Kenya Rugby Union sack Head Coach Ian Snook
Kenya Rugby Unions through their Chairman Richard Omwela confirmed on Tuesday that New Zealander Ian Snook has had his employment terminated by Union as the Kenya Simbas head coach days after failing to guide the team to the 2019 Rugby World Cup qualification.
Omwela confirmed that Snook and his assistant Roulston Murray saw their contracts terminated since the pair failed to meet their set targets.
“The reason why we brought them was to help us with qualification for the World Cup. That didn’t happen. Now everybody is in the World Cup mood and we do not have assignments that we will require them so going forward we want to go back to the local coaches; particular emphasis on Chipu that we are looking at.” Said KRU Chair man Richard Omwela
“Obviously we want to look at the big picture on how we go into the next cycle of the World Cup,” Omwela added.
Snook took charge of the Kenya Simbas in March 2018 on a two-year contract and the immediate expectation was that he would lead the team to the global showpiece to be held in Japan in 2019.
He coached Kenya in 10 matches managing to win five and lose five. Under his watch, Kenya Simbas routinely won the Elgon Cup beating Uganda 72-38 on aggregate.
The East African Nation missed World Cup qualification through the Africa Gold Cup where they finished behind winners Namibia to head to France for the last qualification.
In France, the Kenya Simbas lost all three matches to finish fourth with no points, with eventual winners Canada took the last slot at the World Cup.
Ian Snook’s record in charge of the Kenya Simbas.
Matches played: 10
Win Percentage: 50%
Titles won: 1(Elgon Cup)
Elgon Cup first leg
Uganda 16 Kenya 34
Africa Gold Cup
Morocco 24 Kenya 28
Kenya 45 Zimbabwe 36
Kenya 38 Uganda 22
Kenya 67 Tunisia 0
Namibia 53 Kenya 28
Romania A 36 Kenya 5
Canada vs Kenya 65-19
Hong Kong vs Kenya 42-17
Kenya vs Germany 6-43