In what started just three years ago, the Masaku International Sevens Rugby tournament has metamorphosed from being a just a sports event to a household, must-attend spectacle.
It has become one of the most attended and talked about events in the Kenya Rugby calendar, drawing participation from international teams and increasing attracting rugby fans from far and wide.
This year’s edition, the 4th since inception, will be a 6-day event kicking off on June 30th with schools and colleges rugby contest at the refurbished Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos County, the ‘Place to Be’. The main tourney will be on Saturday July 4 with curtains coming down a day later.
Two-time winners, Kenya Harlequins, Kenya Cup champions KCB and 2014 Masaku 7s finalists Homebozy are expected to lead a strong line up of Kenyan teams.
Fiji’s Tabadamu won last year’s edition trouncing Uganda U-19 30-15 in the Main Cup Final. The Fijians are expected to send a different team called Uprising alongside other international sides from Norway, Scotland, Spain, France and Argentina. Oslo Rugby and Tabasuro Ladies will represent Norway, Spain will send Bera Bera team, France the French Barbarians, Argentina Puerreydon, Edinburgh from Scotland and Boyne from Ireland.
The organizers of the event which works under the auspices of Machakos County Government have increased the winning prize money fourfold from Ksh. 500,000 to Ksh. 2 million.
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