The 2016 Kenya Cup champions, and runners up in 2017 and 2018 Kabras Sugar Rugby have made changes in their tactical ranks and appointed South African Henley Du Plessis as their new head coach ahead of the 2018-2019 Kenya Cup season that sets off later this year in November.
Henley will be having former Kenya Simbas Coach Jerome Paarwater as his technical director, with Richard Ochieng retaining his position as Strength and Conditioning Coach while David Ngigu will be the team manager.
Jalang’o told Daily Nation that Du Plessis, who is a World Rugby (WR) Level III coach and WR coaching educator, will be their full time coach for the next three years.
Jalang’o said, ” It’s through setting up a High Performance Centre in Kakamega that Western Kenya and Kabras will be able to produce excellent players. We also want to build technical capacity and that is why Du Plessis will be important since we share the vision that will enable Kabras Sugar grow. We are looking forward to exciting times at Kabras.”
The 42 year old South African replaces former Simbas player Charles Cardovillis who won the Nations Sevens title in 2017 and led Kabras to the Kenya Cup final in 2018 which they lost to KCB.
Henley spent most of playing time at Boland Cavaliers, scoring 35 points (7 tries) in the process before a neck injury forced him to call it quits.
Phillip Wokorach headlines the list of Ugandans plying their trade for the Kenyan outift, alongside newly appointed Rugby Cranes skipper and prop Asuman Mugerwa, utility forward Eliphaz Emong, Ivan Kirabo and Gold Cup Man Of the Match between Uganda and Morocco (Video), Pius Ogena.