Last weekend saw the Samurai Sevens compete at the 2016 edition of the Safari Sevens in Nairobi, Kenya. The team accommodated a host of international players, including Spain’s Ignacio Martin and Scotland’s Dougie Fife, who sought to retain the title won by their predecessors in 2015.
Before the tournament kicked off at the Kasarani Safaricom Stadium, Team Manager of Samurai International RFC and Managing Director of Samurai Sportswear Terry Sands, went along to KISS FM Kenya. He discussed a little bit more about this years’ trip, the team and the bigger purpose behind it with host Shaffie Weru.
In his interview, Terry explains how last year’s Safari Sevens journey had pulled on the heartstrings of the players, who were proud to pull on a Samurai jersey. Not only did the squad leave with one of the few invitational trophies that had eluded them up until this point, but they also took a trip to the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust to see the amazing conservation work that they do. It was at this time that the rugby team decided to make their support for the Trust last and adopt one of the orphaned elephant claves, who is being hand raised by the DSWT at Nairobi National Park.
Terry, who makes regular visits to Kenya due to his company’s strong affiliations with Kenya RFU, later followed in the footsteps of his team and on visiting the DSWT for himself, adopted an elephant by the name of Ambo. This cemented the connection between Samurai International 7s, Samurai Sportswear and the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust.
Having witnessed first-hand what fantastic work the David Sheldrick Wildlife trust does to raise orphaned elephants and return them back into the wild, Terry worked to set up an agreement between his Samurai International RFC team, match kit supplier Samurai Sportswear and the trust, in order to continue to raise the profile of its incredible conservation project.
With the partnership in place, the in-house designers at Samurai Sportswear created a range of rugby match kit for the Samurai International RFC squad to wear at the 2016 Safari Sevens. This kit celebrates this relationship and reflects the values of both the DSWT and the team. The Rugby shirt has now also been developed into a replica product, which can be bought by the public, with a donation from each shirt being given directly to the trust.
Terry discusses how elephant numbers have now been reduced to the last couple of thousand and that this Rugby shirt has been created in order to protect the herd. Much like a rugby sevens team protects one another whilst they are working on the pitch, Samurai International RFC and Samurai Sportswear are working with the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust to ensure the future of elephants is a positive one.
Visit https://www.sheldrickwildlifetrust.org/ to see the Trust’s ongoing wildlife conservation projects.
Our Safari Sevens replica shirt, in association with the DSWT, is available here: http://bit.ly/2dgPG5n