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Africa Men’s 7s Pools confirmed, Kenya 7s in Pool B

Kenya 7s George Ooro Angeyo breaks through the South Africa defense on day two of the HSBC Canada Sevens at BC Place Stadium on 4 March, 2023 in Vancouver, Canada. Photo credit: Mike Lee - KLC fotos for World Rugby

The pools for the Africa Men’s 7s tournament have been unveiled ahead of the competition scheduled to take place at Harare Sports from September 16 to 17, 2023.

The winner will book a direct ticket to the Paris Olympics while the second and third-placed teams will secure qualification for the 2024 Final Olympic Qualification Tournament.

South Africa in Pool A

South Africa, who were unable to secure a direct ticket to the Paris Olympics during the World 7s Series, enter the tournament as the top-seeded team in the Africa Men’s 7s.

The African Giants are determined to clinch victory and secure their place in the prestigious global event and will face off with Madagascar, Tunisia and Cote D’Ivoire.

Siviwe Soyizwapi goes over early in the Cup quarter-final against Australia.
LONDON, ENGLAND – MAY 29: Siviwe Soyizwapi of South Africa scores a try during the cup quarter final match between Australia and South Africa on day two of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series on May 29, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Warren Little)

Kenya 7s, on the other hand, find itself in Pool B as they aim to bounce back from a disappointing performance witnessed in 2022.

With aspirations of winning the title and securing a ticket to their third consecutive Olympics, Kenya 7s also seek to book a place in World Challenger Series with the hope of making an immediate return to the series.

They are pooled alongside Zambia, Namibia, and Nigeria who won the qualifying round.

Pool C promises exciting matchups as African champions Uganda and runners-up Zimbabwe find themselves grouped together, intensifying the competition among these formidable teams. The Pool Also has Burkina Faso and Algeria.

Kenya 7s players huddle in a World 7s Series event, Photo Courtesy/World Rugby.Kenya 7s players huddle in a World 7s Series event, Photo Courtesy/World Rugby.
Kenya 7s players huddle in a World 7s Series event, Photo Courtesy/World Rugby.

A total of twelve teams will participate in each tournament, and the top two teams from each pool will earn qualification for the 2024 Challenger Series, with the exception of South Africa.

2023 Africa Men’s 7s Pools:

Pool A: South Africa, Madagascar, Tunisia, Cote D’Ivoire

Pool B: Kenya 7s, Zambia, Namibia, Nigeria

Pool C: Uganda, Zimbabwe, Burkina Faso, Algeria

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