Schools Rugby in Kenya

Kenya Schools RugbyI’m going to do it. I’m going to open the floodgates of wrath and hot blood that this topic of schools rugby in Kenya generates. You know who you are, and I’m telling you to put your best foot forward now and tell me why your school is the “best” rugby school in the country.

There are a couple schools that have to be mentioned right off the bat. St. Marys, Lenana (Duke of York), Rift Valley Academy, and Nairobi School (Prince of Wales) are the big name schools that have a long history of the sport in Kenya. However, there have been some strong “newcomers” over the years that deserve mention, namely some janjaweeed-type maniacs from Njoro High school in the early 90′s (yani, those guys had NO fear, as Saints and Lenana found out at Blackrock 1992). How about Hillcrest or Mangu?

Now, because I’m a Rift guy, I nominate Rift Valley Academy, my alma mater. RVA had a record 10 straight Prescott Cup championships from 1980 and 1990. In the following 4 years we finished as champion one more time and lost in the championship game on the other 3 – so we were in the running. I don’t even know what happened prior to 1980, so someone help me out here. Even just listing the 80′s and 90′s, that’s remarkable. You know if you played rugby in Kenya during that time that you feared the Buffalo.

RVA rugby started in 1963. Our first match was at Kijabe Primary School’s pitch against St. Mary’s. We won 24-13. So, though RVA was not the first school to have Rugby in Kenya, it has a great history and pedigree within the very top ranks of Kenyan schools.

Quite obviously, I’m prejudiced. But, because I’m fair I will give you a chance to voice your reasons for inclusion. So, name your school, it’s pedigree, and the reasons it should be listed in the Kenya Schools Rugby “hall of fame”.

362 thoughts on “Schools Rugby in Kenya

  1. Stewie Griffin

    Hello again, fiercely loyal rugby fans,
    I’ll always love Kenyan high school rugby and will ALWAYS support my almer mater team, The Mean Maroon squad.
    I don’t care what anyone says but I will always consider The Mean Maroon of 1993 as the best team ever fielded. Trust me, I’m aware of all the exploits of The Mean Maroon teams, past and present, but damn these chaps were awesome!
    I always preferred the classic solid Maroon kit and had a bad feeling about the home game against Saints when the striped kit was “re-unveiled” and we subsequenly lost the match though there were major discrepancies about the refereeing. All the same, the return match at Saints’ was a massacre of the aforementioned enroute to our Prescott glory. Ha! I remember them toying with the Hillcrest squad in one of the early matches.
    The triumphant 1993 team (as submitted by C.D.) was as follows:

    01 – Byron Otieno
    02 – Jimmy Karimi
    03 – Muniafu (Moon)
    04 – Ariba Olembo
    05 – Nicholas Macharia (Mache)
    06 – Jeff Ngwabe (Fox)
    07 – Felix Gichaga (Shaggy)
    08 – Russel Odour (Russ)
    09 – Tony M‘Barine (Bryo)
    10 – Donald Onyango (C.D.)
    11 – Ben Opiyo/Felix Gichaga
    12 – Joesph Mcharo (Jose)
    13 – Eugene Ligale (Genis/Indash)
    14 – Cyprian Okwuomi (Kwamse)/ Abuya Tamaro (Anti-Kimbo)
    15 – Nicholas Gatei/Cyprian Okwuomi

    The ’94 team was great too with Akwabi, Arunga, Bwayo, Magua, Moikobu (Copa II), Muteti (Spondi), Obure (Big), Otieno…apologies…I can’t recall the rest.
    They won John Andrews against a great Njoro squad and later The Nationals. I believe Saints retained Blackrock. As defending champs, Prescott was hard-fought but they sadly short and thus begun the severe Prescott drought until the ’99 squad redeemed us.
    The expanded Prescott format has revealed that there’s phenomenal rugby talent beyond the original elite four i.e. Lenana (Duke of York), RVA, Nairobi School (Prince of Wales) and Saint Mary’s (Saints)…Mang’u seems to have climbed up the ranks…just giving props where they are due. Win or lose, Lenana will always be a formidable opponent.

