New Kenya Sevens head coach Felix Ochieng has wasted no time in ringing the changes after recalling a host of senior players for the next two rounds of the HSBC World Sevens Series in Wellington and Las Vegas.
Speedster Collins Injera is one of five players who will make their seasonal debuts on this season’s circuit after being named in Ochieng’s 12-man squad.
Injera, third on the series’ all-time try scorers list, is joined in the squad by Felix Ayange, who has recovered from shoulder surgery, and Lavin Asego, Tonny Owuor and Michael Wanjala.
Dan Sikuta returns too, after missing the Port Elizabeth tournament due to his studies, while Billy Odhiambo has been promoted to the full squad after being named as a reserve under former coach Paul Treu.
Kenya are placed a disappointing 14th in the World Series with 11 points after reaching the Shield finals in Gold Coast and Dubai and Bowl final in Port Elizabeth.
Speaking ahead of the team’s departure for Wellington on Saturday, Ochieng said: "We are looking to build on our performances this season. The World Rugby Series has become very competitive as has been witnessed over the past three legs of the season. Our main focus has been on giving every player an opportunity to be competitive in our build up to the next two legs while representing with pride the people and Republic of Kenya to the best of their abilities".
Kenya line up in Pool D in Wellington alongside Argentina, Scotland and Samoa.
Andrew Amonde (Capt.), Collins Injera, Lavin Asego,Daniel Sikuta, Billy Odhiambo, Tonny Owuor, Michael Wanjala,Tony Onyango, Oscar Ayodi, Bush Mwale, Patrice Agunda, Felix Ayange.