Kenya Lionesses qualify for WXV Championship after second place in RAWC

Kenya Lionesses duo celebrate. Photo Courtesy/KRU

Kenya Lionesses have secured their place in the 2025 World Rugby WXV Championship third tier tournament after a resounding 52-3 victory against Cameroon.

The Kenyan emerged as the runners-up in the Rugby Africa Cup, earning a spot in the newly introduced World Rugby WXV’s third tier. Meanwhile, tournament champions South Africa qualified for the second tier of the prestigious competition.

While Kenya did suffer a defeat to long-time continental rival South Africa, they quickly rebounded and showcased their strength by securing an emphatic victory against Cameroon.

Nelly Chikombe and Grace Odhiambo scored the opening tries of the game with Adhiambo adding the extras for a 14-0 lead.

The Lionesses added unconverted try for a 19-0 lead. In the second half, the Lionesses added 33 more points for an emphatic win.

They anxiously awaited the outcome of the match between Madagascar and South Africa, as a loss for Madagascar would solidify Kenya’s qualification.

The Kenya Lioness had reason to celebrate as Madagascar suffered a resounding 79-3 defeat the hand of South Africa. With this loss, Kenya’s place in the World Rugby tournament was confirmed.

The tournament overall was dominated by South Africa, who emerged as the undisputed champions.

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