Last Chance Saloon: Shujaa Face Canada In Repechage Opener

Aug 28 - by SPN Correspondent for sportpesa news

Hong Kong, Canada and Germany also vying for the final ticket for the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan

Simbas face Tunisia in their Africa Gold Cup clash in Nairobi. PHOTO/File

  • Ian Snook and his charges that fell short of clinching the automatic ticket to the World Cup when they fell 28-53 to Namibia in their closing 2018 Rugby Africa Gold Cup clash
  • Simbas will resume training on Monday to prepare for the round robin Repechage showdown for the last available ticket to Japan 
  • The winner will claim a berth in Pool B of the RWC that New Zealand, South Africa, Italy and old rivals Namibia
  • Kenya has been seeded third for this competition based on their global ranking of 28 

NAIROBI, Kenya- Kenya Shujaa XVs will embark on their final bid to qualify for the 2019 Rugby World Cup (RWC) on November 11 when they take on Canada according to the Repechage competition draw released by the world body.

Ian Snook and his charges that fell short of clinching the automatic ticket to the World Cup when they fell 28-53 to Namibia in their closing 2018 Rugby Africa Gold Cup clash on August 18, will also take on Germany and Hong Kong in their quest to make a maiden World Cup.

Simbas will resume training on Monday to prepare for the round robin Repechage showdown for the last available ticket to Japan that will run in Marseille, France from November 11 to 23.

The winner will claim a berth in Pool B of the RWC that has champions New Zealand, Snook’s country of birth, African giants and two-time winners, South Africa Springboks, Italy and continental title holders and old rivals Namibia.

Global giants

Kenya has been seeded third for this competition based on their global ranking of 28 behind Hong Kong (21) and Canada (23) with Germany (29) fourth in what will be a tight contest to make Japan.

Canada reached this competition after failing to qualify from the Americas region; Germany fell to a play-off defeat against Samoa while Hong Kong qualified for the Repechage after with another play-off victory over the Cook Islands.

Kenya finished second to Namibia in the continental tournament they last won in 2013 for the third time in a row after winning four of their five fixtures against Uganda, Tunisia, Morocco and Zimbabwe. 

New Zealander Snook who has previously been involved in record World Cup winners, All Blacks set up, succeeded South African Jerome Paarwater in January this year.

-Material from www.kru.co.ke used to compile this report

Repechage Fixtures (East African Time/+3GMT)

Sunday, November 11

Hong Kong v Germany – 4.00pm

Canada v Kenya – 6.30pm

Sunday, November 17

Hong Kong v Kenya – 4.00pm

Canada v Germany – 6.30pm

Friday, November 23 

Kenya v Germany – 8.00pm

Hong Kong v Canada – 10.30p