Zimbabwe plays Kenya in the CAR tournament in Madagascar. Photo: IRB
After narrowly missing out on victory in the CAR Africa Cup last Sunday, Zimbabwe face the journey to Siberia where they will take on Russia in the town of Krasnoyarsk.
The one-off match – the first ever meeting between the two countries – will take place on Saturday 2 August, and will be refereed by Nigel Owens of Wales with fellow countrymen Sean Brickell and Wayne Davies appointed as assistant referees.
Following the conclusion of the CAR Africa Cup, Zimbabwe are currently ranked 27th in the IRB World Rankings – seven places below the Bears, who have yet to taste victory since Raphael Saint-Andre replaced Kingsley Jones as head coach for the IRB Nations Cup in June.
Namibia celebrate yesterday after winning the Africa Cup and a spot in Pool C of the RWC 2015. Photo: IRB
Namibia yesterday qualified for Rugby World Cup 2015 after claiming the Confederation Africaine de Rugby Division 1A title in dramatic fashion in Antananarivo.
Needing to win their final match against Madagascar by 53 points, the 1999, 2003, 2007 and 2011 participants produced an inspired performance to run out 89-10 winners, claim the Africa Cup and a place alongside New Zealand, Argentina, Tonga and Georgia in Pool C at England 2015.
At the beginning of a gripping day, the Namibians were outside hopefuls at best, but Zimbabwe’s 28-10 win against Kenya, denying the Kenyan’s a losing bonus point, while failing to secure a bonus point of their own, left the door ajar for the seasoned Rugby World Cup campaigners.
Humphrey Kayange has his eyes set on staring down the Haka. Photo: rwc
Kenya star Humphrey Kayange says that qualifying for RWC 2015 in England and facing the All Blacks would be like a dream come true.
By avoiding defeat against Zimbabwe in the final round of Confederation Africaine de Rugby Africa Cup Division 1A matches in Antananarivo on Sunday Kenya would confirm their place at England 2015 – the nation’s first appearance on Rugby’s greatest stage.
The Africa Cup champions will join champions New Zealand, Argentina, Tonga and Georgia in Pool C and for Kayange, a star of the Sevens circuit, qualification would be a career highlight.
“Qualifying would mean an awful lot to Kenya, the team and our fans, who are amazing. It would be like a dream come true to play New Zealand in the Pool stages and face the Haka – it is something that we dream about,” Kayange said.
Kenya Simbas (green) contest the ball against hosts Madagascar at Antananarivo. Photo: IRB
The Simbas yesterday dominated Madagascar, running in 34 points and conceding none in their second qualification tie in the Rugby World Cup qualifying tournament in Antananarivo, Madagascar.
With one game remaining on Sunday versus the Zimbabwe Sables, there is an air of expectation that the Simbas will qualify for the England Rugby World Cup 2015.
Coach Jerome Paarwater should be ecstatic with his squad. They have scored plenty of tries, showed composure when under the pump, and now have two wins from two games and a very strong points difference of +41, with one tie remaining.