Kenya under 20 vs Japan. Photo Courtesy/World Rugby.

Kenya picked to host Barthes Cup for three consecutive years


Kenya has been awarded right to host the U20 Barthés Trophy for the next three consecutive years with the 2020 edition of competition set to run from April 19-26 in Nairobi.

The will also be host if the 2021 edition and the 2022 editions. Kenya Rugby Union have confirmed the news through their official portal.

KRU boss Odour Gangla is happy that Kenya has landed the hosting right and has promised to work hard to ensure successful tournaments.

“The Kenya Rugby Union and the entire Kenyan people are thrilled by the excellent news from Rugby Africa awarding Kenya the Barthes U20 Trophy hosting rights for the next three years. It is indeed a great honour to all of us, ” Gangla told Kenya Rugby Union.

“Special mention to our Ministry of Sports, Culture and Heritage under the astute leadership of Amb. (Dr.) Amina Mohamed who have supported our bid. We will work closely with Rugby Africa, the government, commercial sponsors, media and other stakeholders to ensure successful delivery of the events,”

Eight national U20 teams will compete for the title. Participating teams in 2020 (in order of the current ranking) ate Kenya, Namibia, Senegal, Madagascar, Tunisia, Zimbabwe, Côte d’Ivoire, Zambia.

The 2019 edition was staged at KCB Sports Club with Kenya Under 20 beating Namibia 21-18 to win qualify for the World Junior Trohy.

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