The Kenya Rugby Union (KRU) has gone separate ways with Kenya national men’s sevens team Head Coach Innocent Simiyu.

According to KRU statement signed by the union’s Honorary Secretary Ian Mugambi on Wednesday, also leaving the Shujaa team are technical bench members Michael Shamiah and Anthony Muchiri.

“We offer our sincerest thanks to Innocent, Michael and Anthony for their tireless efforts and extend our very best wishes for the future,” the statement read.

Simiyu has been immediately replaced by Damian McGrath on a two-year contract deal, guiding the national men’s rugby set-up until the 2024 SummerOlympic Games in Paris, France.

McGrath boasts close to thirty years coaching experience, having most recently led Germany 7s to victory at the World Rugby Challenger Series in Chile in 2020.

He previously coached Canada 7s between 2016 and 2019, leading the Canadians to the cup title at the 2017 Singapore 7s.

Prior to the Canadian job, Damian was in charge of the Samoa 7s squad during the 2015-16 season, leading them to the cup title at the 2016 Paris 7s.

He also coached England 7s at the 2002 and 2014 Commonwealth Games in Manchester and Glasgow as well as the 2005 Rugby World Cup 7s in Hong Kong.

Kevin Wambua, who has been a part of the Shujaa set up, will assist Damian in ensuring a seamless transition while Geoffrey Kimani takes up the Strength & Conditioning coaching role.

Kimani, who is part of the National Olympic Committee –Kenya Elite Performance set up, is no stranger to the Shujaa set up, and returns for a fourth stint, having previously served in the S & C role between 2007 and 2011, 2015-16 and 2017-18.

Meanwhile, Simiyu fondly known as Namcos is a former Kenya International and handled the team on the Sevens World Series between 2016 and 2018. He steered the team to 12th position with 63 points during the 2016/17 season before guiding them to 8th position with a record points tally of 104 points during the 2017/18 season.

He was once fired in 2018 before KRU hired him back in 2020 in a similar position.

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