DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVES START TAKING EFFECT AT KRU
After a satisfactory performance by a Kenya team against visiting South Africa provincial side Ford Pumas on Wednesday, early signs are that intentions by the Kenya Rugby Union to revamp the 15 aside sport, both in performance and administration, are well founded and on course.
Immediate benefits of KRU's contacts with Ford Pumas are already rolling in; and they include:
(i)Pumas agreement to provide personnel to develop our national team's "Front Five". Our technically efficient visitors have said they will assist, on a continual basis, to train our players in this department.
(ii)Three  talented players, ages between 20-23, will be taken under the wings of Ford Pumas and play professional rugby in South Africa. The Ford Pumas will undertake to always release them, and ONLY, for national duty.
(iii)The Kenya v Ford Pumas fixture to be an annual one, henceforth.
(iv)KRU is looking for ways of participating at the annual Mpumalanga under 19
competition which is also an annual fixture. The Pumas beat a Kenya Select XV 48-22 on Wednesday, a clash between Kenya and the tourists at the RFUEA ground on Saturday, 4pm is expected to be a thrillingclimax to the tour. You will remember, last year Kenya had lost to Ford Pumas 101-7.
In the backdrop of this tour activity is the KRU's implementation of promised concrete measures to change the way it has operated in the last few years. The aim is to bring on efficiency in the way of running the union in order to raise the playing standards under the theme of "More Rugby, Quality Rugby", with serious focus on the player.
Last week, the Board of the KRU unanimously passed to make administration changes at its secretariat. Incumbent KRU General Manager was given leave pending staff restructuring. His duties are being performed by Barbara Kokonya on temporary capacity.
Deloitte Touché, providers of audit, consulting, financial and tax advisory, are currently assisting the KRU to solve critical business issues by providing a unique blend of operational and advisory skills including Human Resource Deployment.
The post of the KRU General Manager will, as soon as possible, be advertised for competitive filling. Instructively, Deloitte Touché are the advisors on governance of the IRB [International Rugby Board] and we are grateful to the Deloitte Kenya office for the invaluable assistance.
Governance changes at the KRU will continue being implemented during this "off-season" period to enable a fresh start in the coming one. The recent IRB Sevens world circuit and our high profile Bamburi Super Series competition have come to a close. It was important to wait for the conclusion of those events before re-structuring was done. The new season, including the top draw Safaricom Sevens in November, should find improved administration well in place.
Meanwhile, work has started in the formation of the approved sub-unions of Western Kenya, Coast and Kenyan Universities. In fact, Mr Oscar Oyowo, the KRU sub-committee chairman on the formation of Western Kenya Union, has given assurance elsewhere, that the sub-union will have been constituted, and up-and-running, after about 30 days from today.
Western Kenya, Coast and the University of Nairobi teams will take part in next season's top rugby league, the Kenya Cup.