- The Kenya Rugby League (KRL) is dreaming staging a competent team to the 2025 Rugby League World Cup. Just a month after the first tournament was played in Nairobi.
“Plans were underway for an international test match series against South Africa and Spain September this year in Nairobi before the novel coronavirus interrupted the schedule,” KRL chairman Richard Nyakwaka said
“Spreading the game across will help to develop the interest by creating a “thick” market for everyone. It will also be easier for sponsors and media coverage with matches being played at a central place,” noted Nyakwaka,
“Of course like any new venture, there are challenges with resources, but we have been overwhelmed by the interest of young rugby players who want to join rugby league,” explained Nyakwaka.
“We have progressed talks with potential sponsors, who were coming through, but corona has stalled everything.”
Responding to the question, how has KRL managed to form clubs with ease in a short time? Nyakwaka said there are more players but fewer clubs at the Kenya Rugby Union (KRU) and others have been struggling to get a position in top clubs.
“Most of them are crossing and more so, we are targeting secondary school leavers,” said Nyakwaka, adding that they are in talks with KRU officials about cross-code playing, and everyone seems to agree with it.
“We want players to be allowed to exploit opportunities and more so maximize benefits during their playing career, which doesn’t last forever in both platforms, the rugby league, and rugby union,” said Nyakwaka.
Nyakwaka said they have embarked on a rugby intellectual pursuit, to pride Kenya with having both codes, as an emerging superpower in rugby globally. He is striving to keep going the Rugby League that started back in the mid 90’s courtesy of Edward Rombo, who played both rugby union and rugby league in the United Kingdom.
Nyakwaka emphasis that One thing KRL should do is to lobby for the continuous talent development for age-grade with students playing the sport throughout the year.