Friday the man to lead Kenya Sevens

(IRB.COM) Thursday 12 July 2012
Friday the man to lead Kenya Sevens
Former England head coach Mike Friday is to return to the international men's Sevens arena with Kenya

Former England Sevens head coach Mike Friday has been appointed head of a new technical bench for the Kenya national Sevens team.

The decision follows a process of restructuring of the country's Sevens set up, which began almost a year ago and has received the backing of the Minister of Youth and Sport, Dr. Paul Otuoma, and the assistance of the IRB and the team's sponsor Kenya Airways.

“Our decision to settle on (Mike) Friday was driven by a need to inject professionalism into the team and with the aim of taking Kenya Sevens to the next level,” said the Kenyan Rugby Union’s Chairman, Mwangi Muthee.

Friday has a proven track record in Rugby Sevens. As a player he captained England to the 1998 Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and to the 2001 Rugby World Cup Sevens in Mar del Plata. As a coach he enjoyed notable successes, including leading England to four successive Hong Kong Sevens titles (2002-2006), two Dubai titles and the 2006 Commonwealth Games Silver medal.

“I am hugely honoured and excited to be given the opportunity of leading the Kenya Sevens programme," said Friday.

"Kenya has such a strong, proud Sevens history and have always been a team that the so-called top nations have feared.

“Our aim is to become a successful Kenya Sevens team that can consistently compete and perform on the HSBC Sevens World Series, and where everyone is proud of the performances that the team put in whilst representing the hugely passionate people of Kenya”

Joining him on the technical bench is Christopher Brown from New Zealand, who comes on board as the team’s Strength and Conditioning coach. Brown will work with Friday and three assistant Coaches, Tito Oduk, Mitch Ocholla and Felix Ochieng.