Kenya vs Colombia set for August

A must win for Kenya.

Madagascar players vie for the ball against Kenya's Terry Ayetsa (wearing red) during the Rugby Africa Women's Cup finals at Nyayo Stadium, Nairobi on July 11 2021.

Kenya Lionesses will play Colombia in their rescheduled Rugby World Cup (RWC) repechage qualifier on Wednesday, August 25 2021 at the Nyayo National Stadium in Nairobi.

This fixture was originally set for Saturday, April 18 2020 before being postponed in support of the government’s precautionary measures to protect public health against the COVID-19 pandemic which ravaged local and international sport.

Head Coach Felix Oloo, currently in Tokyo for the Olympics with the Kenya women’s national sevens team said, “As a technical bench we are spoiled for choice and pretty positive heading into the clash against Colombia.”

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."

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, March 7 2020.

The repechage tournament will consist of the second placed teams in the Asia, Europe and Oceania regional tournaments and the winner of the play-off between Kenya and Colombia.

The 2021 Rugby World Cup is scheduled to be the ninth edition of the Rugby World Cup for women, to be held in New Zealand in the cities of Auckland and Whangārei.

It was originally to be held in 2021, but was officially postponed by a year in March 2021 due to COVID-19 and will now take place from 8 October to 12 November 2022.

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