The Rwanda national rugby team will be taking part in the Safari Sevens tournament after a two year hiatus.
They are looking to make the most of this opportunity and want to impress one and all with their game. The Silverbacks did not get a chance to take part in the last two Safari Sevens event as they got the invites to the tournament a bit late. They did not get the necessary training time to take part in a major event and hence did not go to the event.
This time round the Silverbacks players have been taking part in a lot of local sevens tournaments and their fitness levels are also high. They were in preparation for the Safari Sevens through these local tournaments. The captain of the Rwanda team said that the players are looking forward to the event and want to perform at their best in the tournament. The sevens rugby is growing in Rwanda and if the invite for the event comes on time and not just a week before the actual kick off, then Rwanda can field a decent team.
Kamali said that the event is a very good platform for the younger players to show their talent and to get more exposure. The team is currently guided by Englishman David Haddock, who took over the charge of Rwanda after a two year stint with Uganda.
Haddock said that the Rwanda team has a lot of young players and a few experienced players. The team is looking to play wide and make good use of the space. Even though the team is small, the team has speed and can use the width to great effect. Rwanda is in Pool A along with teams like Cape Warriors and Kenya Shujaa. The last outing of the Silverbacks in this tournament was in 2014.