This Is What Kenya Rugby Players Earn


Kenya 7s 
This is one of the highest paid national team not only in rugby but across a number of team sports in Kenya. The Kenya 7s players are paid by the number of caps/tournaments one has played. The more matches you’ve played the richer you get.

As of 2016/2017 HSBC World Sevens Series, those who have played 0-15 tournaments earned Ksh100,000 per month before 35% tax. These are first time players.

A tournament is one leg in the World Sevens series eg Dubai 7s or Las Vegas 7s. A full season has 10 tournaments.

15-29 caps get Ksh115,000 per month. These are players who have been there for close to two seasons and above.

30-44 caps take home Ksh140,000 per month before tax. These are players who have been on the team for a long time.

Group A features those who have played 45 tournaments and above in the World Sevens Series and above. These ones earn Ksh165,000.

Part-time players who are not on contract earn Ksh50,000 per month but drops to Ksh35,000 after tax.

Apart from the monthly salary, Kenya 7s players get Ksh8,000 as travel allowance in every outing.(Dubai and Cape Town 7s is an example of an outing).

For any cup win, like Singapore 7s, the Sevens players are assured of USD6,000(Ksh600,000), finishing second they get USD3,000(Ksh300,000), USD1500(KSh150,000) for a cup semis place finish and USD1000(Ksh100,000) for a fifth-place finish formerly known as Plate win.

In a good month, if Kenya finishes fifth in of the ten tournaments, a 15-cap player will take home Ksh266,000 after adding travelling allowance and monthly salary.

The Sevens players are only contracted between November 1 and May 30 when they are in season.

Kenya Simbas 
The national 15s team also known as #SimbaNiMoja is only in action during the June and November internationals. They are paid per training session and on matchdays. They are yet to receive Kenya Sevens-like contracts.

Each training session for Kenya Simbas is paid Ksh2,000 with a week likely to have up to six sessions which makes it Ksh12,000.

For any match played, the Simbas players earn Ksh10,000. Ksh10,000 will be added if they get a win. Captain of the days earns more than the players.

In 2017, Kenya Simbas played 12 matches. No player has featured in all the matches.

Going out on tour the players will be paid USD150(Ksh 15,000).

In 2017, they travelled to South Africa for a 10-day camp, went to Uganda for the Elgon Cup, visited Zimbabwe and Namibia for Africa Gold Cup and were in Hong Kong for the four nations.

Bonus from Sportpesa ranges from USD100 to USD1,000 depending on the opponent taken down, and magnitude of the win.

Kenya Lionesses
The national women’s sevens side is rarely in action as they only take part in Africa 7s, Dubai 7s and additional tournaments like Commonwealth games and invitational tournaments.

These girls earn Ksh1,000 per training session. There are up to three sessions per week. For every tournament they go like the just concluded Africa 7s in Tunisia, they earn Ksh15,000.

Kenya Under 20 
This is the junior team popularly known as Chipu. They only play three matches per year, the Africa Cup.

A match allowance in the Kenya Under 20 team is Ksh10,000 per tournament while a training session is Ksh500. Training sessions may be three per week.

Kenya Harlequins
Now sponsored by betting firm Sportpesa as well as other sponsors, Quins are said to be having the best training allowance scheme.

A reliable source told us that Quins players have a monthly retainer, match allowance, win allowance, allowance for a win with bonus while some players get an extra monthly allowance for special needs.

Quins also pay housing for those in need and education too and the entire technical bench is on a monthly stipend.

Impala Saracens
Impala are sponsored by Resolution Insurance and have a partnership with UK based Saracens Rugby Club. They are part of the global Saracens clubs.

All the players (senior squad, ESS and junior team) have a medical cover.

For every win at Impala Saracens, every player will earn Ksh3500. Training allowance per day is Ksh250 which amounts to Ksh1000 every week or the number of sessions one attends.

One of the club’s officials confirmed that the amount the players per month ranges between Khs16,000 and 20,000 per month.

The Kenya Cup champions advocate for an average pay across all players as an official from the club told us. There is a training allowance for every session attended. KCB has four training sessions per week.

