Tunisia is the latest team to confirm participation in this year’s Safaricom Safari Sevens due for September 21 to 23 at the Nyayo National Stadium.
Tournament director Godwin Karuga indicated on Wednesday that more confirmations – especially from France and Spain – were awaited after Tunisia made it 11 entries.
The North Africans return to the event that received a major boost on Wednesday when Sarova Panafric signed a Sh5 million partnership with Kenya Rugby Union (KRU).
They will test their nerve and skills in the last two legs of the National Sevens Circuit in Kabeberi Sevens, which is due September 8 to 9, and Driftwood Sevens, planned for September 15-16.
Sarova Panafric general manager Anthony Ngunga presented a Sh1.5 million cheque as part of their package towards the 17th edition to Karuga. Also present were KRU chairman Mwangi Muthee and his deputy, Sasha Mutai.
Having made their first appearance in the 2000 championship that coincided with the Rugby World Cup qualifiers where hosts Kenya and Namibia prevailed to make the 2001 finals, Tunisia returned in the 2008 edition where Fiji and France debuted.
Tunisia are among teams that will enjoy massive discounts at the Panafric Hotel and The Stanley during the tournament.
Ngunga, accompanied by the hotel group’s marketing manager, Peter Waweru, also said the hotel chain will host a welcoming party for teams at Nyayo National Stadium.
“I call upon all rugby lovers to come and support their brand new, reenergised team as this is the last chance to see them in action before they head off to the HSBC Sevens World Series,” Muthee said.