Talks underway to host Four-Nations rugby tourney in 2015

21 Nov 2013 13:30pm
WINDHOEK, 21 NOV (NAMPA) – Plans are underway to invite Uganda for a Windhoek Draught Four-Nations’ tournament next year after the hugely successful Tri-Nations’ rugby tournament here, which ended on Saturday.
The Tri-Nations’ tournament took place between host Namibia, Zimbabwe and Kenya, with Namibia emerging victorious.
“We started with discussions regarding the Four-nations’ tournament, and we are planning to start this tournament in 2015,” Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Namibia Rugby Union (NRU), Sybrand de Beer, told Nampa on Thursday.
He said they are targeting Uganda, and hope that negotiations will be successful in that regard.
Meanwhile, De Beer noted that the Welwitchias’ win in the 2013 Windhoek Draught Tri-Nations’ series will take them a step closer to the 2015 Rugby World Cup in England.
Qualifying matches will take place in Madagascar during June/July 2014, and the winner will represent the African continent at the 2015 Rugby World Cup.
The Welwitchias are grouped with hosts Madagascar, Kenya and Zimbabwe in that qualifying tournament.
Namibia is currently ranked 23rd on the International Rugby Board (IRB), while South Africa, the best team on the continent, is ranked second, and New Zealand first.
South Africa, a test-playing country, automatically qualifies for the Rugby World Cup, but non-test playing countries like Namibia have to play qualifying matches.
If Namibia qualifies for the 2015 Rugby World Cup, it will play against test-playing countries like New Zealand, Argentina and Tonga in Pool C.