For a month, team one players get Ksh25,000 on average if when on national duty.

If they win a tournament or the league, they also get something. KCB CEO Joshua Oigara awarded them with Ksh5 million when they won the 2017 Kenya Cup.

Strathmore Leos 
This is a team from Strathmore University. They do not provide any allowance or payment but offer scholarships to students-players.

 “Being a University team we are an amateur side thus we do not offer financial rewards for players but we offer other benefits. A comprehensive medical cover is one of the benefits”, said Strathmore director of Sports Sylvia Kamau.

Kabras Sugar 
The 2016 Kenya Cup champions are one of the top-paying clubs in the Kenya Cup. They have invested heavily in the last four years bring players from Uganda and as far as Fiji.

Kabras Sugar, however, offers full-time jobs where players work in the Sugar company during the day and play in the evening.

They have no daily allowances since players are paid on monthly basis.

Menengai Cream Homeboyz
Homeboyz, sponsored by Menengai Cream, pays their players per match and training allowances. They are the fastest-growing club in Kenya and able to attract top quality players.

Homeboyz also offers jobs to qualified players as well as paying school fees to a number of players who are still in school.

The oldest club in Kenya, who were the first team in Kenya to have a physiotherapist, has training allowances paid to players after a month or any agreed plan between management and players.

Match allowance depends on the opponent they defeat and is paid in tiers. There are four tiers.

In tier one, if they beat a top side who reached Kenya Cup final)KCB and Kabras) they earn Ksh6,000.

Tier two includes defeating teams that reached Kenya Cup quarters(Homeboyz, Quins, Impala and Mwamba)where they take home Ksh4,000.

Tier three is for beating mid-table teams, those that finished seventh, eighth and ninth (Nakuru RFC and Strathmore). Beating these, the Nondies players get Ksh2000.

The last allowance tier (Ksh1000) features teams that finished between 10, 11 and 12th in the last Kenya Cup season. These teams include Blak Blad, Western Bulls and Mean Machine). With Bulls and Machine going to division II, Kisii RFC and Mombasa will take their slots. 

Nakuru RFC 
The former Kenya Cup champions are sponsored by Top Fry and recently acquired Mitch Ochola as their new head coach from Strathmore Leos.

A win at Nakuru RFC popularly known as Wanyore will earn you an allowance while a win without a bonus still has an allowance. Nakuru RFC also pays training allowances on daily basis.

We understand with the help of Menengai, Nakuru RFC will be offering scholarships from 2018.

Mean Machine
The University of Nairobi side recently got relegated from top-flight rugby but they are known for offering a bit better scheme of allowance.

Players are given Ksh4100 every outing they do outside Nairobi with matches around the City said to be bringing Ksh400.

This cash comes out before the students leave the school for matches.

Blak Blad 
Our research shows Blad, a team from Kenyatta University, is one of the lowest earning teams in the top flight rugby. 

Menengai Oilers
Formed in 2016, the Nakuru based side is probably one of the best paying teams in the Championship, second-tier league.

Oilers are backed by Menengai Refineries and pay Ksh1200 per week if you make the team. If you train but fail to make the matchday 23, you take home Ksh800 every week.

The minimum a player will get at Menengai Oilers per month is Ksh8800. 

Rugby has three pillars; Playing, Coaching and officiating. Referees play a key role in any Union across the World. If one pillar falls, the other two won’t work.

The Kenya Rugby Referees under their society have a payment plan per match in the Kenya Cup and some of them get to officiate the Rugby Afrique matches and World Rugby competitions.

Most of Kenya Rugby referees have another job or doing something else.

Officiating a Kenya Cup match, a referee is paid Ksh1500 as well as the two assistant referees.

During the sevens circuit like Kabeberi 7s, the refs get Ksh4000 per weekend with extra facilitation fee as per the region one comes from. Those coming from Nairobi and its environs get an extra KSh1000 while those from Nakuru and other parts get an extra Ksh1700.

The Kenya Cup referees take charge of competitions like Kenya Secondary School Sports Association (KSSSA) Sevens and 15s. The national games run for around one week where the refs take home between Ksh28,000 and 30,000.

