Nation Wide Universities Hurricanes RFC 0 Catholic University II 28* Administration Police vs Cooperative University (Postponed) Daystar Falcons 28* Technical Uni Of Kenya 0 MKU Nairobi 23 KCA University 5
Kenya Cup Homeboyz 33 * Top Fry Nakuru 15 BlakBlad 10 Mwamba 28 KCB 47 * Resolution Impala 0 Kabras Sugar vs Nondescripts 3pm ASK Kakamega (Postponed) Strathmore University 25 Masinde Muliro University 24* Menengai Oilers 16 Kenya Harlequins 15*
Womens League Yamanashi Impala vs Top Fry Nakuru 1pm Impala (Postponed) RuckIT vs N.Suburbs 11am Impala(Postponed)
Championship Cup Egerton University 0 Kabarak University 28* USIU 8 Northen Suburbs 17 South Coast Pirates vs Mean Machine 3pm Seacrest high (Postponed) ELdoret RFC vs Kisumu RFC 1pm UOE(Postponed) UOE 18 Western Bulls 7 Catholic University 29 Shamas Foundation 21
Nationwide Central Region JKUAT Rest Meru 11 Meru University 0 Zetech University 13 MKU Thika 6 Chuka University 0 Embu 28* Nanyuki Jackals 0 Kiambu 28* Laikipia University 0 Kenya Prisons 28
Rift Valley Moi University vs Kitale Polytecnic 3pm Moi(Postponed) Nandi rfc 0 Kitale rfc 28* Nakuru Kiti 0 Molo 28*
Western Bungoma rfc 16 Borderracks 10* Mbale vs Jaramogi 3pm Masinde Muliro(Postponed) Siaya 17 Citam Kisumu 28 Kibabii University vs Maseno 3pm Kibabii(Postponed) Webuye 28* Kisii 0 Vihiga Granites 7 * Sigalagala Inst 12
Coast TUM vs Pwani University(Postponed 22nd January ) Malindi 3 Mombasa SC 20 SC Bucanners vs Lukenya University 1pm Seacrest (Postponed)
Kenya Cup Kenya Harlequins vs Homeboyz 12-23 Masinde Muliro University vs Menengai Oilers 19-30 Nondescripts vs Strathmore University 24-15 Resolution Impala vs Kabras Sugar 12-24 Mwamba vs KCB P-P Top Fry Nakuru vs Blakblad 10-10
Womens League Mwamba vs RuckIT 53-26 Northen Suburbs vs Yamanashi Impala 3-57 Top Fry Nakuru vs Homeboyz 28-0
Kabarak University 8 Shamas Foundation 5*
Western Bulls 19 Catholic Monks 17*
Kisumu rfc 9 UOE 9
Mean Machine 43 * Eldoret Rfc 7
Northen Suburbs 17* South Coast Pirates 19
Egerton University vs USIU (Postponed) 19th Feb 2022 (tbc)
Nairobi Region Universities Hurricanes 0 Administration Police 28 *
Daystar Falcons vs Catholic II 1pm Langata (Postponed)
MKU Nairobi 10 Cooperative 24
KCA University 0 TUK 28*
Nairobi Region Clubs Masaku vs Stormers 3pm Machakos Sports club (Postponed)
Ngong 14 Dagoreti Bulldogs 10*
Swara 27 * Comras 10
MAkueni 30 Stingers 15
Central Region Meru University 10* Kenya Prisons 12
Let’s travel back in time, to 10th June 2015, A Wednesday Evening like any other but a unique one for Roy. A well renowned trainer in Bungoma, is walking out of Bungoma Highschool after supervising the rugby team’s training session.
The trainer has a rugby ball in his hand, and this catches the attention of the young man, who runs upto him and requests to hold the ball alittle bit. The trainer can spot the eagerness and enthusiasm the young man has, and quickly asks for his name and the sport he plays, to which Roy responds with his name and goes ahead to state that he plays football.
The trainer takes note that the young man looks athletic, and since Roy is donning the Bungoma DEB Primary School Uniform, he asks him which class he is in, to which Roy says, “I’m in class eight.” Roy then asks whether he could join rugby, but the trainer advises him to complete his primary school studies first and then join them.
Six months later, Roy shows up for training and the trainer quickly recognises him. He watches keenly as the boy goes through the necessary fitness drills, and after afew weeks, he believes the boy is ready to play.
They head down to Bukembe with the local team, and Roy gets a chance to play in the second team. His first game against Bukembe B he scores a stunning try, right after kick off. Showing great speed,strength and endurance to land the try. The trainer also notes his great defensive abilities, something that has stuck with Roy to this very day.
The next weekend the team is headed to Webuye, and Roy also gets a couple of minutes off the bench. It was this experiences that shaped the young man’s perception of Rugby and he has never looked back.
It’s time to say goodbye, as the trainer heads back to Nairobi to continue with his studies and also his rugby career in the big city, Roy is also off to Kapsokwony Highschool in Mount Elgon Sub-county.
