Oluoch, Oliech return to squad bound for Los Angeles World Series season ender
Kenya Shujaa Head Coach Damian McGrath has made two changes as the team heads to Los Angeles for the World Series season-ender on 27-28 August.
Jeff Oluoch and Samuel Oliech return to the Shujaa squad, replacing Levi Amunga and Herman Humwa who were part of the squad’s last outing – the Commonwealth Games Rugby Sevens competition in Birmingham three weeks ago.
“The side to L.A was selected mainly on the contracted players, I’ve made two changes from the Commonwealth Games team simply to have a look at other players, so Sammy Oliech and Jeff Oluoch will come in.
“It’s not a reflection on the guys who have been left out…it’s just a chance for me to look at them because we are looking to change the senior squad group to bring in some younger players from the National Sevens Circuit,” said McGrath.
Shujaa are in Pool D and begin their campaign in North America against Samoa on Saturday 27 August at 8.26 pm Kenyan time.
This will be followed by a fixture against England at 11.10 pm the same day before rounding off pool play against Scotland at 2.21 am on Sunday morning.
Sharing his thoughts on the fixtures, McGrath said, “We are in a fairly tough pool in L.A, Samoa are the leading team in our group. They have been playing very well this year, being based in Dubai since Christmas training, playing and preparing as a team and so they will offer a tough assignment for the first game.
“We then play England and Scotland who despite having a young team always have a wide pool of players to choose from, so we expect a different challenge. Scotland beat us narrowly in the Commonwealth Games and while we are not going there expecting to turn everybody over, we are very confident that we can put in some good performances.”