Kenya rugby 15s head coach Paul Odera says the upcoming Currie Cup will boost his side’s preparations for the 2023 World Cup qualifiers that will take place in July.
This will be the first time this competition will take place in East Africa and Odera is ready to use it to measure up the Kenyans’ physical and mental strength against those of their competition.
“For the country and the rugby fraternity is a big thing because this is the first time Currie Cup is coming in this region, “said Odera
“In terms of rugby in the field this is going to go a long way in preparing us for the World Cup qualifiers because it will allow players to come back home who have been away for the last two and a half months,” Odera said.
He added that the contest will help local players raise their standards.
“It has been challenging for us on how to grow our talents locally but as for now when they play against teams of high calibre they can bench mark their skills and they can start learning how the game is fast so that they can sharpen their speed,” added Odera.
“At the moment in South Africa they’re working in a high performance environment because they have access to high quality gym and also sports medicine facilities that we don’t have here in Kenya,” observed Odera.
“For locally based players it will be a great deal for their development, so if we can continue with this consistently over the next four to five years, you will find that our local players and rugby will get better.”
Simbas will play the Leopards on Saturday, June 4 before taking on the Eastern Province Elephants a week later at Nairobi’s RFUEA Ground.