Wednesday 15 May 2013
The performance of the Kenya Rugby Sevens team during the just concluded season brought happiness to millions of Kenyans. The team also earned admiration worldwide.
However, publicity surrounding alleged changes to the team’s coaching staff stole the limelight that the team rightfully deserves for being acclaimed as one of the top five teams in the world.
The Kenya Rugby Union (KRU) has this evening held a board meeting to address this issue and has taken action.
Mike Friday will handle Kenya at the Rugby World Cup Sevens in Moscow. He will however undergo a review of the just ended season on 30th May and once we do the review, we will let everybody know the step. As far as the KRU is concerned, Mike Friday will handle the team up to the World Cup, and the outcome of the review will be communicated to everyone.
However, while congratulating everyone associated with the great performance of the National Sevens team, as the chairman of the KRU, I wish to offer my sincere apologies to all our benefactors, Kenyan citizens, our sponsors( Kenya Airways, the Government of Kenya, Coca-Cola, Garmin, Samurai, Brookhouse Schools, East African Breweries Limited and indeed Migaa, who have a keen eye on supporting the fifteens version of the game) for the recent actions which may seem to have poured cold water on the exemplary performance of the boys.
The recent utterances and actions lacked in decorum, and were issued in the heat of the moment. However, after a tempering of passions, all will be well. Our focus now returns to the building of our sport as we prepare for the forthcoming Rugby World Cup Sevens in Moscow, Russia from 28th to 30th June 2013.
Click HERE to download the press statement
Watch the press conference video HERE