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The 2004 season was memorable for Kenya sevens rugby as the national team recorded famous victories to stamp their authority on the international scene.
The victories marked a new era for the country at the world stage . such renewed confidence and rejuvenation ensured that the team was a regular feature in the international rugby board.(IRB)
The team did not disappoint in tours to Dubai, South Africa, news land, Usa ,Hong Kong, France and united kingdom.
The results were a clear testimony that sevens rugby  in Kenya has come of age. For that achievement, they were named the 2004 men’s Team of The year.
In the Dubai sevens, Kenya blew off Ireland 29-19 in the quarter finals of the ball and went on to lose 7 – 17 in the semi finals of the events. England own the Dubai series with a narrow 26-21 score against fiji.
In December Kenya beat Australia 24-21 Georges Sevens in South Africa and followed it with another 17-0 thrashing Hong Kong in the South Pacific. In  total, the national Sevens sides played 35 matches in the Arabian Gulf scoring 61 tries.
Earlier, the National side started its defence of the Safari Sevens titled in June with an emphatic 10-0 victory over South Africa. The team remained unbeaten throughout the tournament which attracted sides from around the world.
A week later, Kenya out smarted  swasziland. Botswana. Zimbabwe, Uganda, Zambia and Namibia in Lusaka to qualify for 2005 Sevens rugby world cup in Hong Kong where it finished a respectable seventh overall after several famous results.
The African side showed explosive form in dismissing Australia 28-22, Wales 17-0. France 24-12, and Scotland 17-0, to finish the Seventh series ninth overall. The Kenya carried the good form in the 2005 season in the team recording an emphatic 17-0, victory against Hong in the Singapore Sevens.
The Kenyans however came up against refined opposition losing 7-24 and 12-28 to England and Scotland respectively in some of the prelimaranry.
This string of good results under coach Gordon Anampiu opened for several Kenya player who landed lucrative contracts in the English Rugby league.
Oscar Osir and the former Kenya skipper Benjamin Ayimba signed for U.K first division outfit newly Penzance Pirates while Lucas Onyango a contract with English division two sides, Manchester RFC.


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