Edward Rombo

Edward Rombo

Edward Rombo was born in 1967. He first gained fame when he played rugby at Nairobi School. Rombo was already an outstanding performer and team captain for Nairobi school by the time he was in form three. He is remembered for a memorable performance in 1986 against rivals Lenana when he scored two late tries to seal the victory. By the time he completed form six at Nairobi school, Rombo was already playing in the national league for Barclays RFC. That same year he played for the national team in a match against Zimbabwe. Rombo joined the University of Nairobi in 1987 and, as expected, turned out for that university’s rugby side, Mean Machine RFC, for whom he served as captain in 1989. With a combination of lightning speed and an array of bedazzling moves, Rombo often left opponents bewildered. His trademark move came to be known as the “Rombo jig” among Rugby fans in Kenya. Mean Machine had not won the Kenya cup since the 1970s. But Rombo inspired the star studded team to two consecutive Kenya cup wins in 1989 and 1990. In 1990, he was invited for trials at rugby league side Leeds Rhinos. He impressed during trials and Leeds were ready to sign him after one week of trials. He landed a Professional contract to play with Leeds Rhinos where he played alongside some of the worlds best including legendary All Black full back John Gallagher. Besides playing for Leeds, he also played for Dewsbury RFC and Featherstone Rovers, both of whom he led in scoring. He was nicknamed “Rambo” by the British media. While playing in the UK, Rombo pursued a degree in Law. He later returned to Kenya and wound down his playing career with Mwamba RFC.

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