Busy year ahead for national squads

2018 brings with it a packed activity schedule for four of Kenya’s representative national squads.

Shujaa, the national sevens team continue with their 2017/18 Sevens World Series campaign when the third round takes place in Sydney, Australia between 26th and 28th January. They will also compete at April’s Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia as well as at the Rugby World Cup Sevens in San Francisco, USA between 20th and 22nd July.

The Lionesses will seek to become a core side on the 2018/19 Women’s Sevens World Series when they play at the qualifying tournament on 4th and 5th April in Hong Kong. They will also be in action days later at the  Commonwealth Games before playing at the Women’s Africa Cup Sevens at a yet to be confirmed venue in May.

The national U20 team, Chipu, will be out to return to the World Rugby Junior Trophy for the first time since Kenya hosted it in 2009. They will need to emerge victorious at the Rugby Africa U20 Championships which take place in March.

After coming agonizingly close to qualifying for the 2015 Rugby World Cup, the national fifteens side, Simba, will play in the 2018 Rugby Africa Gold Cup which doubles up as the African qualifier for the 2019 RWC. The winners of the Rugby Africa Gold Cup in 2018 will go to RWC 2019 as Africa 1 and play New Zealand, South Africa, Italy and the Repechage Winner in Pool B.

Activity Schedule

SHUJAA

Time table

HSBC Sevens World Series – Rd 3, 26-28 January, Sydney, Australia

HSBC Sevens World Series- Rd 4, 3-4 February, Hamilton, New Zealand

HSBC Sevens World Series – Rd 5, 2-4 March, Las Vegas, USA

HSBC Sevens World Series – Rd 6, 10-11 March, Vancouver, Canada

HSBC Sevens World Series – Rd 7, 6-8 April, Hong Kong

Commonwealth Games – 13- 15 April, Gold Coast, Australia

HSBC Sevens World Series – Rd 8, 28-29 April, Singapore

HSBC Sevens World Series – Rd 9, 2-3 June, London, England

HSBC Sevens World Series – Rd 10, 9-10 June, Paris, France

Rugby World Cup Sevens – 20 -22 July, San Francisco, USA

Click on the link to view the Chipu, Lionesses and Simba fixtures in 2018  http://www.kru.co.ke/calendar/rugby-africa-fixtures/

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