Treu to whip Kenya into shape

Tue, 05 Nov 2013 18:29
Large paul treu pensive Large paul treu   vuyo zangqa Large paul treu pensive2

Paul Treu will strive for more consistency in developing the Kenya Sevens team towards qualifying for the 2016 Rio Olympics.

New Kenya Sevens coach Paul Treu will strive for more consistency in developing the team towards qualifying for the 2016 Rio Olympics.

In his first interview since signing a three-year contract with Kenya in October, the South African said his immediate challenge was to make the team more focused and be competitive in the second leg of the 2013-14 IRB World Sevens Series in Dubai on November 29-30.

"We need to find our feet with the players and make sure everyone is at the same level. Our focus will be on the fitness and making sure the players are more direct in their attack and the defence has to go forward," said Treu.

Fifth-ranked Kenya are drawn in Group A in the Dubai Sevens, alongside France, Portugal and New Zealand, winners of the season's opening round in Australia in October.

"It is going to be a tough pool. Playing against France and Portugal is not going to be easy and obviously New Zealand will be working to improve on their last game.

"It would be irresponsible for me to say that we are going to win this tournament. For us as a new management, our work is to make sure the players are well conditioned and ready to compete, especially among the eight teams on the circuit."

Along with his post of head coach, Treu's docket includes being head of high performance and working with the Kenyan coaches and players to professionalise their Sevens rugby.

He has been tasked with turning the Kenya Sevens team into a fully professional unit by 2015.

Treu's technical bench includes fellow South Africans, Vuyo Zangqa and Graham Bentz, who will serve as deputy coach and skills and conditioning coach respectively.


There are currently no matches being played
Sun, 04 October 2015
Zebre v Scarlets 13h00 Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi
Argentina v Tonga 13h30 Leicester
Ireland v Italy 15h45 London
Tue, 06 October 2015
Canada v Romania 15h45 Leicester
Fiji v Uruguay 19h00 Milton Keynes
Wed, 07 October 2015
South Africa v United States 15h45 London
Namibia v Georgia 19h00 Exeter
Fri, 09 October 2015
Pumas v Blue Bulls 16h00 Mbombela Stadium
Western Province v EP Kings 16h00 Newlands
New Zealand v Tonga 19h00 Newcastle
Sat, 10 October 2015
Golden Lions v Griquas 12h00 Ellis Park
Samoa v Scotland 13h30 Newcastle
Free State Cheetahs v Sharks 14h05 Bloemfontein
Australia v Wales 15h45 London
England v Uruguay 19h00 Manchester
Team P W D L Pts
Argentina Sevens 9 0 0 0 92
Wales Sevens 9 0 0 0 91
France Sevens 9 0 0 0 73
Scotland Sevens 9 0 0 0 48
United States Sevens 9 0 0 0 41
Kenya Sevens 9 0 0 0 40
New Zealand Sevens 9 3 0 0 167
Fiji Sevens 9 3 0 0 161
England Sevens 9 1 0 0 135
Samoa Sevens 9 1 0 0 133
South Africa Sevens 9 0 0 0 125
Australia Sevens 9 0 0 0 112
Canada Sevens 9 0 0 0 33
Spain Sevens 9 0 0 0 19
Portugal Sevens 9 0 0 0 18