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2023 RWC Qualifiers: Dates and venues for Rugby Africa Cup quarter finals confirmed

Kenya Simbas in a past action. Photo Courtesy/KRU.

The Rugby Africa Cup 2022, which will also serve as the final round of the Rugby World Cup 2023 qualifying for African countries, will be held in France from July 1 to 10, 2022.

The competition will be hosted at Aix-en-Stade Provence’s Maurice-David and Marseille’s Stade Pierre-Delort, which hosted the RWC 2019 Final Qualification Tournament.

The Rugby Africa Cup pool stage was contested in July 2021, following the Rugby Africa Cup Repechage 2021, and determined the eight teams that will compete in the quarter-finals in France.

Namibia, who are bidding to reach a seventh successive Rugby World Cup, Senegal, Uganda and Zimbabwe qualified for the quarter-finals as pool winners. They were joined in the last eight by pool runners-up Burkina Faso, Algeria, Kenya Simbas and Ivory Coast.

Burkina Faso, ranked 91st in the World Rugby Men’s Rankings will face Namibia on Friday 1 July 2022  in the first quarterfinal match set for Stade Pierre-Delort in Marseille.

Senegal will face Algeria in the second quarterfinal at the same venue on 1 July.

Kenya Simbas will take on the Uganda Cranes on Saturday 2 July at Stade Maurice-David in Aix-en-Provence. Zimbabwe Sables will also face Ivory Coast on 2 July at the same venue. 

The victor of the eight-team knockout competition will represent Africa in the RWC 2023 in France 14 months later. New Zealand, hosts France, Italy, and Uruguay are all in Pool A for the Africa 1 qualifier.

Whoever finishes as runners-up following the much-anticipated Rugby Africa Cup 2022 final on 10 July will still have a chance of qualifying for RWC 2023 through the Final Qualification Tournament.

Rugby Africa Cup quarterfinal dates and venues

1 July 2022

Namibia vs Burkina Faso – Stade Pierre-Delort in Marseille

Senegal vs Algeria – Stade Pierre-Delort in Marseille

2 July 2022

Uganda Cranes vs Kenya Simbas – Stade Maurice-David in Aix-en-Provence.

Zimbabwe Sables vs Ivory Coast- Stade Maurice-David in Aix-en-Provence.

Rugby Africa Cup Semis

6 July 2022

Namibia-Burkina Faso vs Senegal-Algeria -Stade Maurice-David in Aix-en-Provence.

Uganda Cranes-Kenya Simbas vs Zimbabwe Sables-Ivory Coast -Stade Pierre-Delort in Marseille

Ranking semis 

Stade Maurice-David in Aix-en-Provence.

Stade Pierre-Delort in Marseille

Final 

10 July 2022

Gold

Winner 1 vs winner 2 -Stade Maurice-David in Aix-en-Provence.

Bronze

Loser 1 vs lose 2

Fifth play-off

TBC

Seventh playoff

TBC

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