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Kenya Simbas coach Snook speaks on World Cup chances

Kenya Simbas coach Snook speaks on World Cup chances

Veteran Namibia fullback Chrysander Botha and Louis van der Westhuizen each scored two tries as the Welwitschias sealed a sixth successive qualification for the Rugby World Cup with a 53-28 victory over Kenya at the Hage Geingob Rugby Stadium on Saturday.

Namibia went onto the offensive from the start on Saturday, forcing the visitors to concede an early penalty try.

The final round of matches in the Rugby Africa Gold Cup saw Tunisia defeat Morocco 36-13 in Monastir and Zimbabwe beat Uganda 38-13 in Kampala, results that saw Morocco relegated to the Silver Cup competition for 2019. Kenya needs a centre of excellence and high-performance rugby centre, particularly in the western region, where most of the rugby players are drawn from.

That final qualifying round will feature Kenya, Germany, Canada and Hong Kong, and will be played in Marseille, France, in November.

Journalists interested in participating in this online press conference will be able to ASK QUESTIONS LIVE VIA THE INTERNET to Kenya captain Davis Chenge, Kenya Team Manager Wangila Simiyu, and Namibia Rugby Union CEO Mervin Green.




Despite scoring 44 tries and only conceding five at the other end to top the Rugby Africa Gold Cup table with a flawless record, Namibia coach Phil Davies is too experienced to take anything for granted when his side take on Kenya in Windhoek on Saturday for a place at Rugby World Cup 2019. "There's a lot to play for with World Cup qualification on the line, so they'll come with everything they've got". "It has been hard with no warm-up games and going in cold for one-off test matches", Snook told Xinhua.

"We played well today, the team stuck to the game plan".

"I am expecting them to be ready for an 80-minute effort and look forward to the match with great anticipation".

Both teams have amassed four wins in the six-team competition and face off in a must-win clash to see who will qualify directly for the Rugby World Cup in Japan in 2019. However, we still have a second chance for the losers in the repêchage but there will be a huge drive for the team that wins in Windhoek.

Kenya know too well that they find themselves facing their biggest test this season and having been run close by Uganda, Morocco and Zimbabwe, the work is cut out for them heading into Southern Africa. It promises to be a fantastic occasion that will make everyone connected with African rugby proud.


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