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Legendary Humphrey Kayange inducted into the World Rugby Hall of Fame

In Summary

  • The world rugby hall of fame has been in place since 2006.
  • Locally Humphrey Kayange played for Mwamba RFC.

Former Kenya rugby star Humphrey Kayange has been inducted into the World Rugby Hall of Fame class of 2021.

The rugby hall of Fame recognizes the outstanding achievements and contributions of individuals and organizations within the game. It celebrates those who have moulded and played a significant role in the game of rugby.

Kayange becomes the first Kenyan to be inducted, he is the 150th entrant into this prestigious list. Five other rugby legends join him.

Kayange’s career with Shujaa

A veteran of twelve HSBC World Rugby Sevens series, he was a mainstay of a Kenyan Sevens team feared for its strength and athleticism playing from 2003 to 2016.

Together with his brother Collins Injera, Kayange helped Kenya reach two Rugby World Cup semi-finals in 2009. He also appear at two Commonwealth Games in 2010 and 2014.

The highlight of his career was probably when he was part of the team that won Kenya’s first ever HSBC World Rugby Sevens Cup title in 2016 in Singapore, after 114 tournaments.

The Kenya Sevens team celebrate winning the 2016 Singapore Sevens title. PHOTO/COURTESY

Individual honors also came knocking when he was nominated for rugby sevens player of the year in 2009 and in 2013.

He retired from the game after leading Kenya to the Rio 2016 Olympics.

Contributions away from rugby

In the aforementioned Olympic Games, Kayange was a member of world rugby’s bid team that successfully earned the inclusion of sevens at the Rio games.

Earlier this year he became the first rugby Olympian to be appointed to the International Olympic Committee (IOC)’s decision making structures.

Humphrey Kayange after becoming an IOC member. PHOTO/COURTESY

In 2010 he was awarded the presidential Order of Golden Warriors (OGW).

“I think its still surreal, it’s one of those things you do not expect. I’m honored. I’m excited,” the former captain said as he received memorabilia, a cap and a pin, from the World Rugby Hall of Fame.

Messages of congratulations continue pouring in for the star from the rugby world and fans. A legend of the game who is truly an inspiration and role model to many.

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