KRU Nationwide League kicks off on Saturday

KRU Nationwide League kicks off on Saturday

KRU Nationwide League kicks off on Saturday


The quest for promotion to Kenya’s top tier begins in earnest on Saturday 8 November when the 2014/2015 Kenya Rugby Union Nationwide League kicks off across the country.

The Nationwide League serves as the pathway to the Kenya Cup and will this season be contested by a combined total of 62 teams playing in 5 regional leagues across the country namely Central, Coast, Nairobi, Rift Valley and Western.

The top two sides from the Nairobi, Rift Valley and Western leagues join the winners from the Central and Coast leagues in the national quarter final playoffs with the sides that eventually make the national final securing Kenya Cup qualification at the expense of the bottom two sides from the top tier.

Kisumu and Eldoret will be keen to make a quick return to the Kenya Cup after dismal performances last season earned them the chop and life in the second tier will certainly be no walk in the park as every one of the participating teams has their eyes trained on promotion.

 

CENTRAL  (Thika, Laikipia, KeMU Meru, MKU Thika, Makueni, Kimathi, Kiambu, Embu, Karatina, Chuka, JKUAT)

Thika won the Central league last season and managed to reach the national semi finals, falling to eventual winners Kabras Sugar in Kakamega. They start the new campaign as favorites to defend their title and clinch the sole quarter final berth from this pool which features eleven teams. Their biggest threat will very likely come from KeMU and Laikipia.

 

COAST ( Pirates, Pwani, Malindi, Raiders, Shepherds, Taita Taveta, Spartans, TUM, Kilifi Sultans)

Spartans and Technical University of Mombasa (TUM) start as favorites to dominate the nine team league and fight for the sole slot to the national quarter finals at the close of round robin play, moreso after Masaku and Stormers were moved to the Nairobi league.

 

NAIROBI ( Pool A: USIU, Mwamba III, Machakos, Brumbies, Stormers, Multimedia, MKU Nairobi)

                (Pool B: TUK, Impala III, Daystar, Cooperative College, KCA, Masaku, Comras, KeMU)

 

Sixteen teams spilt in two pools of eight teams each vying for the two national quarter final slots available from this region. This will be a very competitive league, with USIU, TUK,Masaku, Stormers and  Daystar likely to be the sides to fight it out. The presence of Impala and Mwamba’s third string sides make it all the more interesting. It will not be lost upon many that Impala III actually finished last year’s Nairobi league second overall but were ruled out of the quarters on a technicality. They will still light up this league.

RIFT VALLEY ( Pool A: Eldoret, KPA Eldoret, Kitale, University of Eldoret, Moi University, Kapsabet)

                        (Pool B: Egerton, Nakuru III, Kericho, Kabrak, Molo, Naivasha)

 

Eldoret RFC and Egerton will be the favorites to emerge successful from this region but they must first assert themselves during their preliminary fixtures.

WESTERN (Bungoma, Kisumu, Kakamega, Sang’alo, Mbale, Masinde Muliro, Webuye, Shieywe, Homa Bay, Siaya, Maseno, MKU Kakamega, Sharks, Kisii)

Fourteen teams, two national quarter final slots up for grabs. This is yet another competitive regional league. Kisumu RFC, relegated from last season’s Kenya Cup start as odd-son favorites to top the log but will have to ward off the attentions of Bungoma, Kakamega, Shieywe and Masinde Muliro.

 

Collated Match Day One Fixtures

Saturday 8 November 2014

CENTRAL
KEMU Meru v MKU Thika
Laikipia v Makueni
Kimathi v Kiambu
Embu v Karatina 
JKUAT v Chuka 
*Thika rest

COAST

TUM v Kilifi Sultans 
SC Pirates v Pwani University
Malindi v Coast Raiders 
Shepherds v Taita Taveta
*Spartans rest

NAIROBI

Pool A
USIU v Mwamba III
Nazarene v Machakos
Brumbies v Stormers
Multimedia v MKU Nairobi

Pool B
TUK v Impala III
Daystar v Cooperative College 
KCA v Masaku
Comras v Kemu

RIFT VALLEY

Pool A
Eldoret v KPA Eldoret
Kitale v University of Eldoret
Moi v Kapsabet

Pool B
Egerton v Nakuru III
Kericho v Kabarak
Molo v Naivasha

WESTERN

Kisumu v Mbale
Kakamega v Sang'alo
Bungoma v Sharks 
Masinde Muliro v Webuye 
Shieywe v Homa Bay
MKU Kakamega v Maseno 
Kisii v Siaya

 


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