KRU to spread Test matches starting next year

Kenya Rugby Union (KRU) will next year host Test matches across the country in a move aimed at spreading the game.
The move is consistent with the practice in major rugby playing nations like South Africa, New Zealand and Australia, who rotate Test matches across various venues.
Mombasa, Nakuru, Kisumu, Machakos and Kakamega are some of the regions earmarked as potential hosts.
“This is because these regions have hosted fixtures such as national Sevens circuit and Super Series. Fifteen-a-side international rugby is growing rapidly with Nairobi hosting six Test matches this year, all of which have been very well attended. The timing is right to extend this unique product across the country and grow the Test match experience and culture across the country,” KRU secretary Oduor Gangla said.
The KRU have also started the process of meeting the local authorities and affiliates to discuss the venture of evaluating each venue under criteria such as playing facility, transport and accommodation to ensure infrastructure threshold is met to host games of such magnitude.
“For this venture to be successful, the support of our affiliates across the country is essential and this will deepen our working relationship. Part of the returns of these events will be earmarked towards legacy rugby development programs that will contribute to the growth and development of the game and support initiatives of the affiliates in the regions,” he added.
This undertaking will promote local businesses since KRU will look to introduce new commercial partners into the game especially regional companies and the county governments who have significant budgets for sporting activities. The board further re-assured the public that the plan is consistent with the broad mandate of KRU to grow and develop the game of rugby.

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