Rugby League has been present in Kenya since the early 1990’s, when it was popularized by the Legendary Kenyan International Eddy Rombo, who had turned professional and joined Leeds Rugby Club in England. Since then the code has existed in the Kenya rugby club circles, but mostly as a training game to develop tackling and defense skills in rugby Union Players. There was always talk at the rugby club houses in Kenya for years, on the need to start Rugby League as a competition Sports in the country. Eric Murungi and Edward Rombo have been instrumental over the years, in keeping the interest in the dream alive and coordinating rugby league stuff from time to time.
2014 In early 2014 they came together with other influential Kenya Rugby men, who were inspired with the intellectual rugby pursuit; that Kenya is an emerging world super power in rugby, and was ready for both League and Union Rugby codes.
It’s a big step in the final activation of Kenya Rugby League Federation, with the registration complete and we look forward to the competitions that are starting in February 2020. Currently we have clubs being formed all over the country, and we still continue receiving inquiries almost every day . This is an indicator of the interest in rugby league in Kenya, and an inspiration for all involved in KRLF. We are involved in discussions with potential partners and sponsors, interested in joining KRL in Kenya and the region. As expected, one of the biggest challenges is getting decent rugby pitches for trainings and games for the clubs in the country; we are looking at different options and partnerships with existing rugby union clubs,schools,colleges and members clubs to help overcome this. As we prepare for the domestic league that starts next year with 6 or 8 clubs, we have also developed a National Development Plan, which includes Coaches and Match officers’ capacity building programs. This includes a series of workshops and training courses with Partners from the International Rugby League. We also have a draft pathway development plan for age-grade rugby league, that will seek to tap players from Under- 16 backwards and introduction of the game in schools soon. This development plan includes Ladies rugby league, that we will introduce in 2020. There is everything to be built at this foundation level, and we welcome all to join us in this safari.
As we usher in the dawn of Rugby League in Kenya, we welcome all to join us in this endeavor to build Rugby League and make it the biggest, structured and most entertaining sport in Kenya. It’s a fantastic opportunity for aspiring players, sponsors, coaches, managers and partners to get involved with benefits for all. With clubs being developed all over the country currently, we look forward to an exciting first ever rugby league season in Kenya, in 2020. We believe that KRL , will help develop Kenya as a rugby super power in the world of rugby , by having both codes of rugby available within our borders. Best of luck to all of us
Thank you for joining us on this journey to establish rugby league in Kenya. As a child must crawl before learning to walk we are growing day by day in our ability to deliver to you the greatest game on earth in a sustainable, enjoyable and competitive environment.