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Samurai Confirm Squad For Independence 7s

1 month ago By Mark Dean

Samurai Barracudas confirm their squad, comprised of five different nationalities, for the Independence 7s in Nigeria

“I'm really excited to be coaching the Samutai Barracudas in Nigeria. I am very excited to see what this group of players can achieve.” Christian Hitt, Coach

Samurai include ten players with international experience as they look to retain their title in Nigeria. Kenyan internationals Felix Ayange and Cyprian Kuto along with former Nigerian captain Temitope Okenla return from the squad that won the tournament in 2016. They are joined by Kenyan legends Patrice Agunda, Philip Kwame, Michael Agevi and Humphrey Kayange with Kayange taking an assistant coach role in addition to playing. Philip Wokorach from Uganda makes his Samurai debut as do James Murphy, Braam Venter and Joshua Bassingthwaighte from SA. Bassingthwaighte has represented SA previously and Venter is highly regarded as a prospect for the future. The final member of the squad hails from Europe with Portuguese & Samurai 7s legend Pedro Leal captaining the side.

Samurai Barracudas Squad

Patrice Agunda* (Kenya)
Humphrey Kayange* (Kenya)
Philip Kwame* (Kenya)
Michael Agevi* (Kenya)
Joshua Bassingthwaighte* (SA)
Pedro Leal* (Portugal) - Captain
Felix Ayange* (Kenya)
Braam Venter (SA)
Temitope Okenla* (Nigeria)
James Murphy (SA)
Cyprian Kuto* (Kenya)
Philip Wokorach* (Uganda)

Coach: Christian Hitt (Wales)
Manager: Fahad Adil (Kenya)
Physio: George Odhiambo (Kenya)

*indicates International 7s Honours

Updated 18:10 - 25 Oct 2017 by Mark Dean

Where next?

Christian Hitt Confirmed As Coach For Independence 7s Christian Hitt will be the head coach for Samurai Barracudas at the Independence 7s in Nigeria
Samurai Retain Independence 7s Title Samurai Barracudas win the Independence 7s in Lagos, Nigeria for the second year in a row.

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