Kenya Lionesses, the national rugby 15-a-side will be playing Colombia in the rescheduled repechage match next month.
The Nyayo national stadium show will be played on August 25th after it was moved from 18 April 2020 before being postponed in support of the Kenyan Government’s precautionary measures to protect public health against the COVID-19 pandemic which ravaged local and international sport.
Kenya Rugby Union Chairman Oduor Gangla said, “This is the first time we have an opportunity to be able to compete for the right to play in the RWC and it is a testament to the growth of the women’s game in our country.”
Obviously it is unknown territory and we have started our preparations for the game and are really looking forward to the particular match where we will be able to test ourselves against Colombia and hopefully proceed on to the repechage.
The women’s team has been evolving and making a lot of progress. We’ve also now split our sevens and fifteens teams just to ensure that we are able to field a very competitive side going into the competitions. We’ve just had two fixtures in the Rugby Africa Women’s Cup as part of our preparations, the first time that we have played without our sevens players and that is a pointer of the depth that we are developing in the women’s game in Kenya.
Kenya’s Lionesses earned their ticket to this stage of the competition after finishing second behind South Africa in the 2019 Rugby Africa Women’s Cup while Colombia’s Las Tucanes defeated Brazil 23-19 in their Sudamérica Rugby region playoff fixture on Saturday 7 March 2020.