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Kenya to Host 2022 Barthes Cup, KRU Announces

by Zablon Ondari
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The 2022 Barthes U20 Trophy will be held in Nairobi from 9th to 17th April.

Kenya Rugby Union chairman Oduor Gangla confirmed this during the official launch of the Rugby Africa 2022 competition calendar in Kampala.

Gangla said that this year, eight teams led by the hosts Kenya would be participate in the competition. Others are Madagascar, Senegal, Tunisia, Zimbabwe, Ivory Coast, Namibia, and Zambia.

“This is a major step forward for U20 rugby in Africa and as the Kenya Rugby Union, we are honoured and humbled to have the opportunity to host this event. It is the first time we are hosting one unified competition for this age group,” he said.

“Preparations are going on, and we are looking forward to a very competitive event where the young players come out and showcase their talent and ability. I must appreciate the government through the Ministry of Sport, Culture and Heritage led by Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohammed as well as the Local Organising Committee for their hard work towards delivering this event. This year’s event will be played in front of spectators and we look forward to hosting a memorable event in Nairobi,” he added.

The Barthes U20 Trophy is the Rugby Africa U20 championship. Teams compete on an annual basis and the winners of the competition earn the right to represent the African continent at the World Rugby Junior Trophy.

Kenya are the current champions after defeating Madagascar 21-20 in last year’s title decider at the Nyayo National Stadium in Nairobi.

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