NAIROBI, (Xinhua) --
Rugby 15s head coach Ian Snook has summoned his
team to camp early to start preparation for the World Rugby
Repechage tourney in Marseille, France in November.
The New Zealand
coach has called the team to camp starting on Sept. 3 as he
seeks to work on the mistakes that left his side exposed losing
to Africa Gold Cup champions Namibia in Windhoek a week ago to
miss out on direct ticket to the World Cup in Japan in 2019.
“We had problems in
our defenses and we want to work on them,” said Snook on Tuesday
Kenya 15s team want
to embark on their final quest to secure a 2019 Rugby World Cup
berth at the repechage competition, which runs from Nov. 11-23.
Snook’s team missed
out on direct qualification after a 53-28 loss away to Namibia
and had to settle for the second slot in the Rugby Africa Gold
Cup campaign which served as the African qualifying round and
had teams from Uganda, Tunisia, Zimbabwe and Morocco.
In France, Kenya
will take their battle to the doorsteps of fellow losers in
respective continents Canada, Hong Kong, China and Germany in a
round robin competition for the remaining ticket. The winner of
the tournament will secure a slot in Pool B alongside New
Zealand, South Africa, Italy and Namibia at the World Cup in
“Kenya has been
seeded third for this competition based on their current global
ranking at 28 while Hong Kong (China) ranked 21st
globally, are top seeds with Canada (23) seeded second with
Germany (29) seeded fourth,” said Snook.
Canada will arrive
in Marseille after failing to qualify from the Americas region,
Germany fell to a playoff defeat against Samoa while Hong Kong,
China qualified for the repechage after playoff victory over the
Cook Islands to represent Asia/Pacific.
“Kenya will begin
the repechage campaign with a clash against Canada on Nov 11
before playing Hong Kong and Germany,” he added.