Kenya Rugby Union on Friday named New Zealander Paul Feeney as the new technical director and new head of Kenya 7s programme.
Feeney was unveiled by KRU chairman Oduor Gangla who said Feeney starts work immediately.
Gangla said Feeney will first work till the Olympics qualifiers but the plan is to work with him through to the 2022 Sevens World Cup campaign.
On Paul Murunga, who was the Kenya 7s coach last season, Gangla said he will be retained with Kenya Rugby Union to work with other teams especially Morans.
“We are cognizant of where our team is. The most important thing is re-set up. More importantly to build a successful and stable environment,” said Gangla.
“We are looking to get back to where we were.”
Kevin Wambua and Erick Ogweno are retained as assistant coach and team manager respectively.
Feeney, who has been in Kenya for two weeks, said he’s excited to work with Kenya 7s.
“When I spoke to KRU on the vision was exciting as a challenge. I have at the structures of what they have and what they don’t have, for me it’s a good challenge.”
“It is unique, there’s talent and we’ll help the talent to be what they can be.”
“I think my role as skills coach in the Super rugby will be crucial and I look forward to implement here.”
Feeney is a World Rugby Level 3 coach with more than 25 years coding experience in both 7s and 15.
“Part of my role is to work with local coaches. If there is talent it means we also have good coaches.
Within a short time I think we can get somewhere.
In the first few days it will be one on one meetings with people at the Union and also players.”
On the contract issues, Gangla said they’ll not be locking out players back to the back but added they are yet to offer improved contracts.