Kenya Rugby Football Union is the governing body of rugby in Kenya and a member of the Confederation of African Rugby (CAR) and the International Rugby Board (IRB). Rugby has a long history in Kenya. The Rugby Football Union of Kenya (RFU-K) was formed in 1923 and incorporated into the Rugby Football Union of East Africa (RFUEA) in 1956. KRFU was formed in 1970 to govern the game in Kenya.
It is based at the RFUEA grounds on Ngong Road, Nairobi. In 2009, the union was voted the Federation of the Year during the ‘Kenyan Personality of the Year’ Awards. The board is mandated to oversee the national teams and local rugby tournaments. The national teams include the junior rugby sides, the women’s teams, the 15s senior side and the sparkling Sevens team.
KRFU has been credited with the superb performances of the Sevens team in the international arena. It has organised four major senior 15s tournaments and a national Sevens circuit which consists of four legs spread all over the country. The 15s tournament include the coveted Kenya Cup, which is similar to the league in other unions, the Enterprise Cup, a knock-out tournament, and Floodlit and Super Series tournaments.
The Sevens national circuit runs through Kisumu, Nakuru, Nairobi and finally Mombasa. All participating teams in rugby in Kenya must register with KRFU, and nine major teams participate in most tournaments. They are Nondescript, Impala, KCB, Nakuru, Kenya Harlequin, Mwamba, Mean Machine, Strathmore and Mombasa. The other teams are university sides that are not consistent in participation.