Tusker Simba XVâ€s side jetted back into the country from Madagascar to a homecoming dinner at the Ole Sereni hotel hosted by KBL, Managing Director Joe Muganda .
The team put up a great fight but their World Cup ambitions were quashed after losing to Zimbabwe 28-10. The team lead by skipper, Wilson Kâ€opondo, was able to hold off Namibia to a 29-22 score and Madagascar 39 â€“ 0 before their meeting with Zimbabwe.
â€œIt was quite the challenge, but we too proved to be quite tough, especially against the Namibians and Madagascans. I would like to congratulate Tusker Simba XVâ€s for making us proud and being the pride of a nation. They flew the Kenyan flag high and it showed on that field,â€ said Joe Muganda.
Mr. Muganda commended the team for their efforts and pledged Tuskerâ€s support for them.
â€œOur challenge is to take the 15â€s Aside game to the same high standards that our national 7â€s team has reached and be the first East African country to take part in the World Cup,â€ Mr. Muganda added.
â€œThe boys performed commendably in Madagascar and it is our strong belief that this is a show of things to come for the team. Tuskerâ€s support has been most generous and it is only a matter of time before we compete at the same level as the gameâ€s elite. The entire KRU thanks Joe Muganda and Tusker for placing faith behind the Kenya 15â€s and supporting our efforts to qualify for the 2015 Rugby World Cup in England,â€ said Mr. Muthee
The Tusker Simba XVâ€s are now settling down and making preparations to face the Ugandan National Team, both away and home.