KRU seeks to popularise rugby in select primary schools

Teachers under 'Damu Pevu' programme during training by Kenya Rugby Union at Urban Primary school, Embu County on May 8, 2021. KRU is keen on introducing rugby in primary schools.

Photo credit: Charles Wanyoro | Nation Media Group

What you need to know:

  • KKRU development coordinator Ronald Okoth said Kenyan rugby players usually have an average of two years playing time when they attain 18, which puts them at a disadvantage in the global arena
  • He pointed out that although Shujaa 7s team performs well, Kenya fails in 15s since senior players don't have enough exposure due to late introduction into the game
  • The pilot project targets 20 select counties by taking advantage of the new Competency-based Curriculum where learners will play inter-counties, regional and national games

Kenya Rugby Union (KRU) will this month introduce the sport in select primary schools so as to create a pool of quality local players for the 2026 Under-16 World Cup.

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