Kenya 7’s maestro Collins Injera has made history after scoring 231 tries breaking Argentine’s Santiago Gomez Cora record of 230 tries in the World Rugby Sevens Series. He becomes the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series all-time leading try scorer, a record he broke on Saturday [21/05/2016] in the London 7’s Series.
The Kenya 7’s talisman surpassed Gomeze’s historic 230 try mark in a match against France in the last London leg series despite of Kenya losing the match 29-12. It was a historic day for Kenya and most importantly to Injera whose parents came in handy to support their son in Twickenham, London.
‘‘Rugby sevens is always special, been playing the sport since high school. When I started out, I really wanted to go for the record and now that I’ve realized it, it’s very unique. Getting it from my brother who started playing this game is wonderful; it is a special moment for me. It’s a special moment for me and happening at Twickenham makes it even more special,’’ stated an overjoyed Injera.
Injera was extra happy about Twickenham since he scored his first try series there, played his 50th tournament there, scored his 200th try there in 2015 and the icing on cake came in handy when he broke the 230 record try in the same venue. Collin’s Injera plays with his older brother Humphrey Kayange who gave him the pass that enabled him break the record.
In April 2016, Kenya 7’s broke headlines after they dismantled Fiji 30-7 in the final of the Singapore Sevens to capture their first World Series event which was a motivation heading to the Rio Olympics later in August.
The Kenyans, who had twice finished runner-up in tournaments, crashed the Fijians in the historic game with six tries in the first-half, including two by their talisman Collins Injera who took his tally to 228 touchdowns, just two behind Argentina’s Santiago Gomez Cora’s record of 230.
Injera was also named Player of the final in the 2016 Singapore Sevens, after he helped Kenya scoop its first tournament in the HSBC World Seven Series.