From July 1 to 10, the African Rugby Cup will take place. The competition counts towards qualifying for the 2023 World Cup in France. Eight teams qualified through the preliminary round will compete for the title in a direct knockout format. Quarter-finals, semi-finals and final at the end will become we will know the African champion as well as the world qualifier, who will join pool A, where France, New Zealand, Italy and Italy are located. ‘Uruguay. The finalist of the competition will be reversed in the repechage tournament which will take place in November this year and which will be the last chance of qualification for the World tricolor.
Namibia, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Zimbabwe, Senegal, Algeria, Uganda and Kenya will meet this year in Marseille and Aix-en-Provence. These eight teams make up, have the particularity of including many players playing in France, especially in the amateur divisions! In the lead obviously, Algeria. All the players lined up for the Rugby Africa Cup 2022 play in France. Whether it’s captain Jonathan Best, former Grenoble and Biterrois, who left for RC Romans, or the twirling winger from Rouen Nadir Megdoud, Algeria relies on a group that trains regularly in good conditions with good individuality . It now remains to build a collective for this African Cup.
RUGBY. Algeria, Portugal, etc.. These small nations that exploded in 2021!Future adversaries of Namibia, Burkina Faso will also be able to count on the contribution of “Europeans”. Pillar Boris Tankeu Tchiwo, playing in Federal 2 at FC Tournon-Tain Rugby, as well as Aboubacar Yamba from Rugby Club Palavas les Genêts, will bring expertise to the group.
RUGBY. They train twice a week on clay and dream of the World Cup in FranceCôte d’Ivoire is largely represented by players playing in France. With a much larger rugby tradition than most of its neighbours, players like Bakary Meité, Carcasonne’s second line in Pro D2 and author of an excellent season, and Evrad Dion Oulai, French National champion with Massy, be part of the workforce. Another Massicois evolving this time with Senegal: Kaman Gassama. The second line will be accompanied by the pillars of Suresnes (Nationale) Kaba Cissé and Ousmane N’Diaye. Finally, two Federal 3 players from RC Amiens and RC Compiègne will defend the colors of Zimbabwe. This is the opening half of Riaan O’Neill, as well as Shayne Makombe.
Namibia, it, the big favorite of the competition, has the emblematic Pieter-Jan Van Lill, former player of Aviron Bayonnais and now in Valence Romans Drôme Rugby. Only two teams have a workforce, almost all of which extends to the country or the African continent. These are Uganda and Kenya. The Ugandans, invited in 1987 to the first World Cup and the Kenyans, very present on the world rugby sevens circuit, will travel to France with a very local workforce. The competition, organized in France, therefore allows players who play in mainland France to participate more easily, and also to offer a window of visibility for African rugby.