uganda, the qualification campaign will take a
break for one month and resume with Kenya hosting Tunisia before
traveling to Windhoek to face hosts and defending champions
Namibia in their final match on Aug 18.
The winner of the
round robin matches qualifies for next year’s Rugby World Cup in
Japan with the second placed team heading for the World
Repecharge tournament alongside other teams from Europe,
Asia/Latin and America. The winner of the tourney will also sail
through to the World Cup finals in Japan.