RUGBY AFRICA CUP

Kenya Simbas coach eyes 2019 World Cup

Kenya Simbas head coach Ian Snook says that securing qualification to the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan remains their aim as the qualifiers reach the penultimate round this weekend.
Simbas, second on the Africa Gold Cup log on 12 points face Tunisia at Nairobi’s RFUEA ground before travelling to Windhoek, Namibia for a meeting with the hosts on 18 August 2018; the match seen as a potential decider as to who secures automatic qualification to the global showpiece.
“The top six teams, besides South Africa are playing for the Gold Cup this year. If you can win that you are straight into the World Cup in Japan next year, which is still our aim and if you come runner up you go into a repechage,” Snook is quoted by World Rugby.
“You know there are exciting times ahead. There’s a big opportunity for these boys and we’ve been telling them, that get to the World Cup and the whole World will open for them. There’s so much talent here that hasn’t been tapped, they just don’t know how good they could be.”
The Africa Gold Cup winner secures World Cup qualification and slots in pool B as Africa 1 alongside defending champions New Zealand, South Africa, Italy and Repechage winners.
For the second-ranked side, they will head to a Repechage tournament scheduled for November 2018 in  Marseille France where a final slot will be up for grabs against Canada, Hong Kong and Germany.
 

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