- There has been silence since the rugby activities were suspended leaving the Nakuru Athletics Club (NAC) a quiet place. NAC is the home ground of the Nakuru Rugby Football Club popularly known as “Wanyore.”
At this time of the year, the popular club regarded as the only true home of rugby outside Nairobi is normally a beehive of activity. The noisiest Oginga Odinga road in Nakuru is now graving for action.
Edward Moseti, Nakuru RFC Director of Rugby has acknowledged the absence of action. He said, “It is a wonderful place to visit. You would most likely bump into some of the noisiest rugby fans in the cosmopolitan town.”
However, visiting the club at this time you would be forgiven for thinking that it is a neglected grazing field with overgrown grass, thanks to coronavirus pandemic which has halted rugby activities at the club.
“Nothing is going on here. Nothing. There is no activity at the club. We are slashing the overgrown grass to keep the pitch in good condition,” said Moseti.
“We are putting fertilizer on the ground and taking advantage of the heavy rains currently pounding Nakuru to ensure the pitch is well maintained ahead of the next season,” Moseti added.
“Following the cancellation of the season, we are waiting for communication from the Kenya Rugby Union (KRU) before activities can resume because before any rugby game is played, there must be a conditioning period of eight weeks for players to be in shape,” explained Moseti.
“Rugby is a full-contact game and players have taken a break of more than six weeks now and it means none of our players can pass any physical fitness test at the moment,” Moseti emphasizes
“We just hope this COVID-19 disease will be contained as our players were ready for a fruitful season,” concluded Moseti.
Nakuru was supposed to host an international 15s match in July between Kenya and Zimbabwe. “The international match was slated for July 18 but as things are now, the match has been canceled,” said the official.
Another annual event that has been suspended is the Prinsloo Sevens which was scheduled to mark the end of the National Sevens Circuit. It was set to be played in September.