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Kenya Rugby Union Fire Coach Innocent Simiyu

Kenya Rugby Union has parted ways with Head Coach Innocent Simiyu.

According to the statement released by the union Briton Damian McGath has been appointed to take over from Simiyu for a period of two years that will see him guide the team to the 2024 Paris Olympics.

Also leaving the Shujaa set up are technical bench members Michael Shamiah and Anthony Muchiri.

“We offer our sincerest thanks to Innocent, Michael and Anthony for their tireless efforts and extend our very best wishes for the future.

Damian McGrath takes charge for the next two years leading up to the 2024 Summer Olympic Games in Paris, France,” read the statement.

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He boasts close to thirty years coaching experience, having most recently led Germany 7s to victory at the World Rugby Challenger Series in Chile in 2020. He previously coached Canada 7s between 2016 and 2019, leading the Canadians to the cup title at the 2017 Singapore 7s.

Prior to the Canadian job, Damian was in charge of the Samoa 7s squad during the 2015-16 season, leading them to the cup title at the 2016 Paris 7s.

He also coached England 7s at the 2002 and 2014 Commonwealth Games in Manchester and Glasgow as well as the 2005 Rugby World Cup 7s in Hong Kong.

Kevin Wambua, who has been a part of the Shujaa set up, will assist Damian in ensuring a seamless transition while Geoffrey Kimani takes up the Strength & Conditioning coaching role.

Kimani, who is part of the National Olympic Committee –Kenya Elite Performance set up, is no stranger to the Shujaa set up, and returns for a fourth stint, having previously served in the S & C role between 2007 and 2011, 2015-16 and 2017-18.

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