NAIROBI: KENYA has announced a series of international friendlies ahead of the crucial Confederation of African Rugby 1A tournament.
Among other key international rugby matches lined up for Kenya comprise ties against Germany, Hong Kong, Portugal and Romania, scheduled for April to June.
Kenya Rugby Union (KRU) secretary, Eddy Omondi, confirmed the international friendlies saying they meant to prepare the squad ahead of the Confederation of African Rugby 1A tournament.
Omondi said Kenya would play both Hong Kong and Portugal at home before travelling away to fulfil two more rugby international fixtures against Germany and Romania before July.
“As you are aware, we missed out narrowly on qualifying for the World Cup this year in England. We need to make the team competitive for the next edition and what we are doing is part of our strategic plan for the next four years,” Omondi said.
He praised his charges that lost to Zimbabwe last year but beat Namibia and Madagascar in the Confederation of African Rugby tournament.
“We have a very good squad which beat Namibia and Madagascar last year. We were, however, unlucky to lose to Zimbabwe in the final match and I am sure with the hunger and desire, the boys can reclaim the title,” Omondi said.
The Confederation of African Rugby 1A tournament is set for July. Kenya is Africa’s third rugby power-house after South Africa and Zimbabwe.
SOURCE: CAJ NEWS AGENCY