Kenya to host 2021 Barthes Cup

The U20 continental rugby tournament will be staged in Nairobi this year from June 25-July 4, following announcement of new dates by Rugby Afrique, on Tuesday. 

The Championship which was initially slated for three months earlier in March after failing to take place last year due to Covid-19 pandemic outbreak, will see 8 countries participating for the ultimate title.

“With the first round of competitions potentially kicking off soon, teams need to start preparing, and by all accounts, both unions and players are thrilled at the opportunity to participate in the game. With the season cancelled in 2020 due to the pandemic, we look forward to our players returning to the field and advancing the sport and their athletic prowess.” Rugby Africa’s Vice President Andrew Owor said.

The Kenya Rugby Union Director of youth development Mwalimu Kombo, said plans are underway to select a team that would take part in the competition, in a bid to help the boys prepare adequately for the tourney.

“On Sunday I oversaw selection of a few players at RFUEA grounds and we hope that they would mingle well with those already in the team. The Government has to come in early and support the initiative by the federation to ensure smooth preparation progress” he stated.

Newly appointed head coach of the Kenya U20 national team Curtis Olago, will have his first assignment overseeing Chipu’s defence of the Barthes U20 trophy, after being handed a two-year deal to handle the side.

Reigning champions Kenya will hope to continue with its glittering show on the African soil when they battle with the likes of Namibia, Senegal, Madagascar for continental supremacy.

Winners of the competition will represent Africa in the Junior World Trophy Tournament which is slated for September 2021.

Kenya beat Namibia at the KCB Sports Club to win the 2019 edition, a feat that earned them qualification to the Junior World Trophy tournament in Brazil where they finished sixth.

  

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