The Simbas will resume training on Monday 3 September 2018 as they embark on their final quest to secure a 2019 Rugby World Cup berth at the Repechage competition in Marseille,France from 11th to 23rd November 2018.
Ian Snook’s charges missed out on direct qualification after a 53-28 loss away to eventual qualifiers Namibia saw them finish second overall in the Rugby Africa Gold Cup which served as the African qualifying round.
While in France,the Simbas will duel against Canada, Hong Kong and Germany in a round robin competition for the remaining ticket and a berth in Pool B alongside New Zealand, South Africa, Italy and Namibia. They have been seeded third for this competition based on their current global ranking of 28 while Hong Kong , ranked 21st globally, are top seeds with Canada (23) seeded second and Germany (29) seeded fourth.
The other competing teams namely Canada reached this competition after failing to qualify from the Americas region, Germany fell to a playoff defeat against Samoa while Hong Kong qualified for the repechage after with playoff victory over the Cook Islands.
They will begin their repechage campaign with a clash against Canada on Sunday 11 November before playing familiar foes Hong Kong on Saturday 17 November and Germany on Friday 23 November.
Fixtures (East African Time)
Sunday 11 November 2018
Hong Kong v Germany – 4.00pm
Canada v Kenya – 6.30pm
Saturday 17 November 2018
Hong Kong v Kenya – 4.00pm
Canada v Germany – 6.30pm
Friday 23 November 2018
Kenya v Germany – 8.00pm
Hong Kong v Canada – 10.30pm