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Kenya join the party at Middlesex Charity Sevens

29 July 2010

  • Kenya enter side to compete in the Middlesex Charity 7s
  • Tournament played as a straight knockout competition
Innocent Simiyu of Kenya gets away from his opponent during day three of the IRB Adelaide International Rugby Sevens match

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The Sevens season is set to finish on a high as the Kenyan 7s team confirm they will compete in the Middlesex Charity 7s at Twickenham on Saturday, August 14.

Known for their fanatical supporters and their deadly speed the Kenyans are appearing at the Middlesex 7s for just the second time in its 85 year history.

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In what is possibly the strongest sixteen team line up the event has ever seen the Kenyans will face a tough challenge for the coveted Russell Cargill Trophy.

They will be up against stars from Ben Ryan’s England squad who are appearing as a Help For Heroes team.

"The Middlesex Sevens provides a great opportunity for us to get high quality game time in the run up to the Commonwealth Games and we’re delighted to be taking part," said England Head coach Ben Ryan.

England’s Help for Heroes team run out against Scotland, playing under Thistle Trust and Wales’ Amser Justin Time team in honour of Colin Hillman.

Joe Lydon, who coached Wigan when they won the Middlesex 7s and subsequently England and Wales 7s coach will have split loyalties on the day as he is part of the world famous Samurai touring side’s coaching team that also includes Mike Friday, Phil Greening and Josh Lewsey.

Exeter Chiefs, have their first run out at Twickenham as an Aviva Premiership club and are drawn against HFW Wailers who qualified through this summer’s National 7s Series.

The tournament is played as a straight knockout with the first round losers going into a Plate competition.  

The first round draw is as follows:
Match 1 10.30am London Irish v Leicester Tigers
Match 2 10.50am HFW Wailers v Exeter Chiefs
Match 3 11.10am London Wasps v Newcastle Falcons
Match 4 11.30am Saracens v England's Help for Heroes
Match 5 11.50am The British Army v Scotland's Thistle Trust
Match 6 12.10pm Kenya 7s v Leeds Carnegie
Match 7 12.30pm Wales' Amser Justin Time v Harlequins
Match 8 12.50 pm White Hart Marauders v ULR Samurai International

Off the field, there is a full day of activities with karaoke, cheerleaders, brass band, face painters, souvenir photos, inflatable obstacle course and castle, Rodeo Rugby Ball, Human Demolition Zone, MegaSlide, Rugby Speed Cage plus new Middlesex 7s hoodies and polos.

The Middlesex Charity Sevens is run in aid of two main rugby charities RFU’s IPF and RPA but many other charities benefit through ticket sales and donations, including Help for Heroes.