Earlier this year Rugby Africa announced the new Rugby Africa Cup (RAC) a format that is easier to follow for spectators and more inclusive for teams across the continent.
On November 23, 2019, the elimination stage kicks off the new season with two matches: Côte d’Ivoire vs Rwanda in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, and Ghana vs Botswana in Elmina, Ghana.
The following matches will be Senegal vs Mauritius in Dakar, Senegal on November 30, 2019 and Madagascar vs Nigeria in Antananarivo, Madagascar on December 1, 2019. The matches will be broadcasted live and for free on Rugby Africa’s Facebook page.
Between the elimination series, the group rounds and the final tournament, there will be a total of twenty matches spread over up to sixteen different host countries across Africa.
Kenya Simbas will be in action in June 2020 where they have been pooled alongside Morocco and Winner of the match Côte d’Ivoire vs Rwanda.
The president of Rugby Africa, Khaled Babbou, is excited to begin the new season: “The Africa Cup 2020 is a completely revised system of competition to bring more value to our federations, the spectators and our partners in the long term. We are confident that the new format will help us forge new partnerships that will allow us to improve our offering every year. Our strategy for Rugby Africa is to get more countries involved into rugby, member unions’ players to gain more match experience, to raise up our teams to a standard of excellence and ultimately a pool of high-level African athletes that are recognized at an international level. Together with our main official partner APO Group and the project team from Moonsport Content & Entertainment we look forward to the evolution of the game and spectator experience of African rugby.”
Moonsport Managing Director, Trent Key expresses: “We are excited by the opportunity to showcase the vast rugby talent on the African continent to the world, through innovative broadcast means. They are great stories that are just waiting to be unearthed, and with Rugby Africa providing us with this opportunity, we cannot wait to hit the ground running and showcase what Africa has. Rugby Africa is very forward-thinking and understands current media trends, especially in the digital space, so we are looking forward to creating world-class content that is easily accessible.”
“We are excited to work with Rugby Africa in building a fan-focused digital ecosystem that is accessible to everyone. Rugby in Africa is a serious sport and we are looking forward to delivering a digital presence that reflects this”, says Moonsport’s Creative Producer, Simon Key.
Elimination stage: November/December 2019 – 4 single matches
23 November: Côte d’Ivoire vs Rwanda in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire
23 November: Ghana vs Botswana in Elmina, Ghana
30 November: Senegal vs Mauritius in Dakar, Senegal
1 December: Madagascar vs Nigeria in Antananarivo, Madagascar
Group stage: From June 2020 onwards – 3 matches per group, 12 in total
Group A: Namibia, Zambia, Winner of the match Madagascar vs Nigeria
Group B: Kenya, Morocco, Winner of the match Côte d’Ivoire vs Rwanda
Group C: Uganda, Algeria, Winner of the match Senegal vs Mauritius
Group D: Tunisia, Zimbabwe, Winner of the match Ghana vs Botswana
Final stage: July to August 2020 – 4 matches
Semi-final 1: Group A Winner vs Group D Winner
Semi-final 2: Group B Winner vs Group C Winner
Play-off for 3rd place: Loser of semi-final 1 vs Loser of semi-final 2
Grand final: Winner of semi-final 1 vs Winner of semi-final 2