The Kenya Sevens were relegated from the World Sevens Series for the first time in 27 years after their defeat to Canada.
Kenya defeated Canada 24-19 in the four-team play-off at Twickenham Stadium in London over the weekend. Kenya fell to Canada 12-7 in the championship game on Sunday, and the players from Kenya were so devastated that they started crying.
The Kenya Rugby Union released a statement after the relegation. “We, the Kenya Rugby Union, wish to address the concern expressed by Kenyans regarding the recent relegation of our national team, Shujaa, from the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series. As the newly elected board of the Kenya Rugby Union, we are committed to taking swift action and working diligently to restore Shujaa’s position in the World Rugby Sevens Series by 2024.” Read the statement.
To advance to the 2024/2025 World Rugby Series, the team must now compete in the Africa Qualifications and the 2024 World Rugby Sevens Challenger Series.