Officiating Prescott Cup, Damu Pevu and Damu Changa bring in Ksh1000 per match with the Union paying for facilitation fee.

During the Safari 7s, the refs are paid Ksh5000 per day which amounts to Ksh15,000 for the entire weekend with the assistants taking home Ksh3000 per day.

Continental duties, Africa 7s and Africa Gold Cup, are paid by the administrator, Rugby Afrique who pay 90 Euros (Ksh10, 000).

Looking at another Union, New Zealand has seven full-time referees, but with provincial match fees ranging from around KSh20, 000 for Heartland games through to KSH50, 000 for Mitre 10 Cup, everyone outside that elite bracket juggles another job.   

Super Rugby whistlers are full-time, receiving six-figure salaries and a car. With test match payments factored in pay packets can edge towards Ksh20, 600, 000 in some cases.

In conclusion, The Kenya Rugby Union defines a Contracted Player as one who receives material benefits in form of allowances, education fees, housing, monthly stipend etc. exceeding Ksh 3,750 per week or Ksh 15,000 per month.

Professional rugby players in England are among the highest compensated in the world. During the 2010 to 2011 season, the players in the Aviva Premiership — England’s top rugby league — earned an average of 85,000 pounds sterling — approximately $130,000.

The top professional rugby players in France receive the highest salaries in the world.  Dan Carter topped this list as the highest paid rugby player in the world with a salary of $1.84 million in 2011.

In general, rugby professional rugby players outside of the top-paying leagues like Kenya, Uganda and Zimbabwe earn much less. Professional rugby only exists in several dozen countries in the world and employment opportunities are limited.

How Hong Kong 7s Went For Kenyan Boys

Kenya Sevens’ outing in Hong Kong 7s ended in disappointment as they lost 21-19  to Scotland in the Challenge Trophy final on Sunday.

Frank Wanyama and Dennis Ombachi had given the Innocent Simiyu boys a 14-12 lead at the break but the London 7s defending champions regrouped to take a lead via James Fleming with Scot Wight adding the extras. 


Andrew Amonde’s 41st try of his sevens career was however not enough as the hooter had already gone. 

Kenya bagged seven points in Hong Kong to have 47 in total ahead of next weekend’s Singapore Sevens where they go as the defending champions. 


Fiji Champions 

Fiji won their third Hong Kong 7s title for a third year in a row beating series leaders South Africa 22-0 in the final.

It was Fiji’s first cup in 2016/2017 series as they touched down four times and completing one conversion.  Sevuloni Mocenacagi and Mesulame Kunavula’s tries gave Fiji a 10-0 lead at the break before Kalione Nasoko’s double sealed the win.

Fiji 7s

Australia finished third by beating USA 26-19, New Zealand secured a fifth place finish by beating Argentina, Scotland scopped the challenge trophy with a 21-19 win over Kenya while Japan finished 13th courtesy of a 28-21 win over Wales.

Fiji will go to next weekend’s Singapore 7s seeded top where they will play Russia, Canada and Hong Kong in pool A. 

Kenya Sevens is banded in pool C of the eighth round of HSBC World sevens series, Singapore Sevens set for this coming weekend.

Kenya go as the defending champions and will take on Australia, Argentina and Samoa after going out in challenge trophy final in Hong Kong.

Mike Friday’s USA who finished fourth in Hong Kong are in pool D with New Zealand, Scotland and Wales.

Hong Kong 7s winners Fiji are seeded top and will take on Canada, Russia and Hong Kong who come in as an invitational side after failing to secure the automatic slot.

Hong Kong 7s runner-up South Africa are in pool B where they will take on Cape Town 7s champions England, France and Japan.

-Photos by Getty Images and World Rugby

Kenya 7s Coach Expresses Optimism Ahead of Hong Kong 7s

Kenya Sevens head coach Innocent Simiyu remains optimistic his team will perform well in Hong Kong Sevens despite two late withdrawals by key players.

