Safari Sevens

The Safari Sevens, known as the Safaricom Sevens after main sponsors Safaricom is an annual rugby sevens tournament held in Kenya. The tournament is run by the Kenya Rugby Union. The competition is promoted as being Africa’s premier rugby sevens tournament drawing crowds of over 20,000 to the weekend event.

After 15 years at the RFUEA Ground and growing attendances annually, the Kenya Rugby Union decided to take the tournament to the Nyayo National Stadium for the first time. Nyayo is a football and athletics stadium built in 1983 to host the 1987 All-Africa Games and has a capacity of 30,000; the 2010 African Athletics Championships were also held here.

A small tournament started by a group of rugby enthusiasts has blossomed into Africa's premier 7-a-side rugby tournament.  They would tend to play an opener against local invitation team Scorpions followed by a couple of games against club opposition and finally a Kenya . And then along came professionalism in the early 90's and foreign tours to Kenya dried up.

Frustrated by Kenya's lack of international rugby exposure, a group of EGORs (elderly gentlemen of rugby), while on tour, came up with the idea of bringing top rugby talent to Kenya as part of a sevens tournament. At the same time, the KRFU recognized the impact sevens rugby might have on the Kenya rugby fraternity.

The Safari Sevens was born.