Kenya Rugby Credit: © Kawowo Sports | AMINAH BABIRYE
[/media-credit] Kenya Rugby Credit: © Kawowo Sports | AMINAH BABIRYE

The Kenya national rugby team, Kenya Simbas, will leave for South Africa on Friday May 12, 2017 for a 10-day camp ahead of the 2017 international season.

Up to 29 players, according to team Manager Simiyu Wangila, will depart for Western Province where they will be carrying their activities with the squad set to be released on Thursday.

Key winger and kicker Darwin Mukidza will automatically miss the trip as he is leaving for Paris and London 7s with Kenya Sevens.

“It is good for him, we have an agreement with the Sevens management because we want him to get that experience and exposure,” Wangila told Kenyan publication Raga House on Monday.

Kenya will start the 2017 season with an international test against Germany on May before travelling to Kampala for the first leg of Elgon Cup on Saturday June 10.

Head coach Jerome Paarwater earlier named a 36-man squad that will do help the Simbas through the hectic 2017 calendar.

Kenya will start their chase for the Rugby Africa Gold Cup with successive home fixtures against Uganda ( 24 June),Tunisia (8 July) and Senegal (15 July) before playing away to Zimbabwe (22 July) and Namibia (29 July).

Meanwhile Uganda Rugby Cranes have no other test matches scheduled after the two trial games with Kenyan side Kabras Sugar in Kakamega over the weekend.

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