With Dan Sikuta and Willy Ambaka pulling out from the travelling party late, Simiyu said, “ We are hoping to do a bit of adaptation in terms of positions so we can cover these gaps. We have to deal with the resources that we have, we have some players who will double up in some positions. Collins (Injera), with his experience can play either wing or center, Oli (Oliech) who can play any position from flyhalf to wing, Bush (Mwale) who can play center or hooker….We are trying to adapt the players to be able to cover at least two positions. That is what we will do to mitigate the absence of the two forwards.”

Watch Innocent Simiyu here:



Kenya Rugby Launches 4DX Fabric Kits

Kenya Sevens will wear new shirts when they take to the filed during the seventh round of the HSBC World Sevens Series, Hong Kong 7s from Friday April 7, 2017. 

The colours that are featured on the shirt are all said to have different meanings. Black is to represent the people of the Republic of Kenya, whilst red is for the blood shed during the fight for independence. Green is for the country’s landscape and natural wealth and white is used to symbolise peace and honesty.


A pattern of dots has been placed on the left sleeve of the shirt, along with the traditional Maasai shield, to create an image of the Kenyan flag. The Maasai shield, with the spears, is said to represent the defence of the country’s freedom.


The African lion taken from the KRU logo, placed across the body of both shirts, is representative of the courage of the Kenyan people, as well as highlighting the country’s proud association with the animal. 


The OMG ICONIX™ test rugby jerseys on-field features including high performance 4DX fabric, integrated performance collar and anti-pinch underarm panelling allow a full range of movement and use Samurai’s exclusive wicking and breathable PerformeX™ fabrics. 


Vancouver 7s: England win, Kenya 7s falls as Norton Ties With Injera

Kenya 7s falls to Samoa as Vancouver 7s ends

Kenya Sevens was on Sunday evening bundled out of Vancouver 7s after losing 7-21 to Samoa in the challenge trophy semis in Canada.

Kenya leaves Canada with only five points ahead of the seventh round of the sevens series, Hong Kong in April 2017.


Sammy Oliech scored the sole try for Kenya with Eden Agero making the conversion as Alex Samoa, Joe Perez and Savelio Ropati touched down for Samoa. Samoa will now play Wales in the challenge final. 

In Vancouver, Kenya lost 14-28 to England and 5-15 to South Africa before beating Chile 26-19 in pool matches. They went ahead to beat Scotland 19-17 and eventually fall 26-7 to Samoa in the challenge trophy semis.

Oyoo Norton

England win Vancouver 7s

England are the champions of the second edition of Vancouver 7s after beating series leaders South Africa 19-7 this morning in Canada.

England ran in three tries with one conversion against South Africa’s converted touchdown. De Carpentier, Tom Mitchell and Dan Norton scored for the champions as Mitchell converted Carpentier and his own try while S Soyizwapi scored the South Afrcian side with Cecil Afrika made the conversion.

Series defending champions Fiji finished third with 28-24 win over USA, New Zealand finished fifth after beating Argentina 17-14, Wales took home the Challenge trophy after beating Samoa 19-12 while Scotland finished 13th after beating Japan 24-19.

Canada England 

England remain the only nation to have beaten South Africa in the current campaign and this was the third time.

England have now won two gold medals in the season after bagging Cape Town sevens while South Africa were appearing in their sixth record consecutive final. 

Kenya 7s drops in standings after Vancouver 7s

Kenya has dropped one places in the latest World sevens series standings after Vancouver sevens.

Kenya is now 12th down from 11 with 40 points after six rounds with four to go. The Innocent Boys were bundled out of Vancouver 7s in the challenge trophy semis after going down 7-21 to Samoa to collect only five points.

With only Hong Kong, Singapore, Paris and London 7s remaining in the series, Kenya is 86 points behind leaders South Africa and 17 behind seventh placed Argentina.

England, the new winners of Vancouver 7s, returned to second with 103 after collecting 19 points while Fiji drop to third with 100 courtesy of winning Bronze in Canada.

Vancouver 7s dethroned champions New Zealand are fourth with 84 while United States, who have reached Cup semis in Vegas and Vancouver, climb to fifth with 67.


