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.

KCB 
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.

Nondies 
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. 

Referees 
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.

Sepetuka 7s Seals Deal With Jambojet

The fourth leg of the National Sevens Rugby circuit takes place this weekend when Kenya Cup side Homeboyz RFC hosts the Sepetuka 7s Rugby Festival.

The event themed as a sports, music and family fair will be held at the Eldoret Sports Club kicking off on Saturday, September 30th till Sunday, October 1st.

According to Homeboyz RFC chairman Myke Rabar, the Sepetuka 7s Rugby Festival aims to redefine sports entertainment in the country and will attract a cross section of the sporting and fun loving public.

“We are delighted to bring Sepetuka 7s Rugby Festival to Eldoret as part of the National 7s circuit. We urge all Rugby and sports fans to come out in large numbers to chill with friends, enjoy the wonderful grills that will be on offer while partaking of the thrill of world-class Rugby,” said Rabar.

Speaking after signing a sponsorship agreement with Jambojet Limited, who are the tournaments’ official airline partner for Homeboyz RFC, Rabar said the event had so far received sponsorship support to the tune of Kes 7.5 Million.

“This partnership with Homeboyz RFC, the current reigning champions of the National 7s Rugby circuit gives us a great opportunity to connect even closer to the Eldoret community and especially our desired passenger, who perhaps has never flown on an airplane before”, said Judy Waruiru, Head of Sales and Marketing at Jambojet.

Waruiru added that the budget airline plans to expand across the region by introducing new routesin the near future. Jambojet currently operates eighteen flights a week to Eldoret.

Other sponsors who have come on board for Sepetuka 7s Rugby Festival include Telkom Kenya, East African Breweries through their Tusker brand, Menengai Cream and Homeboyz Entertainment who are the event managers.

Sepetuka 7s Rugby Festival follows the just concluded Prinsloo 7s tournament in Nakuru, this past weekend and which was won by KCB RFC after beating Nakuru RFC 29 – 5.

Homeboyz RFC, who are also the reigning champions of the National 7s series are currently leading the standings with 51 points after the 3rd leg and will be out to cement their lead in Eldoret. Nakuru and Oilers close off the top three with 46 and 43 points respectively.

Post-Driftwoods: SGR, Anuba and Monday Morning

National Sevens Circuit kicked off this past weekend with the Driftwood 7s in Mombasa in what was a clear indication of what to come next.

Hundreds of fans from Nairobi traveled to Mombasa as they couldn’t afford to be left out for the best experience, maybe ever.

This was all because of the much hyped SGR. It was packed for the Friday trip to Mombasa and Monday’s return to Nairobi. Tusker had also sponsored a number of them through #RugbyNaTusker campaign.

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Inside the train, you would think you’re somewhere around Quins bar. Waiters and waitresses very busy. Everyone was excited waiting to arrive in Mombasa for a weekend of rugby and fun.

Rugby action kicked off on Saturday morning but Coasterians started checking in at around 5pm for the big night at Mombasa Sports Club. For those who wished to party at the Mombasa Sports Club did so up to around 10pm before heading back to their rooms to freshen up then start the night.

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There is a kaplace in Nyali called Anuba Lounge. They all met here for the showdown and enjoy the real meaning of DRIFWOOD 7s.

Biryani was also the order of the weekend as this was the only opportunity for one to get a good and real plate of one unlike in Nairobi where you don’t trust the Biryani made here. Barka and Tarboush restaurants took good care of this. I am sure some passed by on Monday morning to buy a take away to Nairobi. 

Biryani

All was not fun though as some big teams were receiving beating right, left and centre. It started with Mean Machine stunning Impala Saracens before KCB won two matches and failed to qualify for cup quarters despite being one of the favorites.

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Mwamba were beaten squarely to drop to challenge trophy and were on the verge of getting relegated ahead of their home tournament. They would have invited themselves, funny. Homeboyz won the tournament as it was expected.

On Sunday evening, guys went back to Anuba lounge. Rugby players also joined. What happens in Mombasa stays in Mombasa. Some were even checking in as late as 5.57am as some left Anuba in the morning direct to the Mombasa terminus. 

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Heading back to Nairobi the train was super silent unlike on Friday morning when it was like a NASA rally. The irritating thing about the train to Nairobi is you have to be there by 8 am meaning you’ll wake up by 6am after a weekend full of activities; you’ll probably not take breakfast in your hotel while others will carry their bottles to the train.

Most dozed off till Nairobi terminus thinking of how tomorrow(Tuesday) they are going back to work waiting for the next trip.

While others, 

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Next trip comes in two weeks when rugby heads to Nakuru for the Prinsloo while Dala 7s in Kisumu is just around the corner. But first,

But first, twende Kabeberi 7s.

