DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - NOVEMBER 03: Tomás Appleton of Portugal (left to right) Josh Hrstich of Hong Kong, Daniel Sikuta of Kenya and Alan McGinty of USA during the RWC 2023 Final Qualification Tournament – Captains Photocall at the Museum of the Future on November 03, 2022 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Christopher Pike - World Rugby/World Rugby via Getty Images)
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The Simbas are in Dubai, United Arab Emirates as they make their final attempt at qualifying for the 2023 Rugby World Cup set for France.

The side, who missed out on direct qualification to the tournament after a second place finish in July’s Rugby Africa Cup, are under no illusions of the task ahead.

Captain Daniel Sikuta said: “It’s a great honour to be here in Dubai, it is personally my fifth time in the country having been there with the sevens. It’s a good feeling and we are very happy to take this opportunity, do our best and try to qualify for Rugby World Cup 2023.”

“Everyone in the team is very excited, we lost against Namibia in the Rugby Africa Cup in France and this is our second opportunity to qualify so we will stick to our plan as a team. We will treat every game as a final but the first challenge is the USA. We need to be a team, in control, and take every opportunity at every minute, every second and see what happens after 80 minutes.”

The team will begin its campaign with a clash against the USA at 3.00pm East African Time on Sunday 6 November before playing Portugal at 3.00pm on Saturday 12 November. They will complete their fixtures with a match against Hong Kong at 4.00pm on Friday 18 November 2022.

Photo Credit: World Rugby

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