    Kenyan rugby has featured prominently on the international scene and I’m so proud of our Seven-a-side team that has defeated the best in the world. Looks like there’s much more work to be done with the XVs…
    Guaranteed…there are better days to come. We WILL eventually win that 7s World Cup and other notable tourneys! Would be nice if there are a few Former Mean Maroons in that (future) history-making winning squad!
    Make us proud guys!!

  2. MACHINE732

    MACHINE 2006…EDGED OUT SAINTS IN EVERY TOURNAMENT.THAT WAS THE REASON THEY DINT ALLOW US TO PLAY BLACK ROCK THT YEAR..TEAM OF THE DECADE:
    MOSETI
    LUGANO
    BOSIRE
    KANGETHE
    WAFULA
    SPACE
    OTUNDO
    OGAGA
    NYAMARI
    BETT
    LUKOYE
    AKIRUGA
    MWANJA(IRON MAN)
    AMBIA
    TIMOSHIORI
    MUBEA
    ZAVAGO
    MWAS MJINGA
    THE ONLY TEAM TO RESPECT THAT YEAR WAS MANGU. THEY HAD WAT WE HAD BUT WE HAD BETTER IMPLEMENTATION..

  3. MACHINE732

    MACHINE 2006…EDGED OUT SAINTS IN EVERY TOURNAMENT.THAT WAS THE REASON THEY DINT ALLOW US TO PLAY BLACK ROCK THT YEAR..TEAM OF THE DECADE:
    MOSETI
    LUGANO
    BOSIRE
    KANGETHE
    WAFULA
    SPACE
    OTUNDO
    OGAGA
    NYAMARI
    BETT
    LUKOYE
    AKIRUGA
    MWANJA(IRON MAN)
    AMBIA
    TIMOSHIORI
    MUBEA
    ZAVAGO
    MWAS MJINGA
    THE ONLY TEAM TO RESPECT THAT YEAR WAS MANGU. THEY HAD WAT WE HAD BUT WE HAD BETTER IMPLEMENTATION..

  4. Crazy chicken

    Dominant team of the 80′s no doubt rift, dominant team 90′s (at least Early 90′s) in school boys rugby also rift except one year which clearly went toLenana and well deserved. I know, I know what about saints did they not win all those Prescott cups in the early 90′s? They did but I said school boy which is supposed to have age restrictions. My brother played on rift 89 team and I watched against saints I played on rift 91-94 and played against same saint players that my brother did!!!! I was at rift 4 years and made it to finals each year saint won 2 lenana 1 and rift in 94. Lenanas team that won was the better team and the two saint teams were also the better team, but come on saints, are you guys really that proud of those wins, 15,16,17, and 18 year old schools against 20,21 maybe even 22 year old men. Those rift school boys took you young men to the last few minutes of both games and in 94 those rift schools boys took you young saints men to the last minutes of the game and came out victorious. We did loose those two finals against and yes this is an excuse but a good one as for the finals loss we had to lenana I can’t say anything except congradutations to the better team that year. We had overaged players that we did not play, why? Because at rift we won our games and trophies through discipline and all aspects of discipline including “playing by the rules”

  5. Mapwokolo

    Seriously guyz why am i not hearing about Musingu Boys High school..we were a formidable team in the late 90s…Westerners feared as we were the champs in that territory

  6. godfrey meroka

    am a sametan fly half.we are a smal school located in nyanza but patch and upper can explain us better.we are in thiz years nationals so here we come.2012.

  7. Fastjr

    Back in the ’70′s Saints gave a good spanking to all teams out there…but must admit once in a while also got thrashed by RVA.

  8. Liz Pall (Cowles)

    RVA Rugby, team from 1994 – last time they won prescott cup! My brother was kicker, straight down the middle baby! Ok thats my two cents.

  9. CHELOGOI PATCHERIAN11

    We just need to admit that Patch has all the passion and love about rugby.That is why would always be patcherians till death do us apart.I did play rugby but I am now.So for all you hating,know we carry the history of rugby in Kenya.It does matter whether we have won but where the passion is.

  10. shappaman

    rugby will forever be a patcherians sport in kenya.we took a breather from the scene since 2007 but we are back with a bang.we made it to the 2012 national se7en aside tournament and carried away saints blackrock trophyt.this year our boys have done us proud by yet again goin to rep nrb at the national 15s.watch out as we bring the national trophy back to its home

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