By Now you have probably heard. In fact as I write this blog, the boys should already be knee deep into their 1st match of the pool stage. Kenya XVs quest for progress and relevance has taken them to Cape Town, where they will be contesting the Vodacom Cup as the Tusker Simba XV
This is the latest of numerous interventions done with the dream of Kenya making her maiden appearance at the Rugby World Cup. Or at least show some of the breakthroughs that have been witnessed at the more successful 7s national team.
There have been several promises to bring over 2nd tier nations from Europe and South America that did not work out. There was the Elgon Cup, which grew into the Victoria Cup before collapsing in heap. There has also been the on off participation in the Junior World rugby TrophyThis was t the international level
At the club level there is the Bamburi Rugby Super Series, which goes from strength to strength, as well as efforts to grow the kenya Cup-Eric Shirley Shield and the Enterprise Cup.
All these driven by the quest to get the XVs team to catch up with with the level of growth that the Sevens lads have seen.
This intervention, on the other hand is a whole different approach. The Vodacom Cup is a South African Competitiobn that as far as I know is essentially a finishing school fro Rugby players en route to the wonderful world of Super Rugby, Tri-Nations and all the glory that goes with it.
The gist of Kenya’s participation, is that the several week of grueling competition will prepare the team mentally and cohesionally (hiyo ni neno?) to finally pip Namibia to that Africa slot. Is this a long term thing or a once off entry?
I guess we will find out with time. Meanwhile I should be googleing scores, no?