NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Rugby Africa has announced new playing format for
its flagship tournament, the Africa Gold Cup ahead of the 2019
rugby governing body has announced it will have eight teams
divided into two Pools battling for the coveted title, with the
ultimate winner crowned the Africa champion for the rugby 15s
to Rugby Africa President Abdelaziz Bougja, the venue of the two
pool tournament is yet to be agreed.
“The dates are
tentative and should they change, Rugby Africa will alert the
participating nations,” said Abdelaziz Bougja on Wednesday.
Reigning Africa Gold
Cup Champions Namibia spearhead Pool A that also features
Tunisia, Zimbabwe and the newly promoted Zambia.
Pool B has Kenya,
which finished second, missing the World Cup ticket through the
continental qualifiers, Uganda, Algeria and Morocco. The 2018
Africa Gold Cup tournament attracted only six teams.
Zambia beat Botswana
and Madagascar in the Silver Cup South region while Algeria beat
the Republic of Cote d’Ivoire and Senegal in Silver Cup North
“The proposed format
will have the pool matches played in a round robin in two
different venues and on different dates in July,” said Bougja.
Pool A matches will
be played between July 6-14 while Pool B matches will take place
between July 13-21. The eight countries have been asked to bid
for hosting rights for the pool stages.
Winners of each pool
will proceed to the final where the host will be chosen
according to the points collected during the pool phases. The
final will take place in November.
Kenya to send strong junior
team to 2019 U-20 rugby Africa tournament
NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya will send a strong side to the 2019 U-20
Africa Rugby 15s tournament, eyeing to claim the Barthes Trophy
and a ticket to the Junior World Rugby Trophy in Brazil.
which will be staged from March 25 to April 14, has three pools.
Bougja Abdelaziz, president of Rugby Africa, said Wednesday that
12 teams have confirmed participation in the age group
“Venues for the
tournaments are yet to be announced because the countries have
until Jan. 15 to put in a tender to host,” said Abdelaziz in a
Kenya will have to
be at its best form if they are to challenge for the top spot in
the group and qualify for the semifinals. They are ranked third
in Pool A alongside top seed Namibia, Tunisia and Senegal.
Kenya missed out on
the Youth Olympics in Argentina, which is open to players under
17 years, but Kenya Rugby Union (KRU) Chairman Richard Omwela
has confirmed they are keen to enter a strong team in the U-20
Pool B has Africa
15s rugby giants Zimbabwe, the Republic of Cote d’Ivoire,
Morocco and Madagascar while Group C witnesses East African side
Uganda, Algeria, Zambia and Ghana.
The winners in Pool
C will be promoted to Pool B in 2020. This will be the first
time for Ghana to participate in the U-20 rugby international
“The winner of Pool
A will qualify for the 2019 Junior World Rugby Trophy,” said
The 2019 World Rugby
Junior World Trophy will be played at the Estadio Martins
Pereira in Sao Jose dos Campos in Brazil. The tournament will
take place from July 9-21.
The winner of the
2019 U-20 Trophy will earn promotion to the 2020 World Rugby
Kenya rugby team takes
positives despite missing World Cup
NAIROBI, (Xinhua) --
Captain of the Kenya rugby 15s team Wilson
Kopondo says his team has taken positives despite their failure
to make the 2019 World Cup.
Kopondo said the
team has gained valuable experience ahead of the 2019 season,
where some players will drop down to the Sevens game and seek
qualification for the 2020 Olympic Games.
“It has been a very
good experience for the country, we have taken the lessons and
seen the level we need to aspire too and that is what we will be
working towards for the next qualifiers,” he said.
Four teams of Kenya,
Canada, Germany and Hong Kong, China were battling for the last
slot after losing out in their respective continental World Cup
And it was Canada
who made the final spot to join 19 other qualifiers after
beating Hong Kong, China 27-10 in the final match of the
repechage tournament in France on Friday.
second after recording a bonus-point 43-6 victory over Kenya.
Hong Kong, China finished third and Kenya fourth.
Head coach Ian Snook
says lack of good preparations and support may have cost the
team the ticket to the World Cup.
“I don’t have any
plans at the moment. I will speak with the Kenya Rugby Union (KRU)
and we will see where we take it from here,” said Snook.
During the World
Cup, Canada will play in Pool B against defending champions New
Zealand, two-time winners South Africa, Italy and African
qualifiers Namibia, with their first match to be against the
Azzurri (New Zealand) in Fukuoka, Japan in September 2019.
Twelve teams have
qualified directly by virtue of finishing in the top three of
their respective pools at the World Cup 2015 in England. The
remaining eight places were determined by a process of regional
and cross-regional qualifiers.
process, which began in March 2016, has involved 188 matches
across 994 days among 71 teams for a dream of playing at 2019
The last eight
qualifiers are USA, Uruguay, Russia, Fiji, Tonga, Samoa, Namibia