Injera, Norton tie as all time top scorers

England star Dan Norton has tied with Kenya’s Collins Injera as the HSBC World sevens series all time top scorer with after Vancouver 7s.


Injera and Norton now have 244 tries, Santiago Gomez of Argentina is third with 240, Ben Gollings of England stays third with 220 while Seabelo Senatla of South Africa is fourth in the all time list with 189.


In Vancouver, Norton was named the HSBC Player of the Final for his performance against South Africa, won the Cup title helping his side with a try in the final AND won the DHL Impact Player award with 12 tackles, 10 line breaks, two offloads and 32 carries. What a guy.


In the current season Norton has 33 tries as Injera has touched down nine times, South Africa’s Seabelo Senatla has 32, Perry Baker, who hit his 100th in Vancouver, is third with 24.


Kenya Sevens eye Cape Town Sevens

Kenya Sevens will kick-off the Cape Town Sevens against France Sevens at 12.43pm on Saturday December 10, 2016 in Cape Town, South Africa.

World Rugby Sevens series released the fixtures as Kenya is banded in pool B with France, Fiji and Japan. Interestingly, Kenya fell to France 22-14 in the opening match of Dubai Sevens that was won by South Africa.

Kenya’s second match will be at 4.26pm against series defending champions Fiji before closing the day with Japan at 7.50pm. In 2015’s Cape Town Sevens, Kenya reached the semifinals only to lose to Argentina who went ahead to lose to hosts South Africa.


Kenya Sevens Fixtures:
Kenya vs France 12.43pm
Kenya vs Fiji 4.26pm
Kenya vs Japan 7.50pm


Cape Town Sevens Fixtures:
Scotland vs Samoa 11.15am
Wales vs Uganda 11.37am
New Zealand vs Argentina 11.59am
England vs Canada 12.21pm
France vs Kenya 12.43pm
Fiji vs Japan 1.05pm
Australia vs USA 1.27pm
South Africa vs Russia 1.49pm

Scotland vs Uganda 2.36pm
Wales vs Samoa 2.58pm
New Zealand vs Canada 3.20pm
England vs Argentina 3.42pm
France vs Japan 4.04pm
Fiji vs Kenya 4.26pm
Australia vs Russia 4.48pm
South Africa vs USA 5.10pm

Samoa vs Uganda 5.57pm
Wales vs Scotland 6.17pm
Argentina vs Canada 6.41pm
England vs New Zealand 7.03pm
Kenya vs Japan 7.50pm
Fiji vs France 8.12pm
USA vs Russia 8.34pm
South Africa vs Australia 8.56pm

Thank you Kenya Sevens

2015/2016 HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series ended on Sunday evening in London and Kenya Sevens is absolutely the team of the year.

It’s an Olympic year and so the competition for the Soya awards will be stiff but I don’t see any other team that will do what the Rugby team has done all through this year.

Kenya Sevens went into the series at position 13 and finished at 7th with 98 points and even though we didn’t break Mike Friday’s 2013 record of 99 points, the boys really performed more than we expected.

The entire season has been all about Olympics where everyone wanted to try his players in preparation for the Rio 7s and we were also not left behind.

Winning Singapore Sevens was the best moment ever, beating series leaders and defending champions Fiji. This motivated other middle-ranked teams like Samoa and Scotland who went ahead to win the Paris and London 7s. Who expected they would win?

Collins Injera finally broke the all time try scorer record and no article can describe how grateful we are to the Mwamba RFC winger.

Twickenham has indeed been a special venue for Injera as it is the place he grabbed his first try, earned his 50th tournament, scored his 200th series try there last year, and now the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series try record of 235.

What a sevens series season we’ve had, talk of World Cup players crossing over, NFL players chasing Olympics, the Ioane brothers, spectacular performance by Japan, a wonderful Vancouver Sevens and the three days in Hong Kong; surely we can’t wait for next season.

Going to Rio there is nothing else but to wish the Kenya Sevens all the best as it has been proved in the last six months, anyone can win a Sevens leg and Olympics will be no different. It only matters how you take to the game.

Thank you Kenya Sevens!