In a statement from the Kenya Rugby Union this afternoon, technical director Paul Feeney has left his role on mutually agreed terms. New Zealand born tactician, Feeney, was appointed in September 2019 and has been handling the Shujaa (Kenya 7s Men’s teams) mainly since then.
Owing to the global pandemic that is Coronavirus, Paul Paul Feeney has left his role as Kenya Rugby Union Technical Director by mutual consent.
“Paul was working mainly with the men’s sevens squad, Shujaa as well as the other national squads. He has been away from the East African side since April to be with his family in New Zealand.”
Feeney is a 7s World Cup winner with Fiji in 2005 and has had managerial careers at Western Province and the Stormers in South Africa as well as the Blues, based in Auckland, New Zealand.
As soon as the notice to part ways became public, knowledge, Kenya Rugby Union announced their desire to see local talent taking up the role going forward.
Paul left for New Zealand before the HSBC World Series 2019-2020 edition was done and should the series resume, Kenya 7s will be in the hands of another tactician.
Among his achievements with Kenya are the 2019 Africa 7s crown, beating Uganda in the finale to guarantee a spot for the Shujaa at the 2021 Olympics, and winning the 2019 Safari 7s with the Kenya Morans.
The question is now going to be on who will become the next coach for the Kenya Rugby 7s, a team that has enjoyed a lot of success in the sevens category.
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