England 7s Star Visits Nairobi

England Sevens star Ruaridh Mcconnochie visited Kenyan based rugby side Nondescripts on Saturday to watch Bristish and Irish Lions beat Maori All Blacks. 

Mcconnochie is part of the England 7s that has had a fantastic HSBC World Sevens Series winning Vancouver and Cape Town 7s as well as beating phenomenal side South Africa thrice. 

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He has been in Kenya for one week where he visited Maasai Mara as well as joints in Nairobi ahead of his Saturday evening return to London as they prepare for 7s pre-season.

Watch full interview here:

 

 

Why I Ditched Flight For Bus To Kampala For Rugby

I had a ticket to fly to Kampala on Thursday evening to cover Kenya Simbas play Uganda in the first leg of the Elgon Cup but upon hearing that a group of fans were travelling to Kampala by a bus, I decided to join them because of the fun I would experience.

The trip was organized by Tusker who branded the fans and I cannot regret my decision to leave Kenya Airways for Modern Coast, that would take 14 hours.

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We left Nairobi at 7pm, few minutes after NASA and Jubilee fans had cleared roads after a long week of campaigns. Just like KQ, Tusker man Poghie Ndonga served everyone with drinks.

We arrived at the Busia border at 4am and nightmares started by changing Kenyan notes to Ugandan, I had 400 in my pocket which translated to Ush14,000 instantly. Few hours later we were finally in Kampala and some of the fans had to take a nap to prepare for the day, Friday.

I spent better part of Friday interviewing both teams ahead of the match even though there was serious network problem to send my stories early enough for news bulletin but finally I managed after settling at Legends Bar(Quins ya Uganda) where Tusker was retailing at sh140 plus a Wifi token. No free things there. 

Syoks

Friday evening finally came, time to party. But one thing to note is the distance between clubs in Kampala, they are kilometers apart. One is in like Kilimani and the other one is in a place like Imara Daima.

Kampala Djs are not that boring but they were not up to what the likes of Dj Hassan, Dj Andie and Dj Bash give us back in the 254. They would play some Kenyan beats little did they know we don’t really love them that much. 

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Game day on Saturday was colorful with up to 1000 fans donning Kenyan colours ready to support #SimbaNiMoja with an eye to evening’s after party.

All Kenyans decided to seat on the VVIP dias, because it was so cheap with cheap Tusker but expensive in Ugandan shillings. Luckily the Kenyan team came from behind to win the game giving Kenyans a chance to enjoy the night which started at exactly 6.24pm after the final whistle.

Poghie na Tusker

Unlike at Quins where gather at the bar after the game, in Uganda the after-party was right by the pitch where the Djs had set their 5 by 5 ka-stage.

However, by 12am the Dj had a crowd of less than 40 people as Kenyans, with their club-hopping behaviours, had shifted to other clubs in Kampala even though most of them were just following others because they didn’t know where the B-clubs, Space et of Kampala are located.

Alchemist club was one of the joints people shifted to a point where you could not say it’s somewhere in Ngong road or Museveni’s territory.

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What woke up to in the morning was hotel attendant saying, in Ugandan, “Sir are you planning to spend another night here so that we can process a new bill?” I didn’t know it was past check–out time.

3pm came and we were back to the Modern Coast again, now we were calling it Modern Coast Airlines with hopes it could fly us to Nairobi instead of another 14 hours on the road and Monday being just few hours away.

Fan

At the border now going back to Kenya, one is required to fill a form that has some interesting questions.

First question was ‘your intended length of stay back in Kenya? Bearing in mind we are Kenyans some of those wrote until ‘Jesus comes back’ while the most interesting one was the purpose of traveling to Uganda where one said ‘Kenya 23 Uganda 18’ the final score of the game.

The next trip will be in July but within Kenya, to Mombasa for Driftwood 7s before returning to Uganda against in October for Africa sevens.

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Kenya Rugby Fans Paint Kampala Red

Kenyans traveled in large numbers to Kampala Uganda to watch Simbas, national 15s rugby team, play Uganda Cranes painting the country’s capital red.

Fans from Nairobi based Kenya Cup sides, Western teams and those living in Uganda were in full force to cheer their team who came from behind to see off Cranes 23-18.

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Fans arrived as early as 1pm at Legends Rugby grounds singing popular rugby song just like they are known at the World sevens series stage whenever Kenya 7s is playing.

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Homeboyz Radio brought you minute to minute update from Kampala making sure you don’t miss anything now that there was no broadcasting of the game.

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The fans were however left disappointing in the first half as Kenya could not handle Uganda pressure by trailing 18-10 at the break despite an early 10-0 lead in the first half. 

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Top Sevens rugby players led by Mwamba crew Collins Injera, Humphrey Kayange, Billy Odhiambo, Lavin Asego, Horace Otieno, Michael Agevi and other were also present to cheer the team. 

