NAIROBI, (Xinhua) --
Rugby Africa on Friday confirmed the six teams
that will compete in this year’s Silver Cup, which begins on
July 8 with two pools in north and southern Africa.
The six rugby 15s
teams are Algeria, Cote d’Ivoire and Senegal, who will form the
north pool and will have their matches played in Toulouse,
France, while the southern pool matches will be held in Mufulira,
Zambia, where teams are hosts Zambia, Botswana and Madagascar.
The winners of each
pool will then meet on August 25 to determine who joins the
Rugby Africa Gold Cup, which currently comprises Kenya, Morocco,
Namibia, Tunisia, Zimbabwe and Uganda.
However, the last
team in the Silver Cup will be relegated to the Bronze Cup
cadre, with Ghana promoted in their place.
President Abdelaziz Bougja said they had no choice but to have
the north pool matches out of the continent, as no country was
ready to host them and the majority of the players are based in
“We are aware that
the format of the tournament is different from last year, and
that the choice of venue for the games of the north pool has
caused our African supporters to ask questions. We always give
preference to matches on African soil, but this year, with no
country volunteering to organize the event and given that many
players from these three countries go on to progress their
careers in France, we turned to our partner, the French Rugby
Federation,” said Bougja in a statement.
Rugby Africa said
the Silver Cup will feature six qualification pool matches to be
played from Sunday to July 14.
“The ultimate winner
of the tournament will qualify for the 2019 Rugby Africa Gold
Cup. The location of the final will be decided once the group
matches are finished and will depend on the teams’ ranking,”
said Rugby Africa.
returned after having lost in the finals to Morocco last year
and are determined to clinch their place at the Gold Cup.
Ivorian coach Edgar Babou told Rugby Africa that his players are
keen to win the Silver Cup this year after missing out in 2017.
“Our players are
keen. The standard in this tournament will be very high. We are
anticipating intense and serious exchanges. Our commitment is
unwavering and we are ready for the challenge. The geographical
location this year is a double-edged sword for us. As we are far
from Africa, we hope that the large Ivorian community living in
France, as well as former internationals, will turn out to
support us and give us a boost,” said Babou.
Sofian Ben Hassen,
President of the Algerian Rugby Federation, urged caution,
noting that it would only be Algeria’s second appearance in the
“We are making slow
but steady progress and I am confident that, no matter what
happens, we will come out of this tournament a better team,”
said Ben Hassen.
Kenya 15s team maul Uganda in
Rugby Africa Gold Cup tourney in Nairobi
NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya 15s rugby team secured their third win in
as many attempts in the Rugby Africa Gold Cup campaign in
Nairobi on Saturday as they mauled Uganda Cranes 38-22.
The host however,
will have to return to the drawing board and improve on their
defense line especially in the second half as the team looked
jaded and out of breath to offer a glimmer of hope to the
Ugandans to exploit their weak points.
The match, which
also doubled up as the return leg for the regional Elgon Cup,
will see Kenya claim both the regional bragging rights and the
maximum points in their Rugby Africa Gold Cup campaign. Kenya is
now on three wins in the trop similar to Gold Cup defending
Namibia firmed their
grip at the top of the six-team standing when they played
Morocco’s Atlas Lions in Windhoek and beat their opponents
63-07, to earn 15 points in the competition. Kenya now has 12
points in second place.
Other teams in the
competition are Uganda, Tunisia, Morocco and Zimbabwe. The last
team in the group will be relegated to the Silver Cup
competition next season.
However, the winner
of the Gold Cup will secure automatic slot at the World Cup in
Japan in 2019 while the second finisher will be entered in a
Repchange qualifier tourney in November to play teams from
America, Asia, Latin and Europe.
Kenya’s rugby team makes four
changes to 15s team ahead of Uganda clash
NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya’s 15s rugby head coach Ian Snook has made
four changes to his team ahead of their match against Uganda
here on Saturday.
The two countries
will have no love lost between them as they clash aiming to keep
their hopes of qualifying for the Rugby World Cup in Japan in
2019 alive and also seek to claim bragging rights as the
regional champions of the Elgon Cup.
Kenya, who survived
a late scare from Zimbabwe last week in their 45-36 win, have
moved to remedy that and will give Jacob Ojee and Vincent Mose
Ojee is remembered
for scoring the opening try as Kenya beat Uganda 34-16 in
Kampala on May 26.
Ojee and Mose make
their first starts of the campaign after missing the opening two
rounds due to school commitments.
Ojee will be slotted
in on the left wing while Mose has been handed a role to start
as one of the fullbacks.
Former Kenya Sevens
international Felix Ayange has also been called to the 15s team,
landing his first test cap and will be starting on the right
wing while Oliver Mang’eni has been reinstated to the starting
line after coming off the bench against Zimbabwe.
Mang’eni takes the
place of Malcolm Onsando, who is rested alongside Edmund Anya,
Tony Onyango, Max Kang’eri and Curtis Lilako.
Starting on the
bench will be Biko Adema, Hillary Mwanjilwa alongside France
based Simon Muniafu, who could make his first appearance of the
Then Kenyan team is
coming into the match off the back of two top performances - a
28-24 win away to Morocco on June 23 in Casablanca and 45-36
victory against Zimbabwe in Nairobi.
This has placed
Kenya second on the log with eight points. They are seven points
adrift of titleholders Namibia with three games to play.
Namibia, on 15 points, have already dismissed Morocco, Zimbabwe
clash against Uganda, the qualification campaign will take a
break for one month and resume with Kenya hosting Tunisia before
traveling to Windhoek to face hosts and defending champions
Namibia in their final match on Aug 18.
The winner of the
round robin matches qualifies for next year’s Rugby World Cup in
Japan with the second placed team heading for the World
Repecharge tournament alongside other teams from Europe,
Asia/Latin and America. The winner of the tourney will also sail
through to the World Cup finals in Japan.
Uganda name team
for 2018 Rugby World Cup Sevens
KAMPALA Uganda (Xinhua) --
Uganda on Monday named the final 12-man team that
will take part in the 2018 Rugby World Cup Sevens tournament on
July 20-23 in San Francisco.
Onyango said he has picked the best team after months of
intensive training and participation in a series of tournaments.
The Uganda Rugby
Cranes will start their campaign against Samoa in the
preliminary round on July 21 at AT&T Park in San Francisco.
“I am happy that I
have been picked to be part of the team at the World Cup and we
are going to work hard to be able to impress in our first World
Cup,” player Michael Okorach said.
misses out after he broke his arm last month during a 2018 Rugby
Africa Gold Cup tie away to Namibia. If Uganda defeat Samoa, the
Rugby Cranes will face England in the round of 16.
The men’s category
will get underway on day one with Kenya facing Tonga in the
first game of the preliminary round.
The new format at
the World Cup will see the losers in the preliminary round drop
to the Bowl competition, while the losers in the round of 16
drop to the Challenge Trophy and the winners move on to the
representative Zimbabwe will face Wales in the preliminary
round. South Africa is among the top ranked teams and
automatically qualifies for the round of 16 where they will face
either Ireland or Chile.