As a country Rugby is doing exceptionally well of late, right? No, we’ve been doing it since the inception of the game back in the colonial days it’s only that now our media has expressed interest into the game. Local clubs like the Nondie script and Kenya harlequins know as lunch bar quins are some of the oldest teams in Kenya. However rugby is now slowly making it way as a mainstream sport, gaining fans with each tournament, sevens circuit or any one off event. It has made its way to the second most successful game after athletics that Kenyans are proud of internationally, from the recent success in the international IRB series “our boys” bagged 99 points to be ranked 5th worldwide. The popularity is growing by day.
Ngong Rd is now the busiest road every Saturday, streaming with fans trying to catch a local fixture. However the term “fan” is in question, most are dragged there by their friend, but many are die-hard fans and the popularity is growing fast. As a sport it’s also getting recognition from big corporate sponsors like Safaricom, Reinsurance health, Bamburi cement which has come a long way in developing local talent.
The latest sensation in town is the Bamburi rugby super series. An annual 15 aside tournament, 8 teams battling it out for the top prize for one month. Here is how it works, each team represent a franchise of the sponsoring companies. The franchise are made of the top players from two local teams, combining the best talents the country has to offer. It’s undoubtedly the best rugby action to catch during the next 4 weekends. Rain or no rain. And the after parties are legendary; those who have been to one know what I’m talking about.
Check the upcoming rugby fixtures here and other hot events happening in the country.