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Ten things to know about Collins Injera

National sevens rugby star player Collins Injera hogged the headlines this past week purely because of an off the ball incident which occurred at the season-ending leg of the IRB World Sevens in London.

Here is compilation of what else you need to know about the national sevens rugby team player:

1. He hails from Western Kenya, a region that famed for producing some of the best football, rugby, volleyball and hockey talents in the country.

2. The 28 year old started his sports career as a footballer at Vihiga High School. That was before his elder brother Humphrey Kayange, also a Kenyan international, persuaded him to try out rugby. His younger brother Micheal Agevi is also a promising rugby player.

3. He is statistically among the most successful rugby players both locally and internationally. At the IRB World Sevens Series tournament, Injera is placed tenth on the all-time scoring list and third overall on the all-time try scorers.

4. He made public of his aim to become one of the top try scorers in the competition back in 2009, in an exclusive interview with the Daily Nation.

5. He was among other senior players briefly expelled from the national sevens team in early 2015 by then coach Paul Treu over a contractual dispute. He was later recalled to the team due to public demand in the wake of poor performance by the team.

6. This past weekend he made the headlines for reportedly signing on one of the cameras at the London Sevens in Twickenham with a permanent marker. Injera has however come out to defend himself against allegations that he destroyed the camera, insisting the tournament organisiners are yet to approach him over the matter.

7. Besides his heroic talent, Injera is also a Mass Communications graduate, and works at a renowned PR firm in Nairobi. He recently signed a multi-million shilling corporate deal with mobile phone firm Samsung, for the use of his images.

8. He is happily married with two kids.

9. He remains an ardent football fan and is known to have a soft spot for Kenyan Premier League side AFC Leopards.

10. He opts to replicates his pace on the rugby pitch by zooming around town with different versions of the Subaru sports car.