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Cape Town, 28 January 2020, Rugby Africa – Rugby Africa announced the successful bid of Kenya Rugby to host the U20 Barthés Trophy, sponsored by Société Générale, for three consecutive years. The 2020 edition of the U20 Barthés Trophy will be held on April 19, 22 and 26 in Nairobi, Kenya.

Kenya U20’s Geoffrey Okwach in action against Namibia U20 during the 2019 Barthes U20 Trophy final in Nairobi. Kenya won this match 21-18 to qualify for the 2019 World Rugby Junior Trophy in Brazil

“The Kenya Rugby Union and the entire Kenyan people are thrilled by the excellent news from Rugby Africa awarding Kenya the Barthes U20 Trophy hosting rights for the next three years. It is indeed a great honour to all of us. Special mention to our Ministry of Sports, Culture and Heritage under the astute leadership of Amb. (Dr.) Amina Mohamed who have supported our bid. We will work closely with Rugby Africa, the government, commercial sponsors, media and other stakeholders to ensure successful delivery of the events,” states Kenya Rugby Union Chairman Oduor Gangla.

Action from the 2019 Barthes U20 Trophy final between Kenya U20 and Namibia U20 in Nairobi.

Guédel N’Diaye, President of the Competition Commission at Rugby Africa and President of the Senegal Rugby Federation, looks forward to launch an exciting 2020 season: “The U20 Barthés Trophy marks the first tournament in the Rugby Africa calendar this year. We believe that we need this kind of commitment as shown by Kenya Rugby Union to strengthen our sport for a sustainable and strong future. With solid commitment we can equally build a successful broadcast and commercial program around the event. The young players are our major asset in terms of growing participation and fan base. The U20 Barthés Trophy tournament speaks to our long-term strategy for Africa to become the breeding ground of the next generation of world class athletes. Through this competition we can measure the real progress accomplished by the federation in terms of the development rugby amongst the youth. 80 % of the selected players evolved from their local championships.”

The Barthés Trophy is the only junior tournament in Africa and 8 national U20 teams compete for the title. Participating teams in 2020 (in order of the current ranking): Kenya, Namibia, Senegal, Madagascar, Tunisia, Zimbabwe, Côte d’Ivoire, Zambia.

Pool A:






Pool B:




Côte d’Ivoire


Match Schedule:


April 19, 2020

M1: KEN vs ZAM

M2: MAD vs TUN

M3: NAM vs CIV

M4: SEN vs ZIM


April 22, 2020

M5: Loser M1 vs Loser M2

M6: Loser M3 vs Loser M4

M7: Winner M1 vs Winner M2

M8: Winner M3 vs Winner M4


April 26, 2020

M9: A4 vs B4

M10: A3 vs B3

M11: A2 vs B2

M12: A1 vs B1




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