Key Rugby events to look out for in 2020

2020 promises to be another exciting year in terms of Rugby, it is an Olympic year and there are a lot of events that will be taking place.

*Note that dates are subject to change …

Kenya Cup 2019/20 

The Kenya Cup 2019/20 season is set to continue as from 11 January 2020. Seven more rounds of the regular season will be played before entering the knock out stage. According to dates by Kenya Cup, the playoffs are set for 14 March, the Semis are set for 21 March while the Final will be on 4 April.

Enterprise Cup/Mwamba Cup

The Enterprise Cup and Mwamba Cup are set to commence on 8 February with the round of 16 stages. 16 teams are set for both categories. 12 Kenya Cup teams will be joined by four championship sides in the Oldest Competition- Enterprise.

The quarters are scheduled for March 7 while the semis will on 28 March. The final will be on 18 April.

Kakamega high celebrate after being crowned 15s Champions. Photo Courtesy/ Alvin Wesonga

School games/Varsity games

School games are set to kick-off as early as February and teams will converge in Kapsabet for both the 7s and 15s games from 14-23 April. The FEASSSA Games will be at Mpesa Foundation from 14-24 August. There will be KUSA (Varsity) 7s and 15s games with the shorter version scheduled for May and June. 15s games will be just before the 2020/21 Kenya Cup season.

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Rugby Super Series

According to the Kenya Cup scheduled, the Rugby Super Series is set to return as from 25 April and it will run for four weeks till 16 May.

Women’s 10s Festivals/Womens 15s 

The Women’s festivals will run on 2, 16 23 February and 1 March while 15s will kick off in April.

Barthes Cup 

Kenya Under 20 will be seeking to defend the title they won last year. Rugby Africa will announce dates for the competition which is like to fall in March or April.

Kenya’s Jeff Oluoch and Samoa’s Elisapeta Alofipo compete for a ball in the air on day one of the HSBC Cape Town Sevens 2019 men’s competition on 13 December 2019. Photo credit: Mike Lee – KLC fotos for World Rugby

World 7s Series

The World 7s Series will continue with the third leg of the competition set for FMG Stadium Waikato on 25-26 January. Kenya 7s who have 15 points from the opening two legs will be taking part in the competitions.  Teams will proceed to Sydney on 01 – 02 February. Los Angeles 7s is scheduled for 29 – 01 March while Vancouver will take place on  07 – 08 March.

Hong Kong and Singapore are slated for 03 – 05 and 11 – 12 April. The final legs,  London and Paris 7s will be on 23 – 24 and 30 – 31 May.

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Tokyo 2020 Olympics 

Rugby 7s at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo will take place from 27 July to 1 August at the Tokyo Stadium. 24 teams (twelve each for men and women) will compete in the tournament. Kenya Lionesses and Kenya 7s will be in the competition.

Elgon Cup/ Africa Cup/ Victoria

The Elgon is slated for 13 June and the return leg is just seven days away.  Kenya Simbas will also take part in Rugby Africa Cup which will start with pool stage matches against Morocco on May 30 in Kenya and an away clash to Cote d’Ivoire in Abidjan on 27 June. Should Kenya qualify for the semis and finals they will be in action on 29 July and 1 August.  According to the local calendar, Victoria will also take place in 2020.

KCB pose with Kakamega 7s trophy. Photo Courtesy/Scrummage.

National 7s Circuit/ Safari 7s 

The National 7s Circuit will commence on 25-26 July to 12-13 September while the Safari 7s International Tournament is planned for 24 October.

Impala Floodlit tournament is set to usher in the 2020/21 15s  season and the dates are likely to be on 26 September, 3 and 10 October.

Other tournaments

Six Nations, Super Cup, Bledisloe Cup, Championship and International matches are also set for 2020.

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