The Kenya Lionesses remained in 23rd position globally after finishing second at the Rugby Africa Women’s Cup in Antananarivo, Madagascar.
This is the Lionesses highest ever ranking, having headed to the weeklong competition ranked 25th globally.
The Lionesses have 47.41 ranking points, and remain second in Africa behind South Africa who sit 13th in the world on 66.15 ranking points.
England remain the number one ranked team in the world on 94.55 points with World Champions New Zealand second on 93.19 points.
In a bi to tap a wider pool of talent, the Kenya Rugby Union (KRU) is now attracting more girls and young women to the sport by partnering with schools and universities and organising tournaments.
“If these girls are assured of getting a source of income out of this sport, they would have peace of mind. Regular camps as well would enable the technical bench to cover a very broad spectrum of this game,” said team head coach Dennis Mwanja who further claimed that wider societal support will strengthen his team’s battle readiness.
The national women’s rugby team demolished Cameroon 52-3 in their final Rugby Africa Women’s Cup match on Sunday afternoon at the Stade Makis in Madagascar.
The Lionesses were looking to recover from their 48-0 loss to South Africa in their previous match on Wednesday and duly got down to mauling their fellow felines from West Africa when Nelly Chikombe scored the first try in the early stages of the match.