RUGBY: Ambaka named in Simbas squad for Tunisia encounter

RUGBY: Ambaka named in Simbas squad for Tunisia encounter

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Willy Ambaka will make his test debut after making the Simbas starting line up for Saturday’s Rugby Africa Gold Cup tie against visiting Tunisia at the RFUEA Ground. The former LOU Rugby, Western Province and Manawatu man is a regular fixture for Kenya’s Sevens team, Shujaa, in addition to  being a  household name on the Sevens World Series and will start on the wing as the Simbas seek to build on their  three match winning streak in this tournament which also serves as the African qualifying round for the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan. Ambaka comes in for Felix Ayange who is rested for this encounter.

Head Coach Ian Snook, commenting on Ambaka’s selection, said, ” Willy spoke to me after the Uganda game and indicated his interest so Roly and I did some research with Manawatu in NZ where he had played previously and the reports were extremely positive. We watched a bit of footage in the Manawatu colours and decided he would fit in well to this group. Now he has a chance to show how good he can be in XV’s and we wish him all the best.”

Ambaka is one of  only two changes to the side that started the 38-22 home win over Uganda at the same venue on Saturday 7 July 2018, the other being Martin Owilah who starts ahead of George Nyambua at blindside.

Here is the full squad that is set to face Tunisia at the weekend.

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Simbas squad to face Tunisia
15. Vincent Mose (Resolution Impala Saracens), 14. William Ambaka (Kenya Harlequin)*, 13. Peter Kilonzo (KCB), 12. Darwin Mukidza (KCB), 11. Jacob Ojee (KCB), 10. Isaac Adimo (Kenya Harlequin), 9. Samson Onsomu (Resolution Impala Saracens), 1. Patrick Ouko (Menengai Cream Homeboyz), 2. Colman Were (Kabras Sugar), 3. Joseph Odero (Kabras Sugar), 4. Andrew Chogo (Kabras Sugar), 5. Oliver Mang’eni (KCB), 6. Martin Owilah (KCB), 7. Elkeans Musonye (Strathmore Leos), 8. Davis Chenge (KCB/Captain) REPLACEMENTS 16. Peter Karia (KCB), 17. Moses Amusala (KCB), 18. Hillary Mwanjilwa (Kabras Sugar), 19.Malcolm Onsando (Kenya Harlequin), 20. George Nyambua (Kabras Sugar), 21. Mohamed Omollo, 22. Maxwell Kang’eri (Menengai Cream Homeboyz), 23. Tony Onyango (Menengai Cream Homeboyz)

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