The trainer, though, is not convinced that Kapsokwony will help Roy grow rugby-wise, so he pulls afew strings and in no time, Roy Nandwa is called to Menengai Highschool which is well known for Rugby.
While at Menengai Highschool, he gets a chance to train with Menengai Oilers, from Nakuru, something which impacts his rugby life and completely improves his understanding of the game and his abilities, he manages to play both at the nationals and at the East Africa school games during the four years that he is in Menengai.
During school holidays, he remained active, turning up for his team in Bungoma, and also continuing to link up with his former trainer.
After Highschool, the corona outbreak brought everything to a standstill, but the Young man stayed focussed, preferring to remain in Nakuru and train with the Menengai Oilers rugby club. This would later pay off this year when he was called up to the Kenya Under 20 team.
When he was brought on in the 63rd minute against Senegal, his trainer burst into song and dance, and then a week later the young man was also brought on in the 60th minute against Madagascar, much to the excitement of his trainer who recorded an audio of himself singing praises for the young man in the native Bukusu language.
It’s important to note, that when he got called up to the Under 20 national team, members of his home team commonly referred to as Wazalendo, held a fundraiser to help him obtain a passport.
He became the first Bungoma Wazalendo member, to win the Under 20 Barthes Cup and the third to have played for the Under 20 team, when they narrowly beat Madagascar in the final. For the young man the sky is the limit as he seeks to make it to the senior national team.
Roy Nandwa is the first player from the Bungoma Wazalendo franchise, to win the coveted Barthes Under 20 Rugby Cup, this came after a dramatic victory against Madagascar at Nyayo National Stadium this afternoon.
The Kenya Under 20 team, fondly referred to as Chipu, had to hold off a resurgent Madagascar side to win the match 21-20.
The young man from Bungoma county, who plays his club rugby at Menengai Oilers in Nakuru, was brought on in the sixty third minute, and wasted no time in announcing his arrival with a big tackle down the right wing. Moments later he carried the ball intensely into Madagascar’s half, and afew minutes to the end of the match he turn-overed the ball, just as Madagascar were building momentum and getting closer to Kenya’s 22.
A try by Madagascar in the dying moments of the game, would bring them within a point of Kenya’s lead, but the ensuing conversion sailed wide, much to the excitement of Kenya’s players who burst into song and dance as the final whistle was blown.
Former Deputy Prime Minister, Musalia Mudavadi alongside other dignitaries, were on standby to congratulate the team as they awaited the Match between Kenya Simbas and Zambia.
Roy Nandwa, has officially become the third member of the Bungoma Wazalendo Rugby Franchise to play for the Kenya Under 20.
This comes a week after he made his Kenya Cup debut for Menengai Oilers, coming in as a second half substitute in the 60th minute in their win against Masinde Muliro University.
For the 18 year old Menengai Highschool Alumnus, the journey to the top has had it’s fair share of challenges, but he has been resilient, always ready to improvise, adapt and work hard.
Today, that hardwork paid off, when he was brought into the game against Senegal, in the 63rd minute. It’s a dream come true for the young man, since he has always wanted to don the national team jersey.
They’re set to play against Madagascar later next week, and hopefully they win and defend the Barthes Under 20 cup which Kenya won in 2019. With the absence of their main rivals, Namibia, victory for Kenya looks assured.
He could potentially, become the first Wazalendo member, to play at the Junior World Rugby Tournament should Kenya win against Madagascar.
The dream is not yet over for the young man, and with consistency and hardwork, he could feature for the Senior national team.
The game between Cfg Bungoma rfc and Kibabii, came to life in the 17th minute when Ian Kisenge Simiyu playing alongside two of his senior brothers, spotted a gap behind the Kibabii defence and put a clever chip that was regathered by speed merchant Chris Mbaya who went over for Bungoma rfc’s first unconverted try.
In the dying minutes of the first half, the forwards had some quick hits to the right and the scrumhalf played a quick ball to Peter Wamoto Simiyu, who had an overlap of upto 5 guys to his left. His release pass found yet again another speed merchant, and they don’t come any better than in the form of Samuel Kimeta (Meta) who made a 60 metre dash to cross over the line for another unconverted try.
Few seconds to the hooter, James Wanjala Simiyu had a big hit on a Kibabii forward to cut off any debate about which team carried the day in terms of physicality.
The second half would spring to action after ten minutes, the Bungoma rfc backs going on a physical rampage Edwin Khisa fending off close to six opponents to set up a ruck inside the 22. The ball would then be recycled left, James Wafula showing great quick hands to find Wamoto and well we know a younger Wamoto would have had a go on his own with just 5 metres ahead of him, but instead he would selflessly release Chris Mbaya to go over the line for his second try of the match.
Kibabii would then complain of lack of substitutes forcing them to abandon the match inthe 68th minute. Secondrow Alvin Wanyama was crowned man of the match for his exemplary display of sheer strength.