NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya 15s rugby team requires US dollars 500,000
for their two-week tour of Europe to compete in the Repechage
tournament in Marseille, France in November.
Kenya lost out to
Namibia in the continental qualification and must use the
Repechage route to earn a ticket to the finals in Japan in 2019.
starts from Nov 11-23, will see Kenya duel against Hong Kong,
China, Canada and Germany in a round robin tournament with the
overall winner securing qualification for the 2019 Rugby World
Cup in Japan.
Kenya Rugby Union (KRU)
Chief Executive Officer Sylvia Kamau said they are seeking the
money to help the team pitch camp in Romania and France.
“The money will
cater for the coaches’ salaries, players’ allowances and
accommodate during the Namibia and Romania build-up matches,”
said Kamau on Thursday in Nairobi.
The team has lined
up four friendly matches. Kenya will play against British Army
on Oct 17, Namibia on Oct 21 and Romania and a semi-professional
side from South Africa’s Blue Bulls Oct 28.
Head coach Ian Snook
believes the four matches will help the team overcome their
fears and secure their first ticket to the World Cup.
“Kenya will then
play against Romania on Nov 3 in Bucharest before heading to
France for the Repechage tourney in Marseille. This matches are
critical to gauge the team and put them in competition mood,”
coach Dominique Habimana was happy with the four build-up
matches planned for next month.
“It’s important we
play build up matches to gauge our preparedness and the level of
physicality and intensity ahead of the qualifiers,” he said.
Habimana said the
squad has been undergoing intense strength and conditioning and
will embark on tactical drill this week.
“The boys are in
good shape and we will now focus on the technical aspects of
where we need to improve as a team and look at our weaknesses in
the last two matches,” added Habimana.
Hong Kong, China
confirmed their place in the Repechage by beating Cook Islands
77-3. They join Canada, who were confirmed in the Repechage in
Feb following their defeat to Uruguay in the Americas. Germany
made the final team after they lost out to Samoa in the play-off
The winner in
Marseille will secure a slot into Pool B at rugby World Cup
alongside defending champions New Zealand, South Africa, Italy