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Rugby Legend Kayange Inducted Into World Rugby Hall of Fame

by Zablon Ondari
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Kenya Sevens legend and Olympics Kenya athletes representative Humphrey Kayange is among the six legends who have been inducted into the World Rugby Hall of fame.

He become the first Kenyan and East African rugby athlete to be inducted into the Hall of Fame list which recognises those who have made an outstanding contribution to the game of rugby throughout their careers, demonstrating rugby’s character-building values of integrity, passion, solidarity, discipline and respect on and off the field.

Others who have been inducted into the Hall of Fame alongside Kayange include Osea Kolinisau (Fiji), Huriana Manuel-Carpenter (New Zealand), Cheryl McAfee (Australia), Will Carling (England) and Jim Telfer (Scotland).

Kayange played a crucial role at the World Rugby Sevens tour in Singapore in 2016 when Shujaa Sevens won its first and only ever Main Cup title.

The former Mwamba RFC star was also key in seeing rugby get back to the Olympic Games and also featured for Kenya at their debut in the Rio 2016 Olympics.

Away from the pitch, Kayange and RWC Sevens 2009 winning captain McAfee convinced the International Olympic Committee members to elect rugby sevens to the Olympic programme in October 2009.

Kayange announced his retirement from the game in October 2016 at the age of 34.

This year, he was elected to the IOC’s Athletes’ Commission and as an IOC Member, furthering rugby’s voice within the Olympic movement.

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