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Until next time, see you Uganda. Love! 
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Mayonde Set To Perform At Tatu City Rugby Match

The beautiful Songstress Mayonde is set perform the National Anthem during the Tatu City Test Match pitting Kenya and Germany on Saturday May 27, 2017 at RFUEA grounds, Nairobi.

Whenever national teams are playing anywhere in the world it’s a requirement to sing the national anthem and this time round it will be Mayonde to lead the rugby crowd at RFUEA.

The artist took to Instagram to share the news expressing how honored she is to be performing.

Kenya Rugby Union has announced that early bird tickets for test have officially gone on sale.

The early bird tickets are available online on http://tikiti.co.ke/geteventfinal/96  and via M-Pesa paybill 557163 account name KenvGer

Germany have already named the travelling squad with Kenya set to return to Nairobi on Sunday May 21, 2017 from South Africa where they are holding a 10-day camp.

 

Kidero Hosts Mwamba Rugby Club

 

Mwamba Rugby Club on Thursday paid a courtesy call to the Nairobi City County Governor Dr Evans Kidero at his City Hall office.

Dr Kidero was briefed on the club’s rich history, achievements and progress.  The governor was instrumental in helping Mwamba Rugby Club secure sponsorship from Mumias Sugar during his time as the chief executive.

“My relationship with Mwamba started way back when Mumias Sugar started supporting the club and it has grown during the my time at City Hall. I will continue supporting the club and rugby,” Dr Kidero said.

The club delegation was led by club president Mr Alvas Onguru and chairman Mr George Mbaye. The others in attendance were former players and club officials Mr Dave Mshila, Allan Gachoki, Richard Quicks Nyakwaka and Kahara Miano and Kigara Kamweru.

Kidero

The playing unit was represented by head coach Kevin Wambua, team manager Edwin Waita and captain Salaton Muturi. The others were Humphrey Kayange, Collins Injera, Paul Mukia, George Mutuku, Patrick Ruhiu and Louis Kisia.

The governor promised to work closely with the club in developing the rugby game in the city. He also thanked Mwamba players in various  national teams for having put Nairobi on the global sporting map. “When you travel around the world and your introduce  yourself that you are from Kenya, people will immediately ask you about athletics and lately about rugby sevens. Thanks to Humphrey, Collins and their team mates for flying the Kenyan flag high,” he added.

On his part, the club president thanked the governor for his continued support and reiterated the need for Nairobi to be culturally alive. “Cities attract the best and brightest when their cultural side is alive. We grossly underestimate that. Where would London be without the West End. Or New York without Broadway.  Or the United Kingdom without football or New Zealand without the All Blacks. Through sports and specifically rugby, Nairobi has a chance cementing itself as the best sporting destination in Africa. Invest in sports and culture and you will have invested in thousands of youth,” he said.  

The governor is seeking re-election in the upcoming General Elections set for August 8,2017.

 

 

Photos: How Nakuru 10s Went Down

The Great Rift 10-aside tournament, popularly known as Nakuru 10s, happened over the Easter Weekend in Nakuru with so much taking place.

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There was of course plenty of rugby from Friday to Sunday with beautiful people attending in all the days. Crowd seems to be getting back to rugby and things may be like in 2013 and 2014 where rugby was the real thing back then. 

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Nakuru 10s got those pretty babes who know how to kill it no wonder the tournament has remained relevant for that long. 

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Easter weekend means there are four free days to party in Nakuru and some of us have never visited our family during this time for the last four years due to Nakuru 10s. With Homeboyz entertainment providing music there was no reason to miss the event. 

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Hosts Nakuru RFC enjoyed massive support from the attending fans but did not have a very good day one as they fell to Homeboyz in the last pool match while their new side Menengai Oilers was terrorizing the likes of Kenya Harlequins. 

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Homeboyz put Kenya Cup disappointment aside to bag Nakuru 10s title as they beat defending champions Strathmore Leos 22-0. Homeboyz ran in four tries and one conversion as Leos failed to cross over against a side that had two of their former players.

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Wanyore bagged plate courtesy of a 10-0 win over Impala Saracens, Kenya cup side Kabras Sugar beat Blak Blad 19-12 to win bowl while Egerton Wasps were shield winners after seeing off JKUAT Cougars 12-5.

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Easter Plan: Nakuru 10s

It’s that time of the year when we head down to Nakuru for a weekend of rugby.

Great Rift 10-aside, also known as Nakuru 10s, will be going down during the Easter Weekend from Friday to Sunday at the Nakuru Athletics Club.

The Kenya Cup side has announced entrance fee where on Friday it will be KSh200 and Ksh400 on Saturday and Sunday.

As usual the after-party will be right at the match venue under Homeboyz control on Saturday evening.

Nakuru 10s winner will bag Ksh500,000 with Strathmore Leos going as the defending champions.