Third edition of the Watamu Beach Rugby to be held from July 29-31 was launched on Friday at Papa Remo Beach, Watamu with up to four Kenya Cup teams expected to take part.
The 5-aside touch Rugby will be played in a three day tournament with the Cup winner taking home Ksh200,000.
Kenya Cup champions Kabras Sugar, Strathmore Leos and Mwamba RFC are some of the top tier teams expected with further confirmations set to come from Top Fry Nakuru and Menengai Cream Homeboyz.
Joining the top tier teams will be the defending champions Technical University of Mombasa, Kenya Cup II sides USIU, South Coast Pirates, local clubs Watamu RFC, Malindi RFC, Kilifi Sharks, Pwani Sharks and Likoni Bullocks.
Speaking during the launch, Kilifi County Director of Sports Bonface Kirimi said,
“This year we are expecting a very competitive tournament as well as welcoming tourists from all over the country and abroad. Security is assured in here and we hope to have a successful rugby event”
Hosts Watamu RFC Captain Jonathan Kuya asked the Kenya Cup teams not under-estimate them adding that anyone can win a game of touch.
“Of Course they are big teams playing in the Kenya Cup and the nationwide but we are also preparing well and we’ll prove this on the match day. Our target is to see the Cup remain here”
Cup Runners up will bag Ksh100,000, third and fourth take sh70,000 andsh50,000 respectively as the MVP and Top Try Scorer takes home Ksh10,000 each.
Watamu Beach Rugby Teams
1.Kabras Sugar 2.Mwamba RFC 3.Masaku RFC 4. USIU 5.Strathmore Leos 5.Malindi RFC 6. Mombasa RFC 7.South Coast Pirates 8. Likoni Bullocks 9.Likoni RFC 10. Pwani Sharks 11. Kilifi Sultans 12. Watamu RFC 13.Blue Marlins 14.Taita Socks 15.TUM Marines
Menengai RFC, Top Fry Nakuru, Mogadishu Pirates, Dar Es Salaam Leopards
PRIZE MONEY BREAKDOWN (KES)
Main Cup winner 200,000
Main cup runner up 100,000
3rd PLACE 70,000
4th PLACE 50,000
Plate winner 40,000
Bowl Winner 20,000