Kenya  Lionesses head coach Dennis Mwanja has named the side’s squad that will contest at the World Rugby Sevens Challenger Series in Santiago, Chile from 12th to 14th August 2022.

Speaking to KRU Media after naming the squad on Tuesday morning, the former Kenyan international said, “We are coming from a background of rebuilding the team, and also there has been a lot of transition in the team. We’ve had to pick up the pieces but I’m glad I have seen a lot of positives in the team. This is a team that is determined, focused and working with a purpose.”

Commenting on the team’s expectations, Mwanja said, “We are looking forward to a very exciting tournament in Chile. The girls know what we can achieve.”

Judith Auma will lead the squad in Chile and said, “As we head out to Chile, our expectations are high. The coach has done his job and it is our turn to do our bit.”

Kenya Rugby Union Honorary Secretary Ian Mugambi was also present at the squad announcement and said, “I just want to wish the squad all the best and assure them of all of the support from the board.”

Judith Auma will lead the squad in Chile and said, “As we head out to Chile, our expectations are high. The coach has done his job and it is our turn to do our bit.”

The Lionesses are in Pool D and will begin their campaign with a clash against China on Friday 12 August 2022 at 9.01pm EAT before taking on continental rivals South Africa at 2.37am EAT on Saturday 13 August 2022. They will wind up their pool play with a match against hosts Chile at 5.34pm EAT on Saturday 13 August 2022.

The Challenger Series serves as the qualification tournament for the 2022/23 World Rugby Sevens Series.

Lionesses Challenger Series Squad

Judith Auma (Captain), Laurine Otieno, Stellah Wafulah, Linet Moraa, Grace Okulu, Leah Wambui, Sinaida Nyachio, Jean Bisela, Janet Okello, Naomi Amuguni, Christabel Lindo, Ann Gorreti Ochieng

Management: Dennis Mwanja (Head Coach), Samuel Kimotho (Assistant Coach), Ben Mahinda (Physio), Camilyne Oyuayo (Team Manager)

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