African RWC Qualifiers Semi-final pairings confirmed

Kenya Simbas celebrate. Photo Courtesy/ Denis Acre-half.
Kenya Simbas celebrate. Photo Courtesy/ Denis Acre-half.

The Rugby Africa Cup 15S semi-final pairings have been known after the completion of the Cup quarterfinal matches played on Friday and Saturday.

The teams will have three days to recover and prepare for the semi-final, which will determine who advances to the final of the competition which is serving as Africa’s qualification route to the 2023 Rugby World Cup.

Kenya Simbas will face Algeria in the first quarterfinal on Wednesday 6 June at 19:00 hours East African time at Stade Delort, Marseille.

Simbas scored six converted tries and defeated Uganda Cranes 42-7 in the quarterfinals to qualify for the final four. John Okoth scored twice, while Bethuel Anami, Samuel Asati, Teddy Akala, and Thomas Okeyo each had one try. Darwin Mukidza converted five tries and Jone Kubu added one in the victory.

Algeria’s next opponents proved superior, knocking out Senegal, who torment Kenya Simbas in Nairobi in 2021. Algeria defeated Senegal 35-12 to book a ticket to the semis.

Namibia will face Zimbabwe Sables in a 2200 hours (EAT) semi-final at Stade Maurice David in Aix-en-Provence. Namibia advanced to the semis after defeating Burkina Faso 71-5.

The Sables proceeded to the last four after defeating Ivory Coast 38-11 in Marseille’s second quarter-final. The winning semi-finalists will go to the final, which is scheduled for Sunday.

The winner of the eight-team knockout competition will represent Africa at the RWC2023, which will be held in France 14 months later.

The team will be in Pool A, which consists of New Zealand, France, Italy, and Uruguay.

Uganda Cranes will play Senegal at 1600 hours in the ranking semi-final while Burkina Faso will take on Ivory Coast in the second-ranking semi-final.

Rugby Africa Cup quarterfinal dates and venues (Timings in East Africa)

1 July 2022

Namibia 71-5 Burkina Faso –

Zimbabwe Sables38-11  Ivory Coast

2 July 2022

Uganda Cranes 7-42 Kenya Simbas

Senegal 12-35 Algeria

Rugby Africa Cup Semis

6 July 2022

Namibia vs Zimbabwe Sables -Stade Maurice-David in Aix-en-Provence. (22:00 EAT)

Kenya Simbas vs Algeria-Stade Pierre-Delort in Marseille (19:00 EAT)

Ranking semis 

Burkina Faso vs Ivory Coast -Stade Maurice-David in Aix-en-Provence ( 1900  EAT ).

Uganda Cranes vs Senegal -Stade Pierre-Delort in Marseille (16:00 EAT)


10 July 2022


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


Loser 1 vs lose 2

Fifth play-off


Seventh playoff


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