Nairobi - Kenya has called up four players from its sevens
team to reinforce the national squad as it prepares for a last-ditch bid to
grab one of the last places at next year's Rugby World Cup.
The repechage tournament in Marseille in November will be
Kenya's final chance to qualify for the World Cup in Japan after missing out
when they finished second to eventual qualifiers Namibia during the Gold Cup,
which doubled as the African round of qualifying.
The four players including former Sevens skipper Andrew
Amonde will link up with teammate Willy Ambaka who joined the squad and managed
to score four tries against Tunisia and Namibia in the qualifiers.
The others are flyhalf Sammy Oliech, wing Nelson Oyoo and
utility back Dennis Ombachi, whose winning try against Zimbabwe helped Kenya
qualify for the 2016 Rio Olympics.
"We looked at some specific positions where we thought
they would be useful reinforcements so that's basically why they are
here," assistant coach Dominique Habimana said.
The Kenyan Simbas will be up against Canada, Germany and
Hong Kong in the round-robin competition in Marseille on November 11, November
17 and November 23.
The winner will secure a ticket to compete against New
Zealand, South Africa, Italy and Namibia in Pool B at the World Cup.