Key Rugby events in 2019

Just like last year, 2019 promises to be another exciting year for rugby lovers as there shall be a variety of events both locally and Internationally.

Kenya Cup, Championship and Nationwide leagues are set to resume next weekend after 27 days of rest. Clubs will continue fighting for the playoff spots with Kabras hoping to maintain the top spot as second and third placed KCB, Impala seek to dethrone them.

Key dates 

At the bottom end of table, Oilers, Mean Machine and Strathmore Leos are relegation threatened and they will be keen to rise to safety. The Kenya Cup top six Playoffs will be on Saturday 27 April, the Semis will run on Saturday 4 May while the Kenya Cup winner will be known Saturday 11 May.

Read: Kenya Cup fixtures

In the Championship, the race for the two promotional slots will continue with the likes of USIU, Western Bulls, Catholic Monks, Kisii and Kisumu RFC seeking to do well in  the remaining matches to avoid falling out of the playoffs spots. At the other end South Coast Pirates, UoE, Kitale, Egerton will be fighting for safety. The Championship Playoffs will be on Saturday 27 April 2019 while Championship Semis will be on Saturday 4 May 2019. The winner of the second tier will be known on Saturday 11 May 2019.

Homeboyz players pose with the Enterprise Cup. It was the first ever Silverware in 15s. Photo Courtesy


Unlike the past seasons, the Enterprise Cup will kick off on 2 February with first round matches. The Quarters and Semifinals will be on Saturday on 9 March and 13 April 2019 respectively. The finals of the event will on held on Saturday 18 May.

After the Kenya Cup, Championship, Nationwide, and the Enterprise Cup, the National 7s Circuit is expected to kick off in July to September. The Floodies, and the 2019/20 15s season will be in October and November respectively, dates for this events will released by the Kenya Rugby Union.

The Great Rift 10 aside will be on 20th April.

World 7s 

The World 7s Series will resume on 26-27 January with the Hamilton leg in  New Zealand. In Early February, the teams will make a stop in Australia for the Sydney 7s.

Las Vegas, Vancouver, Hong Kong, Singapore, London will follow and the season will come to an end in Paris, France in June 2019.

Barthes Cup

The 2019 Rugby Africa under 20 Barthes Cup Pool A matches  will be hosted in Kenya. The matches will kick off on 27 March 2019 with the winner of the pool set to qualify for the 2019 Junior World Rugby Trophy.

Pool B matches set for April 3 to April 6 will be hosted in Zimbabwe. Read Barthes schedule

Kenya’s Dalmus Chituyi scores his first try during Kenya’s 45-36 victory against Zimbabwe on Saturday,30 June 2018/photo/ APO Group

Africa Gold Cup 

The Rugby Africa Gold Cup will kick off in July 2019 with eight teams participating and they have been divided into two groups of four teams each.

Kenya are in Pool B alongside Uganda, Algeria, and Morocco while Tunisia, Ivory Coast, Zambia join Champions Namibia in Pool A.

The matches will kick off on July 6 with Pool A  matches running till 14th July. Pool B matches will take centre stage as from 13th July.Winners of each pool will proceed to the final, the final will take place in November.

Africa Mens 7s  will be expected to take place in October though Rugby Africa are yet to released dates and venue for the annual event.


The 2019 Kenya Secondary School Sports Association games will kick off in February with Rugby 7s and 15 are set to run among the term one games.

The National games will commence on 5th April and end at 14th April at Shanzu TTC and Shimo La Tewa. The Federation of East and Central Games will be held in Mwanza Tanzania as from Mid August to August 24.

Past action pitting Machine and Blad. Photo Courtesy/Varsity League

KUSA/ Varsity

KUSA 7s and Varsity league dates are yet to be releases but the 7s matches are likely to commence in the mid year while Varsity League will run in October.

Six Nations/ Super Rugby

The Six Nations Tournament will kick off on Friday 1 February 2019 and it will run till March 16, 2019.

Super rugby on the other hand will run from Friday 15th February to 6th July.

World Cup

2019 Rugby World Cup will be the ninth Rugby World Cup, and it will be held in Japan from 20 September to 2 November. This will be the first time the tournament to be held in Asia.

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