How Kenya Simbas Can Still Qualify for Rugby World Cup Despite Crushing Defeat to Namibia

How Kenya Simbas Can Still Qualify for Rugby World Cup Despite Crushing Defeat to Namibia

  • Kenya Simbas will have another chance to qualify for their maiden World Cup when they head for the repechage tournament in November
  • Simbas were beaten by Namibia, who qualified directly for the Rugby World Cup that will be staged in France next year
  • The tournament of four will be held in a round-robin format, with the winner booking her place in the 20-team World Cup tournament

Kenya rugby 15s national side Kenya Simbas failed to book a direct ticket to the Rugby World Cup after falling to Namibia in the Rugby Africa Cup final.

Namibia swept aside Simba 36-0 to book a seventh successive appearance at Rugby's grandest stage. A hat-trick of tries from Wian Conradie plus a couple of other mistakes from the Kenyan side saw Namibia remain undefeated against Kenyan opposition since 2014.

Kenya Simbas, Rugby World Cup, France 2023
Kenya Simbas can still qualify for Rugby World Cup. Credit: @KenyaSimbas
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However, all hope is not lost for the Simbas as they will now head to a mini-tournament, also known as the Repechage tournament, for the final chance to qualify for the World Cup.

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Kenya will join Portugal, one of Tonga or Hong Kong and one of Chile or the United States in the tournament. The Repechage will take place in November in a yet-to-be-confirmed venue.

The winner of this tournament will be placed in Group C alongside Wales, Australia, Georgia and Fiji in the World Cup, which will be held in September next year in France.

Prior to the final, Kenya had beaten neighbours Uganda 42-7 in the quarterfinals before surviving a late scare from Algeria in the semifinals.

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