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Christie 7s was first played in 1962, the, which was incorporated on to the Kenyan National Sevens Circuit in 1999 is the oldest running club 7s tournament in Kenya. It is named in honour of Alex ‘Sandy’ Milne Christie, a President of Kenya Harlequins’, veteran rugby player and referee.
This year’s 7s series is dubbed the Stanbic Bank National Sevens Circuit and after 5 rounds, Mwamba and Homeboys are at the clasp of victory. The grand finale of the series, Christie 7s, is taking place at the RFUEA Ground on 15th and 16th September.
Mwamba RFC are top seeds for this season’s finale, the Christie 7s taking place at the RFUEA Ground on 15th and 16th September. They sit second on the overall log with 92 points, 8 points adrift of leaders Menengai Cream Homeboyz who are on 100pts.
FOREIGN TEAMS WILL GRACE THE CHRISTIE 7S TOURNEY
The Emerging Uganda 7s team is a feeder side to the main Uganda sevens team. Uganda got its first ever back to back Rugby Africa 7’s titles in the 2016 & 2017. The idea of the emerging side stemmed from the need to ensure a contingency squad and succession plan was muted by coach Tolbert Onyango.
Notable players in this set up are Timothy Kisiga and Byron Oketayot who are going through their development path and show great promise in the years to come in terms of leadership and playing skills.
The Emerging side will arrive at 11 am on Friday. They will have a light training session at the RFUEA Grounds from 5pm and depart for Kampala on Monday at 11am.
The Tuks and Blue Bulls combined side is a mix of a pro rugby side and a university side. TUKs Rugby Club is the University of Pretoria team. It has been in existence for more than a century and is currently one of the top feeder sides to the national team. To date, Tuks has produced 88 Springboks for the national rugby side as well as four Springbok captains. The Vodacom Blue Bulls was established in 1938. The Vodacom Bulls have been the most successful South African franchise in Vodacom Super Rugby as they have appeared in three victorious finals since the tournament’s inception in 1996.
The UP-TuksRugby men’s sevens team’s preparation for the Varsity Tournament starts in earnest on Saturday when the team will be competing in the Christie Sevens Tournament.
The combined side arrive in Nairobi at 10:55 am and will hold a joint training with the hosts Kenya Harlequin FC at 5pm at the RFUEA Grounds. They depart for SA on Monday.
If Mwamba win Christies then they will have a total of 114 points. For Mwamba to win the circuit then HBR has to be knocked out at the quarter final stage
The rest of the top 10 sides in the log are the perrenial bronze medalists KCB, hosts Kenya Harlequin FC, noisy neighbors Impala, Driftwood winners Nakuru. Any of these sides are capable of shaking the table by keeping HBR out of the semis brackets.
Whatever the case, Christie 7s will be a tournament where everyone has something to play for. The series crown is likely to be the least contested diadem and the tournament is bound to yield some brutal contests.