Rugby star Collins Injera retires

Rugby star Collins Injera retires

By Joshua Cheloti

Collins Injera, Kenya’s rugby star player has announced his retirement from international duties.

Injera, currently holding the record of the highest try scorer in Kenyan rugby history announced his resignation on January 24, 2023.

In a statement shared on his verified Twitter handle, the 36-year-old star said he feels it is the right time for him to hang the boots.

“Everything must come to an end, sometime. I have always said that I will know it’s time, because my body will tell me. And for the past few months it has really ‘spoken’ to me so, finally, I have decided to listen to it. I hope I made you all proud,” he tweeted, alongside a detailed statement and past photos of him in action representing the country in Rugby 7s.

Collins Injera retires, having registered 271 tries – ranking only second to Britain’s Dan Norton in the rugby sevens World Series try-scoring charts.

He played rugby for an impressive 17 years, the highlight being helping Kenya Sevens win the Singapore World Sevens Series in 2016.

Aside from Kenya winning the title, Injera was named player of the final as Kenya beat Fiji 30-7.

He made his international debut in 2005.

During the London Sevens in 2015, Collins Injera scored his 200th try – which he celebrated by scrawling his name on a television camera.

The incident was talked about for some time – with reports the move had ruined a lens valued at Ksh10 million.

Over the years that he has played rugby, Injera has won multiple awards.

He was nominated for the 2008–09 IRB Sevens Player of the Year award, which was eventually won by Ollie Phillips (rugby union) and also won the Kenyan Sportsman of the Year award in 2009.

In 2010, Injera was awarded the presidential Order of Golden Warriors (OGW) alongside his brother Humphrey Kayange for their performance in the 2008–09 IRB Sevens World Series.

Further, Collins Injera was named Player of the final in the 2016 Singapore Sevens, after helping Kenya to win their first tournament in World Sevens Series.

He was in January 2023 inducted into the Fiji Hall of Fame.


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