Kenya 7s national rugby team  will play Tonga in their Rugby World Cup 7s opener at the Cape Town Stadium at 11.23am EAT on Friday 9 September 2022.

The winner of this clash  will face South American side Argentina in the round of 16 at 5.23pm the same day.

Shujaa are two time semifinalists, having reached the last four in 2009 in Dubai under the tutelage of the late Benjamin Ayimba and again in 2013 in Moscow with Mike Friday at the helm.

The team made its RWC 7s debut in 2001 in Mar del Plata, and has been a regular, taking part in subsequent editions in 2005 (Hong Kong), 2009 (Dubai), 2013 (Moscow) and 2018 (San Francisco).

Moments after the draw, World Rugby Chief Executive Alan Gilpin said:

“The release of the match schedule with 50 days to go is a really exciting moment on the road to Rugby World Cup Sevens 2022 in Cape Town. Players, teams and fans can now fine-tune their plans and prepare for what promises to be a truly spectacular three day showcase of world class rugby sevens.

“With its iconic location, and passionate, international fanbase, the first Rugby World Cup in South Africa since that special event in 1995 promises to be another must watch, history making celebration of rugby’s power to unite and inspire people from all countries and backgrounds.

“Rugby Sevens is an incredibly fast, skilful, dynamic and dramatic sport, which continues to grow in popularity around the world following a second highly impactful Olympic Games competition in Tokyo last year.”

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