The Kenyan rugby fraternity has been thrown into frenzy with confirmation that two matches of the prestigious Currie Cup will be played in Nairobi in June.
The national rugby 15s team Simba will host its two home matches at the RFUEA Grounds, starting with a duel against Leopards on June 4 before squaring out with Eastern Province Elephants on June 11.
“It’s not easy to get somebody from a country with everything to come and play in Nairobi, and we are very confident that we will make this a worthwhile experience for the players to come and enjoy rugby in Nairobi. We are very happy as it also an opportunity for Kenyan fans to watch the Simbas before they head off to the RWC qualifiers,” Kenya Rugby Union Chairman (KRU) Oduor Gangla said.
Kenya is using the Currie Cup to prepare for the Rugby World Cup qualifiers slated for July in Marseille, France.
Apart from serving local fans top-class entertainment, KRU hopes that the matches will also sharpen the 15 squad as they seek to book a slot at the global showpiece.
“It has been a phenomenal experience for our team to play against fully professional sides in the Currie Cup. All this is part of our build up for the Rugby World Cup qualifiers happening in July this year,” added Gangla.
Simba head coach Paul Odera pledged to be a good host, promising the visiting teams some good time in the East African nation.
“I can assure the EP Elephants and the Leopards that away from the rugby field, you will experience the warm hospitality of the Kenyan people,” Odera said.