2024 Barthes Trophy dates, fixtures and participants confirmed

Kenya U20 (Chipu) among teams set for 2024 Barthes Trophy. PHOTO/Rugby Afrique

Rugby Africa has announced the dates, fixtures, and participants for the 2024 Barthes trophy tournament scheduled to take place in Zimbabwe.

The event is set to run from April 18 to April 29, with Matchdays scheduled for April 20, 24, and 28 at the Old Georgians Sports Club in Zimbabwe.

Barthes Trophy participants

According to the fixtures released by Rugby Africa, only four teams will compete in this year’s edition.

Kenya U20 captain posses with fellow captains in 2023 . photo/KRU

On Match Day 1, Kenya U20 will face off against Tunisia in the early kick-off, while Zimbabwe will take on Tunisia in the late kick-off.

Matchday two will witness Kenya U20, also known as Chipu, going head-to-head against Tunisia, while Zimbabwe will face off against Namibia.


During Matchday three, Namibia will battle Tunisia, and Zimbabwe is set to play against Kenya. Zimbabwe U20 secured victory in the last two editions, notably defeating Kenya U20 28-7 in the final at Nyayo Stadium in 2023.

The winner of the tournament will secure qualification for the 2024 World Rugby U20 Trophy, the fourteenth edition of the second-tier age-grade rugby competition.

This year, the tournament will be held in Scotland for the first time, specifically at the 7,800-capacity Edinburgh Rugby Stadium in Edinburgh.

Kenya U20 squad in a Barthes Trophy event. Photo Courtesy/KRU

Kenya U20 squad in a Barthes Trophy event. Photo Courtesy/KRU

Kenya U20 will be led by coach Simon Jawichre, who took over from Curtis Olago.

Barthes Trophy fixtures

Matchday 1 20 April
Kenya vs Namibia 2pm
Zimbabwe vs Tunisia

Matchday 2 24 April
Kenya vs Tunisia 2pm
Zimbabwe vs Namibia 4pm

Matchday 3 Sunday 28
Namibia vs Tunisia 2pm
Zimbabwe vs Kenya 4pm

Kenya U2o training squad

Tight Head Props

Hafidh Abdulrehman Mohamed (Mombasa RFC)

Darren Oluoch (Kabras Sugar)

Mike Muriithi (Kabras Sugar)

Geylord Mgasi (Daystar Falcons)


Joseph Gitoi (Daystar Falcons)

Owen Ayieko (Kenyatta University Blak Blad)

Dennis Ochieng (Shamas Foundation)

Brian Shile (Kenyatta University Blak Blad)

Sospeter Rofino (South Coast Pirates)

Jeremy Odhiambo (CUEA Monks)

Loose Head Props

Erick Juma (Daystar Falcons)

Ogutu Wycliffe (Daystar Falcons)

Dillan Ouma (Blak Blad)

Dennis Kisingu (Strathmore Leos)

Adenya Nyandusi (Strathmore Leos)


Leon Onduso (Impala)

Aldrine Andaje (Daystar Falcons)

Andycole Omolo (KCB)

Eugene Etale (Menengai Oilers)

Nathan Tsindoli (Daystar Falcons)

Edmond Omondi (MMUST)

Eddy Otieno (Northern Suburbs)

Hillary Rooney (MKU)

John Asega (SC Pirates)

Kelvin Okwanyo (Maseno)


Maxwell Kipsang (Nondies)

Biphon Mbaka (Homeboyz Rugby)

Mark Muraya (D Kimathi)

Willy Tino (JKUAT)

Jeremy Namiti (Kenya Harlequin)

Iddo Kuta (Kenya Harlequin)

Justine Lunale (Menengai Oilers)


Patrick Wainaina (Kenya Harlequin)

Roymark Maruti (Kabras Sugar)

Obed Aberi (Homeboyz Rugby)

Charles Maina (Molo)

Brian Mwendwa (Unattached)


40. Mike Wamalwa (KCB)

Daniel Kipchirchir (W. Bulls)

Issa Benjamin (KCA)

Darrel Brantana (Kabras Sugar)

Joseph Ouma (Unattached)

Jean Claude Aywah (Daystar Falcons)

Dennis Ndayala (Mwamba RFC)

Back Three

Simon Buluku (Mwamba RFC)

Rene Wangalachi (Mwamba RFC)

Samuel Mutua (MKU)

Eugene Ojiambo (Mwamba RFC)


Jackson Siketi (Kabras Sugar)

Elvis Otete (Kenyatta University Blak Blad)

Benson Kihiti (Unattached)

Derrick Owino (Administration Police Warriors)

Olusisa Branton (Administration Police Warriors)

Brian Kiptanui (Kabras Sugar)

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